Blackface breeder honoured

Blackface Breeders Association.

Blackface Breeders Association.

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Renowned breeder Graham McClymont, Cuil, Palnure, was recognised for his services to the Blackface Sheep breed, at the Blackface Sheep Breed’s Association annual general meeting in Stirling, last week when he won the Connachan Salver.

Graham was presented with the award by Billy Renwick, the president of the Blackface Shee Breeders’ Association.

Born and brought up with Blackface sheep at the Cuil, Graham McClymont has bred shearling rams at Newton Stewart to a top price of £36,000 and £35,000 and ram lambs off his Clanary unit at Creetown to £35,000. A former Young Farmer’s stockman of the year, he has also won the YFC national speechmaking competition. A renowned judge of pedigree sheep and cattle at both local and national level having judged both the inter-breed sheep and cattle at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, he was also the first person in Scotland to introduce Salers cattle and is a founder member of the Salers Cattle Society.

More recently, he became a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society and was presented the Sir William Young Award for his services to the industry at the Highland Show almost 10 years ago.