Son of Obama wins spring show

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A Newton Stewart breeder has taken the top honours at this year Blackface spring show.

The Dumfries and Galloway Branch of Blackface Sheep Breeders held their Ninth Annual Spring show on Saturday 5th March within Newton Stewart Auction Mart, by kind permission of Craig Wilson Ltd.

A total of 76 sheep were brought before the judge, Mr Tom Paterson of Dunruchan Farm, Crieff.

Taking the Champion title this year was an entry from Graham & Colin McClymont of the Cuil, Newton Stewart. This winner of the Aged Tup class is a son of Obama and out of a ewe by £1100 Craig, Straiton and was bought from Little Larg at New Luce for £31, 000 in 2013.

Taking the Reserve Champion ticket was a Home Bred Tup Hogg from Jim & Fiona Burns, Craignell, New Galloway with a son of the £14,000 Elmscleugh.

Winner of the Juvenile Handlers Trophy was Fraser McTaggart of Glen, Gatehouse with a ewe Hogg. Ben Mitchell of Barlure, New Luce took the Reserve spot with a tup Hogg.

The four Stockjudging classes were judged by Mrs Mhari Paterson. It was once again well supported and the winner of this was Andrew Ramsay of Milnmark, Dalry.

The branch would like to thank all the sponsors, competitors, spectators and Craig Wilson Ltd for making the evening, once again, a success.

The Blackface breed is the most numerous breed in Britain accounting for over 1.7 million ewes, representing 11% of the British pure-bred flock. The vast majority are found in Scotland. The outstanding qualities of the breed are survivability, adaptability and versatility, with the ability to fit into any farming situation. They are one of the hardiest sheep breeds in the country and are the backbone of the Scottish sheep industry.