Golden day for the Goldies

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Simmental breeder Jim Goldie from Annan had never shown at the Wigtown Agricultural Show until Wednesday, but having scooped the Craig Cup for the Champion of Champions with his Simmental cow, Newbiemains Eclypes, he has vowed to make a return trip next year to defend the crown.

“How jammy is that”, he laughed, “this is the first time we have shown here!

“I always wanted to come to Wigtown but, until this year, we never had the chance. She a very good cow, She’s three years old and has had her first calf. She was champion at the Northumberland Show, she was runner-up at the Highland Show and she won at the Great Yorkshire Show last year.

“It’s tremendous, I’ll definitely be back next year!”

It was a family occasion for the Goldies, from Newbie Mains Farm, with sons Andrew, Niall and five-year old Jim junior helping to show the cow and her calf. Young Jim looked as proud as punch as the champions ribbon was tied round his charge, announcing that winning the top prize was “fantastic”.

Top judge Andrew McConchie said the winner “caught his eye” the moment she walked in to the ring.

He said: “The winner is very, very correct and very imposing.

“It has been a tremendous honour to be asked to judge the champion of champions at Wigtown Show. It certainly concentrates the mind! It was a challenge as, as everyone knows, Wigtown Show always has such excellent stock on display, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Reserve to the champion was the Clydesdale mare, Forneath Lucky Daisy, shown by Charlotte Young, Hall Farm, Ayr. The mare was the overall winner in 2013, and the runner-up last year as well. A chuffed Charlotte pointed out that the mare’s sister was also runner-up to the champion in 2014. Judge Andrew was almost as impressed with the six-year-old Clydesdale as the Simmental, his keen stock judging eye noting that she was at the top of her game. “She is just blooming today”, he commented.

Thankfully, the predicted rain and wind restricted itself to a hour in the morning, when the poultry tent suddenly had a lot of visitors, but by the time the champions parade of livestock took place it was warm and dry. But as if on cue, the heavens opened the minute the parade was over.

Show convenor Kenny Adams said: “It was a good day, it’s pity the rain just beat us in the end! But the winner was a tremendous animal. You could not fault her and everyone I have spoken to agreed she was the deserved winner.

“Having the young farmers as the judges was also a brilliant idea and it went down well with everybody.”