Farming TV star brings out the sun!

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One of the stars of the BBC TV series ‘This Farming Life’ chased away the early morning rain at the 173rd Stranraer Agricultural Show on Wednesday.

Sybil Macpherson, along with her husband George, were the guests of honour at the show in the London Road Playing Fields and proved popular with organisers, exhibitors and spectators, taking time to talk to everyone.

Yesterday morning, show chairman Alan Ramsay reflected on the big day for the Rhins farming community.

He said: “With the rain early in the morning there was a bit of congestion around the showfield, and I would like to thanks the local residents for their understanding.

“But thankful, by the afternoon it had dried up and the sun came out!

“First of all I must thank the exhibitors for a fantastic show of livestock. All the sections were supported by the best stock in the country, but if I could single of the dairy section, which was tremendous this year.

“Sybil proved to be a huge draw for people coming to the show and she is very interested in Scottish agriculture, and is a very educated lady on that subject.

“She took time to talk to everyone when she was presenting the prizes and was really interested in the parade of champions. She certainly brought a lot of people into the show and everyone seems to want to meet her!

“Thanks also to everyone who came to the show, your support is very much appreciated and we hope to see you all again in 2018.

“Finally, a word about the show field which has stood up to the weather very well. We’re lucky, as it’s a remarkable site we have and the damage done will just be superficial.”

There was success in the dairy section for M W & A Stevenson’s junior cow and Robert Buchanan’s Jersey heifer in milk. In the sheep section, Zwarbles were on show for the first time with the top prize going to C & H Duffy’s ewe. More results inside.