SRUC students demonstrate show skills

Students at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) held their own agriculture show with more than 40 animals at the Barony Campus in Dumfries.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 8th December 2021, 5:49 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th December 2021, 5:52 pm
Becca Brown with winning dairy calf and Eliza Bowran with bulling heifer champion, and judge Abbie Baillie. Pic: Rachel Torrance
Becca Brown with winning dairy calf and Eliza Bowran with bulling heifer champion, and judge Abbie Baillie. Pic: Rachel Torrance

SRUC Instructor Colin Wilson came up with the idea of staging an agricultural show as part of the students’ practical sessions.

During November, show prep was integrated into the rotation, with sheep and cattle borrowed from the farm so students could learn to ‘dress’ and train them to appear in the ring. Andrew Struthers, who has travelled the world dressing dairy cattle, provided advice.

The show was sponsored by local companies including Davidsons of Irongray, Tarff Valley, Murray Farmcare, Cornthwaite Farm Machinery, Kerbl UK, Rutland Electric Fencing and McCaskies, and judged by former students Abbie Baillie and Morgan Reynolds.

The overall championship, as well as the Bulling Heifer and Dairy category, was won by NC Agriculture students Eliza Bowran and Katlyn McCormick.

HNC Agriculture students Angus McClymont, Murray McHarg and Thomas Young came second in the Bulling Heifer category and Robyn Jardine and Rachel Barr were third.

Overall reserve champions were HNC Agriculture students Abbie Cowan and Hamish Carr, who were named champions of the Sheep category and also won the Scotch Mule Ewe category, followed by HNC Agriculture students Adam McCombe and Duncan MacBride, and NC Agriculture students Eliza Bowran and Katlyn McCormick.

The Dairy Calves category was won by Becca Brown, Chloe Reid and Lucy Sanger, who were also named reserve Dairy champions with their calf. Angus McClymont, Murray McHarg and Thomas Young came second and Laurie Graham, Anna Kenny, Georgia Cavanagh and Eilidh Crawford came third.

Lucy Sanger and Rachel Barr, who were named reserve champions in the Sheep category, also won the Dorset Ewes category with Angus McClymont, Murray McHarg and Thomas Young coming second and Luke Smith, Jake Finlay, Andrew Campbell and Drew Fisher, third.