A gimmer from Straiton was the champion at this year’s spring show of the Dumfries and Galloway branch of the Blackface Sheep Breeders Association.
The eighth annual spring show was held on Thursday 5th March at Newton Stewart Auction Mart, by kind permission of Craig Wilson Ltd.
A total of 78 sheep were brought before the judge, Mr Billy Renwick of Blackhouse, with the home bred Tup Hogg and Ewe hogg class having 18 and 16 entries respectively.
Taking the champion title this year was a gimmer from JW Kay&Co, Gass, Straiton. Having won the overall champion as a ewe lamb at Colmonell she is by £24,000 Midlock, out of a ewe by £2,800 Midlock and was shown in lamb to £10,000 Dalwyne.
Taking the Reserve Champion ticket was a bought Tup Hogg from Glen, Gatehouse owned in partnership with Beoch, Loch Doon. Bought for £8,500 in Stirling from Dalchirla, he is by a HB son of £30,000 Aitkenhead and out of a ewe by a HB son of £14,000 Elmscleugh.
Winner of the newly presented Juvenile Handlers Trophy and also a Laggan Outdoor Voucher was Ruari McTaggart of Glen, Gatehouse with a Tup Hogg.
Little brother Fraser took the reserve spot with a Ewe Hogg. There were a total of 15 entries between the two Juvenile classes and competition was very strong. Again the stock judging was another very successful part of the evening, with Katrina Duncan of Larg, Creetown taking the trophy home.
The branch would like to thank all the sponsors, competitors, spectators and Craig Wilson Ltd for making the evening, once again, a success.
Class 1: Juvenile Handlers; 1st Ruari McTaggart; 2nd Angus McClymont; 3rd Fraser McTaggart; 4th Ruari Donald
Class 2: Juvenile Handlers; 1st Fraser McTaggart; 2nd Ruari McTaggart; 3rd Ellie McClymont; 4th George Westby
Class 3: Aged Ram; 1st Carscreugh; 2nd Cuil; 3rd Drannandow; 4th Carscreugh
Class 4: Bought Tup Hogg; 1st Glen, Gatehouse & Beoch, Loch Doon; 2nd Larg, Creetown; 3rd Fingland; 4th Craig, Straiton
Class 5: Home Bred Tup Hogg; 1st Glen, Gatehouse; 2nd Balrazzie; 3rd Balrazzie; 4th Markdhu
Class 6: Ewe; 1st Barlure; 2nd Cuil; 3rd Craig, Straiton; 4th Larg, Creetown
Class 7: Gimmer; 1st Gass; 2nd Gass; 3rd Cuil; 4th Fingland
Class 8: Ewe Hogg; 1st Glen, Gatehouse; 2nd Craig, Straiton; 3rd Glen, Gatehouse; 4th Glen, Gatehouse