Wigtown Show has always been fortunate to secure quality judges and 2016 is no exception.
This year there is a Young Farmers theme to the judging panel as the show honours the importance of Young Farmers Clubs to our rural community and marks the 80th anniversary of Wigtownshire Young Farmers Club.
This year’s judges are either in the Young Farmers age bracket or have a connection to the organisation.
Traditionally, you had to have worked the show circuit for several decades before being asked to judge anywhere.
However there is a wealth of young knowledge and enthusiasm in the livestock world and many Breed Societies are now running judging workshops for their young members so the committee had no problem nominating talented young stock men & women to judge the classes this year.
Between them they have already achieved many accolades. For example the Clydesdale judge, Matthew Bedford is the current holder of the prestigious Cawdor Cup while Light horse judges Hannah Sloan and Alice Greenwood have both been qualifiers for the Horse of the Year Show. The cattle and sheep judges are all notable stockmen within their breeds, with a keen eye for stock and a natural ability of turning livestock out for the show and sale ring.
They are all more than capable of judging and it will be interesting to see whether they follow traditional methods or choose a more modern style.
The honour of judging this year’s Champion of Champions goes to Mr Andrew McConchie, a keen Young Farmer in his day and an inspiration to many current Young Farmers as was evident at his sale of quality stock when he retired from Mains of Penninghame Farm, Newton Stewart recently.