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Royal Highland Show ’18 – Sheep Champions

Perfect weather conditions and some top quality stock ensured a busy sheep section at this year’s Royal Highland Show. Below are the champions of each breed (details in the captions), but there are many more…to view them all, head to Photo Sales.

Inter-breed sheep champion, the Beltex, Woodies City Girl, from Stuart Wood, Woolhillock, Skene, Westhill. This gimmer is by Carrigans Bob Lee Swagger, a Borderesk Leap Frog son. She is out of an imported ewe

Reserve in the inter-breed was the Bleu Du Maine from J & W Baillie, Hillhead of Covington, Thankerton, a home-bred gimmer on its first outing, by Maximum Obama, out of a home-bred ewe

The Commercial champion was selected as second reserve. This was a home-bred Millenium Bleu gimmer from Andrew Baillie, Carstairs Mains, Lanark, by Eildon Wolverine

Best opposite sex to the champion was the Hill North Country Cheviot winner from the Thomsons at Hownam Grange, Morebattle, Kelso. This four-shear tup, Newbank Spitfire, was bought at Lockerbie in 2016 for £8000. Sired by a Keppoch tup, he was National Show champion at the Border Union last year. He has naturally tupped 360 ewes in the past two years

The Park-type North Country Cheviot, also from the Thomsons of Hownam Grange, a home-bred gimmer by a £600 Gilston sire, out of a ewe by Hownam Grange Wee Tam

Charollais champion, Gregor and Bruce Ingram, Logie Durno Farm, Pitcaple, with Loanhead Riverdance, a home-bred one-crop ewe which stood second in its class last year. She is by Crogham Hannibal and out of Riverdale Iris, a bought-in ewe

Suffolk champion, Strathbogie Madonna, a gimmer from Jim Innes, Dunscroft, Huntly. Sired by Strathbogie A Kind of Magic, out of a ewe by Strathbeg Stan The Man. She is a full sister to the 24,000gns tup, Strathbogie Ace of Diamonds

Blackface best, from J Wight & Son, Midlock, Crawford, a two-shear ram bought for £22,000 from Lurg at Dalmally last year. Sired by a £4300 Connachan tup and out of a ewe by a £50,000 Pole, he is jointly owned by Dalchirla

Ryeland champion – Susan Bryden, Broomwell, Lochmaben, Lockerbie, with last year’s section champion, Broomwell Wallander, a two-shear ram by Broomwell Uther Pendragon, out of a Hayton ewe

Best South Country Cheviot came from JF Irving & Son, Mountbenger Farm, Yarrow, winning at the show for the third time, with a two-shear ram bought from the Catslack flock at Lockerbie last year for £1000. He is by Carlean Carter

Border Leicester champion from John Barrowman, North Knockglass Farm, Sranraer, a one-crop ewe by Eildon Epic, out of a home-bred dam by Holburn Limited Edition. She was first at the Highland as a gimmer and was National Show champion at Stranraer last year

Lleyn champion, from Tom & Ian Walling, Over Whitlaw, Lindean, Selkirk, a two-shear ram bought at Ruthin last year for £1700 from Christine Lewis, on its first outing since

Berrichon best, from the Johnstons, Kirkton Farm, Bothkennar, by Falkirk, a two-shear ram, Kirkton Rhodium, by Kirkton Jupiter, out of Kirkton Jolene. He was on his first show outing

Jacob champion, from Willie & Edith Crowe, Heughhead Farm, Froickheim, Arbroath, was Rowanbank Hector, a shearling ram by Hope Laddie, out of a Hope-bred ewe. He was first at the Highland as a lamb and stood champion at Angus this year

Blue Texel champion came from Christine Williams and Paul Tippetts, Lodge Hill Farm, Park Lane, Shifnal, a home-bred gimmer, sired by the record price Blue Texel, Joe’s Alvin, and out of a home-bred ewe. She stood champion at Bath and West Show

Best in the Hampshire Downs, from Richard Brand & Sons, East Fortune Farm, North Berwick, a home-bred December-born ram lamb by East Fortune Eros, out of a home-bred daughter of Wilstrop Badger

The Swaledale champion came from Messrs Brogden, Helbeck Farm, Brough, Kirkby Stephen, a home-bred one-crop ewe by the privately bought Kisdon Jaeger Bomb, out of a ewe by Butriggs Limelight

Bluefaced Leicester – Crossing-types were won by the Wight family, Midlock, Crawford, with a four-crop home-bred ewe which stood first in her class two years ago, by E1 Hewgill, out of a ewe by C2 Hewgill

Best in the Texels was this ram lamb from the Knox family, Mid Haddo, Fyvie, Turriff, sired by the 60,000gns Clinterty Yuga Khan, out of a ewe that was shown as a gimmer, by the 10,000gns Ellon Valley Warlord. He is destined for sale at Lanark in August

Leading the Hebridean section, Kath & Charles Heeley, Brinsop Hall Farm, West Houghton, Bolton, with Brightside Westhill, a two-crop ewe on her first show outing by the past Highland Show champion, Cinderhill Joton

Rouge champion came from Sammy & James Kerr, Nuthill Road, Moira, Co Armagh, winning their first championship at the show after taking reserve five times. Their winner was the ewe, Fairyglen Prada, by the French ram Duc, and out of Fairyglen Lightning

North of England Mule champion, from Neil Marston, Millstone Moor, Redmain, Cockermouth, a home-bred ewe lamb by Highberries Highlander, which was male champion at the Highland as a lamb, and out of a ewe bought from Mark Graham, Hunthouse

Bluefaced Leicester Traditional-type winner, from Alan McClymont, Kirkstead, Yarrow. This was G1 Burndale, a four-shear ram bought at Carlisle for £2000. By Bonvilston C1, he was champion here in 2016 and has sired lambs to £3200

The Wight family, Midlock, Crawford, also won the Scotch Mules, with a two-crop ewe which was champion two years ago and reserve last year. She is by a home-bred tup sold at Kelso for £13,500 and out of a home-bred ewe

Shetland champion was Rena Douglas, Cedar Cottage, Craigrothie, Cupar, with Ivy Dene Patroneus, a three-shear white ram by the 2016 Highland Show champion Rigg Gareth, and out of Ivy Dene Marlyn. He was champion at Drymen Show in May

Zwartbles champion, Ally Baird, Greystone Cottage, Dunblane, winning here for the third year in a row with Greystone Crannachan, a two-crop ewe which won here in 2016. She is by Greystone Alan and out of a Tardoes ewe

Inter-breed presentation, with judge, Jimmy Sinclair

Inter-breed Pairs presentation, with judge, Jimmy MacGregor. Champions were the Traditional Bluefaced Leicesters from Alan McClymont and Matt Drummond

Champion and reserve Young Handlers, Katie Aiken and Thomas Goldie

Poultry champion

Goat champion, Guilden Erin, from Messrs Webster and Smith

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