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Royal Highland Show ’19 – Sheep Champions

Leading the way in the sheep inter-breed competition at this year’s Royal Highland was the Texel champion, which was selected as best overall by judge Archie MacGregor, Allanfauld.

Triumphing over the 26 sheep breeds was a home-bred gimmer by Teiglum Young Gun, from Douganhill Farms, managed by Brian MacTaggart. Shown by son David, this win marked a return to showing at the Highland for the MacTaggarts, after a 12-year break.

Reserve overall was the North Country Cheviot, a two-crop ewe from the Thomsons at Hownam Grange.

In the pairs contest, the British Rouge duo from Percy Tait won overall, with the Blackfaces from the Ramsays of Milnmark and Finlay Robertson, Crosswoodhill, finishing reserve.

Below are the champions of each breed, followed by the poultry and goat winners, but there are many more…to view them all, head to Photo Sales.

Inter-breed champion, Douganhill Farms, Castle Douglas, with a gimmer by Teiglum Young Gun, out of a ewe by Cairnam Tavish
Reserve overall sheep, the North Country Cheviot, Victoria, a two-crop ewe by Wandylaw Scrumpy Jack, out of a ewe by Durran Peebles, from W & J Thomson, Hownam Grange
The Suffolk finished third overall, a Lakeview-bred two-crop ewe by Solwaybank Major, out of a ewe by Cairness Classic Fyvie, from Stewart Craft
Also in the final line-up, the traditional Bluefaced Leicester champion from Frank Johnson, Bishop Auckland, a three-crop ewe bought at the Rossiebank dispersal as a ewe lamb
Blackface champion from W Ramsay and Sons, Milnmark, Dalry, a one-crop ewe that was reserve female last year, by a £16,000 Dyke ram, out of a ewe by a home-bred son of a Crossflatt sire
Ryeland champion, a home-bred gimmer, Carsfad Yaas Queen, by Carsfad Valencia, from Andrew Hunter Blair, Nether Cleugh
Charollais champion from Eilidh and Erin Duncan, Braemuir, Auchnagatt – Braemuir Diamond, a home-bred gimmer by Loanhead Single Malt, out of a ewe by Riverdale Noble
Border Leicester best, Sandy and Alex Watson’s five-crop ewe by Didcot Drambuie, out of a ewe by Eildon Eager
Commercial champion, Iain Wilson, Upper Coullie, Fettercairn, with a Half-bred gimmer that was bred at Stobshiel Mains
Cheviot champion, Castle Crusader, a three-shear ram from J Robertson, Becks, Langholm, exhibiting at the Highland for the first time. He is by a Crossdykes ram
Lleyn champion, JA and R Geldard, Low Foulshaw, Kendal, with a home-bred two-shear ram by a Botacho sire
Jacob champion from W & E Crowe, Heughhead Farm, Froickheim, Rowanbank Hector, a two-shear ram by Hope Laddie, out of Hope Becky
Bleu Du Maine winner from Rachel and Calum Cruden, Standing Stones, Dyce – Dunelm Pippa, a one-crop ewe by Rumwell Jonas, out of Dunelm Move It
North Country Cheviot Hill champion from WD Allen, Stouphill, Alnwick, the four-shear ram, Badenloch Tip Top Tup, bought last year for £11,000. He is by North Lochnaver Nomad
Berrichon best from Ewan Burgess, Maryfield, New Abbey – Criffel Tui, a home-bred gimmer by Criffel Spartan, out of a home-bred dam
Blue Texel champion, a gimmer by the record price 18,000gns ram, Joe’s Alvin, out of last year’s Royal Welsh champion, Hackney Yikes, from Paul and Christine Tippetts
Bluefaced Leicester Coloured champion from J Wight & Son, Midlock, Crawford – a home-bred shearling by the £10,000 K1 Highberries, out of a ewe by E1 Barff House
Swaledale champion, a home-bred shearling by a £3000 Clive Dent-bred ram, from Mark and Fiona Ewbank, Intake, winning their first Highland championship
Hampshire Down champion from breed secretary Janet Hill, Plan Farm, Kingarth, Isle of Bute, a home-bred two-crop ewe by Whitehead Crusader, out of Isle of Bute Mairi
North of England Mule champion from Neil Marston, Cockermouth, a ewe lamb by Highberries Highlander, out of a ewe bought at Hawes
Rouge champion, Knighton Sugar Tits, a two-crop ewe from Percy Tait, Broughton Manor, Worcester, by a home-bred sire. Her twin sister was champion here as a gimmer
Scotch Mule champion, a home-bred gimmer from Finlay Robertson, Crosswoodhill, West Calder, by K4 Midlock, out of a Crosswoodhill-bred ewe
Beltex champion from Jock McMillan, Carse of Clary, Newton Stewart – a gimmer, Clary Delight, sired by the 7000gns Hackney Braveheart and out of a ewe by an imported Belgian sire
Shetland champion from Joan Brunton, Fieldview, Haddington, Fieldview Esmee, a white gimmer by Fieldview Abraham, out of Fieldview Ismay
Zwartbles champion from Neil Millar, Woodhouse Mains, Kirkpatrick Fleming, the two-shear ram Joyfield Emperor, sired by Joyfield Sir Benson and out of a home-bred ewe
Best pair, the Rouge team
Reserve overall pair, the Blackfaces
The Hamilton family presented a cheque for £6250 to RSABI, raised from donations at the late John Hamilton’s funeral
Best overall sheep young handler, Katie Aiken
Poultry young handler champion, Angus McGowan
Katie and Angus went on to stand champion and reserve in the inter-breed young handlers contest, pictured here with judges Iain and Patsy Hunter
Overall poultry champion from Kenneth Dunbar
Overall dairy goat, Guilden Erin, from Messrs Webster and Smith

There are many more photographs…to view them all, head to Photo Sales.

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