Some 500 spectators turned out to witness a tremendous show of Blackface sheep at the National Show yesterday at United Auctions’ Stirling Mart, where judge Angus Kennedy had his work cut out in the South type section, where his overall champion came in the form of the Royal Highland Show Champion, a home bred ewe from J Wight and Sons, Midlock. This two crop ewe Jubilee Queen is by a £36,000 Dalchirla tup out of a ewe by a £22,000 Dalchirla tup.
The reserve title also went to the Highland Show reserve from Bill Ramsay and Sons, Milnmark. This one is a home bred gimmer Diamond Girl by a £26,000 Crossflat sire and out of a ewe by the home-bred Emperor.
The Midlock team also took the champion male spot with a Nunnerie bred shearling which they purchased for £35,000 in partnership with Connachan and Dalchirla. The reserve male championship went to Stuart Heads and Rab McInnis from Aitkenhead with a home bred tup lamb sired by the £30,000 Aitkenhead ram and out of a £10,000 Auchloy dam.
The North section saw Judge Alan Petrie tap out Mathew Hamilton, Woolfords, to claim the overall championship ticket with a home bred Shearling off a £6500 Woolfords tup.
Standing reserve was David Nicol from Viewmount with a home bred tup lamb by Joe Smith, a Woolfords bred tup.
The champion female was also won by Woolfords with a gimmer bred the same way as their overall champion.Standing reserve female champion in this section was Stephen Duncan, Achdregnie, with a home bred ewe by a £12,000 Harkin sire out of a £700 Newmill mother.
The North of England judge James Herdman picked his male and overall champion from A Murray and Sons, Sewingshields, with a home bred shearling by The Beast, a home bred son of a Yatesfield tup.
Standing reserve was the female champion, a ewe lamb from Robert Robson, Tofthouse.
The reserve male title was awarded to the tup lamb from Selby Robson, Yatesfield. This one is by a £2200 Highleam sire with the dam by a £6200 Townshields tup. Dan Walton, Troughend, took the reserve female championship with a ewe lamb.