The rain stayed off for the judging at Galloway Cattle Society’s National Show which this year was held at the Westmorland County Show, Cumbria.
A quality show of Galloways awaited well known judge Willie MacLean, Argyll, who gave the Ross Family, Shawhead, Dumfries, a cause for celebration as they took the overall champion, female, reserve junior and reserve male awards.
Their overall and female champion was Moria 1003 of Romesbeoch. This 30 month-old incalf heifer is by Kirkmabreck Nimrod and she was first prize at this year’s Royal Highland Show, breed champion and reserve interbreed champion at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Daisy 1177 of Romesbeoch secured the reserve junior award. This January 2011-born heifer is also by Kirkmabreck Nimrod. The reserve male was Murphy of Romesbeoch, an eight year old bull is by Locdochart Gary and was reserve male champion at this year’s Royal Highland Show.
It was also a tremoudous day for the McMillan Family, Over Barskeoch, Dalry, showing under the name of Messrs Wallace, with their two year old heifer Urica of Over Barskeoch who secured the junior championship, reserve female and reserve overall awards. She is by a home bred sire, Greenloop Limited Edition and is the first heifer calf from Beatrice M of Over Barskeoch. Urica is no stranger to the show ring as she was junior champion at the Great Yorkshire show, a first prize winner at Stranraer and Dumfries and reserve champion at Wigtown and Glenkens shows.
The male champion made the 700-mile round trip from Devon with John and Sandra Heard, Hughslade, Okehapton, with Blackcraig Quartz. This Blackcraig Nimrod son was bred by John and Ann Finlay, Blackcraig, Corsock and was purchased at the Castle Douglas spring sale in 2010 for 5800gns. He was breed champion at this year’s Okehampton show.