LIMOUSIN cross heifers led the way at the Clyde and Central Young Farmers’ calf rally at Caledonian Marts, Stirling, last week, when two secured the champion and reserve tickets and another sold for the top price of £1800.

The Scottish Farmer:

           Supreme champion was John and James Graham's That's Ma Girl

Taking the Limousin championship before being tapped forward for the supreme title was John and James Graham's That's Ma Girl, a daughter of a Lodge bull bought from Robert Currie, Low Dunasherry, when she stood champion at Oban in December. She later sold for £1700 to Fraser McNicol, Turnault, Lochgilphead.

The Scottish Farmer:

          Stephanie Dick's reserve champion, Calamity Jane

Following That's Ma Girl to stand reserve champion was YLBC chairman, Stephanie Dick’s Calamity Jane, a daughter of a Dinmore bull bought at the Welsh Winter Fair. Come sale time, she caught the eye of William and David Moir, Home Farm, Cairness, and was knocked down for £1350.

The Scottish Farmer:

           Robbie McNeil's Hocus Pocus was Charolais champion

Other breed champions included Robbie McNeil’s Charolais champion, Hocus Pocus, a pure-bred heifer by Mortimers Highlandfling bought from John Christie, Westcarse, in October. She later realised £1200 when sold to the Gilvears, Graystale.

Alasdair MacLean picked up the reserve Charolais title with his heifer which sold for £1180 to R Palmer, Alton Cottage, Fallin.

The Scottish Farmer:

         British Blue champion was Olly Shearman's Snow White

Taking the British Blue title was Snow White from Caledonian Marts’ auctioneer, Olly Shearman. His heifer was bought at Oban last December and also sold to the Gilvears, this time for £1000.

Reserve Blue was Black Betty from Dexter Logan which later sold for £1050 to Craig Malone, Pitcairn.

The Scottish Farmer:

          Top price at £1800 from Andrew Weir

Topping the YF trade at £1800, however, was a heifer from Andrew Weir which was snapped up by Craig and Jack Hendry, of Keith Commercials, Heads of Auchinderran. Placed second in her class to the champion, this 10-month-old is by a Limousin cross Blue bull and was bought from Brian Harper, Greenwells, at LiveScot.

Of the 24-strong entry of prime hoggs it was a 51kg pair from Andrew Morton, Lochend, Denny, that took the championship before selling for £112 to MJ Stark, Bluebell, Milton of Campsie.

In reserve was a 40kg duo from Christie Findlay which sold to We Hae Meats for £87.

LEADING awards:

Dairy – 1, J Graham with Graham’s Grandious Kylie; 2, G Black with Norrieston Thunderbird; 3, J Graham with Graham’s Shy Carol.

Bullock – Born between March 22 to April 8, 2016 – 1, Oliver Shearman, 520kg, £1280 to to J Paterson and Son, Low Three Mark, Stoneykirk; 2, Kirsty and Andrew Morton, 440kg, £1120 to W Dandie, Learielaw, Broxburn; 3, Andrew Weir, 490kg, £1160 to W Dandie. Born between April 13 and May 4, 2016 – 1, Andrew Weir, 450kg, £1080 to J Gilvear and Sons, Graystale, Stirling; 2, Laura Cochrane, 430kg, £1080 to W Dandie.

Heifer – Born between January 1 and February 4, 2016 – 1 reserve Limousin and reserve supreme YF, Stephanie Dick, 490kg, £1200 to W Moir, Home Farm, Cairness; 2 and British Blue champion, Oliver Shearman, 405kg, £1000 to J Gilvear and Sons; 3 and Charolais champion, Robbie McNeil, 425kg, £1200 to J Gilvear and Sons. Born between February 10 and March 12, 2016 – 1 and reserve British Blue, Dexter Logan, 425kg, £1050 to C Malone, Pitcairn, Cardenden; 2, Kirsty and Andrew Morton, 457kg, £1150 to AF Thomson and Son, Lammerview, Athelstaneford; 3, O Shearman, 425kg, £1020 to A Pettigrew, Faskine, Airdrie. Born between March 18 and April 10, 2016 – 1, Kirsty and Andrew Morton, 490kg, £1200 to J Gilvear and Sons; 2 and reserve Charolais, Alasdair MacLean, 430kg, £1180 to R Palmer, Alton Cottage, Fallin; 3, Stephen Taylor, 425kg, £1020 to A Pettigrew. Born between April 13 and May 27, 2016 – 1, Limousin champion and supreme YF champion, J and J Graham, 415kg, £1700, to J McNicol, Turnault, Lochilphead; 2, Andrew Weir, 375kg, £1800 to Keith Commercials, Heads of Auchinderran, Keith; 3, David Wright, Woodend, Ardgour, 380kg, £1050 to AF Thomson and Son.

Special awards – Best turned out stockswoman and best novice – Laura Cochrane. Best turned out stockman – Andrew Weir. Best presented entry – Dexter Logan.