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Scottish judge, Allan Wight, jnr, Midlock, certainly had his work cut out for him selecting the supreme individual and pairs amongst the sheep, but he soon found his top winner in the lead Beltex, with the North Country Cheviot coming a close second.

Show stopper was the Buckles family's one-crop Beltex ewe from Buckles Farm, Kirkby Stephen. She was bought at Ted Fox's College flock dispersal for 8500gns last year at Carlisle and is by a Kingledores sire.

Reserve supreme was Claire Guy and her mother Ruth's champion North Country Cheviot, a home-bred gimmer from their small flock from Richmond. She is by a Hownam Grange ram bought at Lockerbie and enjoyed a successful show career as a ewe lamb.

The Cheviot leader and the male champion, from Jimmy and William Thomson, Hownam Grange, Kelso, again starred in the pairs to take the reserve overall. This included the Thomson's two-shear ram, Soutra The Boss, which was bought last year at Lockerbie.

A cracking year for David McKerrow and sons David and James, Nochnary, Fife, saw the flock secure the Texel championship with a tup lamb, which teamed up with the reserve winner, a ewe lamb from Charlie Boden's Sportsmans flock to lift the overall pairs championship.

For full report and pictures see this week's Scottish Farmer.