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Scots rule at quality AgriScot

Two of Scotland's leading dairy farming families ruled supreme at this week's AgriScot, staged at Ingliston on Wednesday, securing both the inter-breed heifer and cow championships, while other Scottish units also made their presence felt.

Supreme cow was Red and White, Dilandy Debonair Tabitha Red VG87-2yr, a second calver in milk from the Yates and Lawrie families, which was bought for Brian Yates wife, Sheila, and Gilmour Lawrie's wife, Caroline, as the foundation of their Eastford herd. A Scientific Debonair-Red-sired cow bought privately last year from Bryan Challenor and Andrew Shakeschaft, she is out of the Ex92 Luck E Lee Tabitha RC. Placed second in her class here last year on her sole previous outing, this big cow gave more than 8000kg in her first lactation at 3.95%BF and 3.16%P and since calving a month ago, is now giving 52kg per day.

Taking all the plaudits in the heifer section was the Ayrshire, Brieryside Profiliz Cherry, a previously unshown heifer from Gilmour Lawrie and son Kevin, who run 200 cows at Sandyford, Prestwick, in partnership with Gilmour's brother, Jim, who manages the 160 cow unit at Brieryside, Prestwick. Their show stopper, which was paraded two months calved and giving 35kg per day, is by the Horizon Harry son, Brieryside High Profile, and out of the show cow, Brieryside Pearl Ex94, a former champion at Ayr and reserve winner at the Highland. The heifer secured the herd's first ever inter-breed heifer title here.

See this week's The Scottish Farmer for full report, including results and pictures of the main prizewinners and presentations, out November 24.

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