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Winter Fair winners

IT WAS youngsters to the fore in the beef ring at this year's Royal Highland Winter Fair, when Stewart Bett and his girlfriend, Lynsey McKay, lifted the coveted championship trophy ahead of some veteran producers.

Overall beef champion, Marvellous Mo, from Stewart Bett and Lynsey McKay The Halls won the oveall sheep championship with this pair of Texel-sire lambs
Overall beef champion, Marvellous Mo, from Stewart Bett and Lynsey McKay The Halls won the oveall sheep championship with this pair of Texel-sire lambs

The pair were over then moon with their first ever 'big-time' championship with Marvellous Mo, a 15-month-old heifer. She champion was bought for £1500 after she had won Kinross Show for her breeder, Alistair McLaren, Classlochie, Kinross. She is by the Limousin sire, Lodge Danny Boy, and out of a Limousin cross British Blue dam and later sold for £3400 to the judge, Michael Alford from Devon.

In reserve was Willoughbooby from eighteen-year-old Grant Morrison of Newtack, Crossroads, Keith. She was by a hired bull, Haltcliffe Donny, which was used on the family's 25-cow herd, with the dam being a Limousin cross. Unsold at £2800, she is now bound for the Aberdeen Classic.

Eion Brown, the farm manager for RSPB at Aoradh, on Islay, won the baby championship with its Banrigh Innse Gall (which translates to Queen of the Hebrides). This April-born daughter of the Charolais sire, Allanfauld Amazon, was reserve champion at Islay Show earlier this year.

John Milligan's Ballathie herd from near Perth came up trumps in the Angus calf show, winning through with the March-born heifer, Ballathie Kira, a Rawburn Emblem daughter out of Ballathie Kim.

Melanie Alford achieved a first time success for the family's new Foxhill Limousin herd with their first home-bred animal. Their Foxhill Gracie came to them in-utero with her dam Bankdale Alice after she had been bought in calf to Wilodge Vantastic for 15,000gns at the Bankdale sale.

The Halls from Inglewood Edge, Dalston, Carlisle, were back to their winning ways in the sheep section, taking the Texel championship, the butchers section and the supreme. Their pair of April-born wedder lambs are by a Turbo Texel and out of pure Beltex ewes and later sold for £250 each (£4.90 per kg) to the judge, Stephen Kirkup from Rothbury.

Flying the flag for Scotland, Andrew and Hilary Morton, daughter Kirsty (17) and son Andrew (16), were again in the prizes, winning their second consecutive reserve overall with home-bred Beltex cross lambs. They realised £170 each (£4.25kg) to John Scott Meats, Paisley.

See this week's The Scottish Farmer for full report, results and pictures, out December 1

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