It was a weekend of firsts for the Scottish Belted Galloway Club, who saw a strong turnout at their debut outing at Glenkens show and the following day held a successful first stock judging competition, with nearly 100 attendees, kindly hosted by Zan and Joe Kirk, Low Kirkbride Farm.

Scott McKinnon, of Klondyke Farms, held the responsibility of judge on the day, drawing on his knowledge of Galloway and Belted Galloway cattle, as he had the task of picking his winners in strong classes

The Belted Galloway Club had excellent handlers for their stock, in the form of Hayden Ross, Ross Henderson, Stuart Henderson, Ashley Marshall, and Raymond Kirk.

Winner of the open gentleman section went to John Templeton, while Ashley Marshall picked up the overall prize for the ladies competition.

In the under 16s section, Caitlyn Ross, who is becoming a well-known name in the young handler’s circuit, came out on top.

Rounding off a busy day, Jamie Shennan provided a delicious hog roast, and strawberries were provided by PJ Stirling, before members were taken on a visit to see the Huntfield herd.

The club has extended their thanks to Richard Kincaid of Border Biofuels; Jeff Jenkinson of T H Jenkinson; J T Rennie, Chartered Accountants; Starlyne Minerals; and Mochrum Estate for providing sponsorship and support to put on the event.