THE SUPREME champions of Orkney’s past agricultural shows are to go head-to-head in a knockout virtual contest - to mark what would have been the county show weekend this Saturday, August 8.

The Orcadian newspaper on the island is hosting the competition and hopes it will serve as a nostalgic reminder to farmers of shows gone-by and prompt a bit of fun, healthy competition.

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The judging panel includes William Gill, from Rosskeen farm, in Invergordon, who will be sizing up the past eight cattle champions until one is left victorious.

Over in the sheep lines, Kenneth Sutherland, from Sibmister Farm in Thurso will place the past eight county show inter-breed sheep champions against each other.

There will also be a public vote over the next few days where individuals can choose their favourite animal in each section. To vote click HERE

The following week, from Sunday, August 9, until the following Saturday, 15 will see the horses have their turn.

Winners will receive £100 in cash or vouchers to that value and this will be given to both the judges’ top choice as well as the winner of the public vote in each section.

Winners will be posted daily over the week as the knockout rounds begin. The final choice from the cattle and sheep judges will be posted at 5.30pm on Saturday, August 8, which would have been county show day.

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