Simmental heifers from the Stronach family's Islavale herd, from Berryleys, Keith, proved the star attraction among the senior classes, with the family bagging both the champion and reserve honours, whilst the Annick herd, Holehouse, Ayrshire stood victorious amongst the juniors.

Judge for the day, Laura Beattie, of the Garmouth herd, Corskie, Fochabers, gave the senior female and overall championship to Islavale Viva 8, with Islavale Liquorice taking reserve senior female and reserve overall honours, respectively.

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Commenting on her choice, Laura, said: "My senior champion, Viva, was a correct heifer and was well fleshed, with lots of breed character and had great width about her too."

Sired by Curaheen Giant 2 – imported from Ireland in 2016 following his victory at Roscommon Show – the September, 2020-born Islavale Viva 8 is bred out of the Chestermann Varney-sired dam, Islavale Viva 2 and was on her first outing here at Stirling.

Her stablemate, the October, 2020-born Islavale Liquorice, is bred out of the Woodhall Walker-sired Islavale Ebony and is a daughter of the 8000gns Ranfurly Confederate, which has bred sons to 24,000gns. Both Viva and Liquorice are entered into the Simmental Next Generation Sale, due to be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on December 3.

Landing not only the junior championship but also the overall continental junior inter-breed title was the January, 2021-born Annick Memphis, from the late Lachlan Quarm. Brought out by the herd's stockman, Andrew Perratt, with help from Matt Gilliland, Memphis is out of Annick Desiree's Joy and is sired by Wolfstar Golddigger 15 – which was purchased at the 2016 February Bull Sales for 15,000gns and is responsible for breeding the 2019 overall senior Stars of the Future champion.

Reserve junior honours was awarded to Gavin Brown's April-born, Springfield Major, from Springfield Farm, Penicuik, Midlothian, which also stood breed champion at the Borderway Agri Expo, in October. A son of Islavale Jabba, this boy is bred out of Hazelden Jingle 40th and will be forward for sale at next year's October Stirling Bull Sales.

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LEADING awards:

(Judge: Laura Beattie, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers.)

Seniors – Bulls born Aug 22 to Dec 27, 2020 – 1 and senior male, WG MacPherson's Blackford Local Hero 20, by Heathbrow Important 17; 2 and reserve senior male, A Wilson's Cairnview Laird, by Popes Grandslam 15; 3, Mr and Mrs L Moffat's Innerwick Lewis, by Innerwick Elite. Heifers born Aug 21 to Oct 1, 2020 – 1, senior female and overall senior champion, WS Stronach's Islavale Viva 8, by Curaheen Giant 2; 2, E Smith's Riverdee Libby, by Team Highwayman. Heifers born Oct 24 to Dec 3, 2020 – 1, reserve senior female and reserve overall senior, WS Stronach's Islavale Liquorice, by Ranfurly Confederate; 2, A Wilson's Cairnview Jean 1st, by Slievenagh International 17; 3, E Smith's Roverdee Luna, by Team Highwayman.

Juniors – Bulls born Jan 1 to Jan 26, 2021 – 1, junior male and overall junior champion MR and MT Quarm's Annick Memphis, by Wolfstar Golddigger 15; 2, Barlow Brothers' Denzies Monty, by Denzies Hamish; 3, Barlow Brothers' Denzies Masterpiece, by Cairnview Snazzy. Bulls born Feb 19 to April 7, 2021 – 1, reserve junior male and reserve overall junior G Brown's Springfield Major, by Islavale Jabba; 2, G BRown's Springfield Maximus, by Team Celtic; 3, Miss L Moffat's Braidwood Maverick, by Greencap Jaeger. Heifers born Jan 1 to Jan 31, 2021 – 1, H Gilbert's Whiteridden Starlight's Tanya 4, by Denzies Hamish; 2, MR and MT Quarm's Annick Jasmine's Marigold, by Islavale Jackpot; 3, Barlow Brothers' Denzies Melody 42, by Denzies Ibraham. Heifers born Feb 8 to Mar 26, 2021 – 1, G Brown's Springfield Molly, by Islavale Jabba; 2, Strathisla Farms' Strathisla Melon's Geraldine, by Vale Royal Hamish; 3, Barlow Brothers' Denzies Melody 43, by Slievenagh International. Heifers born Apr 1 to May 7, 2021 – 1 and reserve female, WS Stronach's Islavale Mojito, by Curaheen Gunshot; 2, G Brown's Springfield Mia, by Islavale Jabba; 3, G and A Christie's Rockytop Mamma Mia, by Rockytop Inferno.