There were smiles all round when Susan Smith, Drumnahive, landed her first overall prime hogg championship at the Spring Show, from what was a bumper line up of sheep.

Susan, her daughter Laura (14) and son Neil (12) – who also landed the championship at the Aberdeen Christmas Classic – went to the top at Thainstone with a pair of home-bred Beltex cross lambs. They are by a tup bought privately from Gary Morrison, which also bred the champion winners at the Classic and bred from two ewes from the 50 ewe flock that run alongside 10 Blue Texels.

“The champions were a very even matched pair and handled really well with a bit of cover on them. They had great carcases but there was little between them and the reserve winners,” said the judge, Jim Hunter, Wedderburn, who was most impressed by the overall show of sheep.

Runner up pair was a duo of lightweight Beltex cross lambs from Brian Wylie and son Andrew, Balbrydie, Kirriemuir.

LEADING awards

Light weight – 1, CL Wylie and Son, Balbrydie; 2 and 3, D and J Thomson, West Park.

Medium weight – 1, Susan Smith, Drumharvie; 2, CL Wylie and Son, Balbrydie; 3, D and J Thomson.

Heavy weight – 1 and 3, D and J Thomson; 2, Susan Smith.