Exhibitors and spectators were out in force to support the 200th anniversary of the Fife Agricultural Association, with it's show, staged just outside Cupar, attracting a cracking turnout of livestock and near record breaking crowds.

Oxfordshire-based Richard Hassell and Rachel Wyllie of Brailles Livestock, enjoyed the day most, when their Charolais heifer, Burradon Raquel, not only won the breed championship and inter-breed beef but also the supreme overall when selected on a points basis by the various inter-breed judges.

The couple who run just a handful of pedigree Charolais and Aberdeen-Angus which are based in Perthshire, with Richard and Carol Rettie, landed the supreme with an October 2020-born heifer bought privately last year from Chris Curry. Racquel is by Thrunton Lachlan and out of Lesliepark Maggie.

Coming a close second for the supreme overall was the commercial beef champion, Wilson Peters' Ava'Butt, a 20-month-old British Blue cross heifer bred at Newton of Logierait, from Monzie, Crieff. Champion at the Royal Highland Showcase last year, she was on her first outing of the year.

Melvin Stuart, Ellon, found his reserve beef champion in the British Blue champion, Craig Drysdale's Kinnesswood Rizzle-Kicks, a 16-month-old bull by Sandyvale Jaegerbomb, from Kinnesswood, Kinross.

Cuthill Towers Addicition Peony, a red and white third calved Holstein from Arthur and Susan Lawrie, and sons James and David, Milnathort, bagged the inter-breed dairy honours. Previously unshown, this big VG88-classified cow which calved in February and is giving 45kg per day, is bred from a previous home-bred Excellent scoring female and sired by Addiction P.

The Campbell brothers' Cowal Texel flock from Lochgoilhead had due cause for celebration too, when they won the supreme sheep title for a sixth time, this time with a home-bred gimmer by the 65,000gns Hexel Django. She was placed at the Royal Highland Showcase and the Great Yorkshire last year.

Inter-breed sheep judge, Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, tapped out the lead Suffolk as his choice of runner-up. This was a home-bred gimmer from Stewart Lathangie's Pyeston flock from Glenrothes. She is by Pyeston Fury and bred from a home-bred ewe by Cavanagrove Catalyst.

Top honours amongst the horses were presented to Islyn Mavrick, a Mountain and Moorland Section A pony, owned by Lorna Shaw, Hatton Farm, Lundin Links. Her four-year-old grey stallion was bought privately from Mrs Shand Jones, Wales, as a yearling and has already won a couple of events this year. She was paraded by son Adam Shaw.

For full report and pictures see The Scottish Farmer on May 28