Continental gimmers from two young Dumfriesshire breeders proved the star attraction in the inter-breed sheep competition at the Royal Highland Show, winning the top two awards.

Inter-breed judge, Clark Stewart, Kininmonth, soon whittled a quality line up of 28 section winners down to size by finding his supreme in the Charollais champion, Loaningfoot Wawawee, a home-bred entry from Ben Radley's 25-ewe flock.

"She hit me as soon as I came into the ring," said Mr Clark, a former Royal Highland Show chairman and director of 23 years.

"She is very sweet and feminine with plenty of size and substance. There's not many faults about her if any," added Mr Clark, who presented the reserve supreme to the lead Dutch Spotted, from Ali Jackson's Tiptop flock from Annan.

Taking centre stage, the Charollais, is a daughter of Logie Durno Ultimatum, a tup bought at Worcester in partnership with the Rowanston flock for 5500gns in 2019. Wawawee which was producing a personal best for Mr Radley who has been showing at the Ingliston event for 15 years, is bred from a home-bred ewe by Wernfawr Storma.

Ali Jackson and his fiancée, Hannah Sloan, Annan, also had a bumper Highland Show winning the reserve overall with the home-bred Dutch Spotted, Tiptop Diana, a one-crop ewe by Tiptop Charlie, out of an imported ewe.

Inter-breed male champion and honourary reserve was the Bluefaced Leicester supreme, from Alan McClymont and sons Sam and Oli, Kirkstead, Yarrow. This was a two-shear Bonvilston-bred ram bought at Kelso last year for £3200, by a Burndale sire.