Bumper crowds enjoyed a great day out at Ayr Show where a bigger and better display of livestock was led by an Aberdeen-Angus in-calf heifer from the furthest travelled exhibitors, Mike and Melanie Alford, Devon.

She was initially crowned supreme beef champion by the inter-breed judge, Jim Ross, and then took the Rowan Crystal supreme champion of champions – awarded on a points basis by the various section judges – presented by by Jim Craig of Ayr Mart, in memory of his late wife Rowan.

Star of the show was the two-year-old heifer, Blelack Princess Carina, a Kilmaluag Eriskay-sired entry bought a the Blelack dispersal in October 2021, for 30,000gns alongside her dam which made 32,000gns. A big show winner last year, she was brought out by Drew Hyslop and paraded due in August to Weeton Evolution.

For the supreme overall, the Aberdeen-Angus was up against the supreme dairy, sheep and Clydesdale horse champions.

Robbie and Margot Scott, Tarbolton, topped the dairy lines with the Holstein champion, Berryholme Callen Rae, which was originally purchased by the late Robert McInnes.

Leading the sheep lines was the Charollais winner from Ben Radley, Loaningfoot, Dumfriesshire while Charolotte Young, Girvan, topped a strong Clydesdale section with Collessie Flash Girl, a six-year-old yeld mare by Arradoul Balvenie.

For full report and pictures see next week's Scottish Farmer