FOR the second year running it was the winner from the Simmental section that took the overall champion of champions award at a busy Neilston Show.

Annick Colleen's Ginger led the way. This two and a half year old from the Quarms, of Holeshouse, Irvine, is in-calf to Wolfstar Gold Digger, she is by Corskie Callum.

Reserve to her overall was the winner from the busy sheep lines. Laine Daff's Bleu Du Maine gimmer is by Tighnahinch Massey and out of a Robin Johnston-bred ewe. This leads on from success in the show ring as a lamb.


Ayrshire (Judge: J Cousar, Craigie) Champion and reserve and reserve overall dairy champion – Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbirde. Leading the way in the Ayrshire section was Candys Elegance, a heifer-in-milk on her first show outing. This twin is currently giving 32kg. Standing reserve from the same stable was a third calver, Marthas Admiral. She is giving 31kg. All classes – Museum of Rural Life.

Holstein Friesian (Judge: J Cousar). Champion and overall dairy champion – K Scott, Kilburn, Neilston. Taking the overall dairy section title was a two-year-old heifer. Calved two months ago, she was taking the top award on her first show outing. She is currently giving 45kg. Reserve – K MacLeod, East Uplaw Farm with a heifer-in-milk. Rhianna is giving 30litres. This was her first show. Quey Derby, heifer in milk, heifer in-calf – K Scott. Calf – I Dunlop, South Biggart.

Commercial beef cattle (Judge: I Millar, Port of Menteith). Champion – Ms J Mackay, Harelaw, Barrhead with a Limousin heifer, Raspberry Ripple. On her first show outing, she is by a Limousin sire and our of a British Blue cross mother. Reserve – Miss C Baird, Floors Farm, Eaglesham with the second placed heifer. Heifer – J Mackay. Young Farmers – C Baird.

Continental cattle (Judge: I Millar). Champion – Ms J Mackay, Harelaw, Barrhead with Woodend Leona, a British Blue heifer. 20-months old, this bought in heifer is by Geronimo. All classes – J Mackay.

Native breed cattle (Judge: I Millar). Champion – A and L Wilson, Laigh Highgate, Beith with an Aberdeen Angus bull, Carlhurlie Drumbeat. This three-year-old was champion at the same show in 2017. All classes – A and L Wilson.

Highland (Judge: S McKay, Dalmally). Champion and reserve – A Prentice, 8 Westbank, Ravenstruther. Leading the way was a three-year-old, Banrigh 5 of Hyndford. By Alexander of Glengorm, a bull by Alexander of Hyndford, and out of Banrigh of Hyndford she was overall champion at Campsie in 2017. Reserve to her was the two-year-old heifer, June 21 of Hyndford. Champion at Beith the previous week, she is also by Alexander of Glengorm. Senior cow, heifer (1yo) – S and R Hunter, Barnhill, Shotts. Junior cow, calf – Blairlogan Highlanders, Greenhead, Alva. Heifer (3yo), heifer (2yo) – A Prentice. Bull – Glasgow City Council, Pollock, Glasgow. Pair – W and T Thomson, Woodneuk, Barrhead.

Simmental (Judge: T Gatherer, Inchinnan). Champion and overall champion of champions – MR and MT Quarm, Holeshouse, Irvine, with Annick Colleen's Ginger. In-calf to Wolfstar Gold Digger, she is by Corskie Callum. She was taking the top red, white and blue on her inaugural show outing. Reserve – D Craig, Kennox, Stewarton with an 18-month-old heifer, Kennox Alices Helena. By Bradley, she is out of Annick Helens Alice, and won at the same show as a calf. She is now destined for Ayr. Cow, in-calf heifer, bull, pair – MR and MT Quarm. Female (up to nine months) – D Craig.

Blackface (Judge: A Provan, Lanark). Champion and reserve – G and S Kerr, Middleton, Newton Mearns. Champion was a ewe hogg, by a £500 Allanfaulds sire and out of a home-bred ewe. Taking the blue and white ticket was a tup hogg of the same breeding. Tup hogg, ewe hogg, group – G and S Kerr. Tup – D Sheddan, Burnfoot, Muirkirk. Ewe – A Paterson, Middlepart, Saltcoats. Out-wintered ewe – R Baird, Floors, Eaglesham.

Bluefaced Leicester (Judge: A Provan). Champion – Anna MacPherson, Baltersan Mains Cottage. **** Tup – R Baird, Floors Farm, Eaglesham. Ewe, ewe hogg, tup lamb, ewe lamb, group A MacPherson.

Any other breed sheep (Judge: A Provan). Champion, reserve, overall sheep and reserve overall champion of champions – Ms L Daff, Greenside, Uplawmoor. Taking the top prize in the sheep lines was Laine's Bleu Du Maine gimmer. By Tighnahinch Massey, she is out of a Robin Johnston-bred ewe. She won at Beith as a lamb, and is now destined for Ayr this year. Reserve was a Millennium Bleu gimmer. By Panza, she is out of a Calla-bred ewe. Tup, ewe, ewe hogg, tup lamb, ewe lamb, group – L Daff. Pair of butchers lambs – A Shepherd, Low Fullwood, Dunlop.

Suffolk (Judge: A Bothwell, Patna). Champion and reserve – W Borthwick, Auchenraith, Mauchline. Champion was the same leader as Beith, an ET-bred ewe lamb that was born in December. Bred from a Cairness ewe by Middlemuir Nessie and is sired by Pexhill Real Lucky. Reserve was a gimmer. First in her class at Beith, she is by Solwaybank Greizmann and out of a Cairness Custom Made ewe. Tup – A Shepherd, Low Fullwood, Dunlop. Ewe, ewe hogg, tup lamb, ewe lamb, group – W Borthwick.

Border Leicester (Judge: A Bothwell). Champion and reserve – D Whyte, Whitelee Gate, Newton Mearns. Taking both the top awards on his 30th year of showing at Neilston, Duncan won the championship with a hogg that stood second in her class at Beith. She is by Clola Double Deal and out of a Conniton Islay ewe. Reserve was a one-crop-ewe by Fury Festival. She is out of a Clola mother. All classes – D Whyte.

Texel (Judge: A Bothwell). Champion – D Whyte, Whitelee Gate, Newton Mearns with a ewe that also won at Beith. This home-bred one-crop ewe is by a Baltier sire, bred from a Watchknowe-bred ewe. Reserve – Reserve – A Mitchell, Hall of Caldwell, Uplawmoor, with a first-time out tup lamb by Ryeflatt Yoda out of a Scrogtonhead dam by Dechmont Treble Chance. Tup – R Baird, Floors Farm, Eaglesham. Ewe, ewe lamb – J Mackay, Harelaw, Barrhead. Ewe hogg, group – D Whyte. Tup lamb – A Mitchell, Hall of Caldwell, Uplawmoor.

Clydesdale (Judge: J Graham, Blair Drummond). Champion – C Hall, Hall Stud with the same two-year-old filly that won at Dundonald. She is by Glebeview Sir Charles and out of Glebeview Cassie. Brood mare, foal – M Burks and J Pettigrew, Eastbank, Lenzie. Male (over three) – J Spiers, Malcolmwood, Blantyre. Two-year-old – C Hall. Yearling – A and E Campbell, Netherwood, Kilmacolm. Pair – J Rochead, Malcolmwood, Blantyre.