IT was a surprise for the Morton family when their Beltex gimmer won the sheep inter-breed championship but it was an even bigger surprise when their Mortons Clover went on to be crowned champions of champions at a hot and sunny Doune and Dunblane.

The man in charge of placing all the inter-breeds and the supreme of show was Dye Clark, and the Kingledores Battleaxe certainly caught his eye when he tapped her out as overall champion. This was her first outing for Andrew, son Andrew and daughter Kirsty, and she is out of a home-bred ewe by Beachy Norman.

Taking the reserve champion of champions title was Burnbank Jojo, a four-year-old Limousin by Wilodge Fastrac from Doug and Lynda Graham, and sons John and James. She needs little introduction as she stood inter-breed here and Scottish Grand Prix champion at Dumfries, last year, and has a number of inter-breed titles to her name this season.

Back in the sheep lines and it was Ally Baird’s double Royal Highland Show champion, a two-crop Zwartbles ewe named Greystone Cranachan, that stood reserve inter-breed. Sired by Greystone Alan, she has several other championship tickets under her belt.

Duncan Whyte had plenty to celebrate when his trio of Border Leicesters landed the inter-breed group of three ticket, while three Texels form Cammy Gauld’s Cairnam flock were reserve.

Standing reserve to Jojo in the beef section was Wilson Peter’s commercial champion, a home-bred 13-month-old Powerhouse Harlequin daughter named Adora Derriere. She has been ticking over on the show circuit and stood first in her class at the Highland.

Limousins ruled the pairs competition when a duo from the Burnbank byre stood ahead of a pair from the Dick family’s Ronick herd.

The show welcomed a strong turnout of dairy cattle where the top ticket was awarded to the Hamilton family’s Hawksland Jeeves Carol VG 87. She calved her second in February and was paraded yielding 60kg per day.

Leading the Clydesdale entry was Roughlands Alana, a three-year-old Arradoul Balvenie daughter from Iain Johnston, wife Arabella and daughter Alana.

LEADING awards:

Holstein Friesian (Judge: B Weatherup, Parkend). Champion – Hamilton Family, Meldrum Farms, with Hawksland Jeeves Carol, a VG87-rated second calved which calved down in February and is recording 60kg. Winning the honorary mention ticket at Drymen, she is projected to yield 16,800kg following a 14,200kg heifer lactation. Reserve – T and J Gilliland, Nyadd, Stirling, with Craigforst Zeber Princess, a heifer in milk on her first outing. She is yielding 40kg since calving in April, and was on her first outing.

Cow in calf, junior cow in milk – W Brewster. Heifer in milk – T Gilliland. Cow in milk, pair, group of three, bred by exhibitor, confined – Messrs Hamilton.

Cattle young handler – Logan Ross.

Aberdeen-Angus (Judge: J Redpath, Knowhead, Kilry). Champion – W and H Brown, Drumdow, with their six-year-old Drumdow Pure Pridella which stood second at the Highland Show. Sired by Logie Pastor, she is out of a previous Pridella and one of 100 owned by Willie and Helen. Reserve – R and C Rettie, with Retties Lady Rose, a yearling heifer by the home-bred Retties JFK that sold to Donald Rankin’s Kilmaluag herd, and out of a previous Lady Rose. She was placed at Central and West Fife, Stirling and the Highland. Junior bull – A Mylius and Partners. Cow in calf – W and H Brown. Cow or heifer in calf or in milk – R and C Rettie. Junior heifer – R McNeill and J Rettie.

Any other cattle breed (Judge: J Redpath). Champion – M Lyle, Mid Cambushinnie, with a Salers bull. Bull – M Lyle.

Charolais (Judge: A Gammie, Drumforber, Laurencekirk). Champion – M Lyle with a bull. Bull – M Lyle.

Hereford (Judge: J Redpath). Champion – Harvey Family, Buchanan Street, Balfron, with Harveybrose 1 Crocus L4, a four-year-old Venture 1 Nighttime daughter bred from a previous Crocus. She’s not been out since 2015, when she was part of the native group of three winners at the Royal Welsh.

Reserve – A Rennie, with a two-year-old heifer. Cow – Harvey Family. Two-year-old heifer – A Rennie.

Highland (Judge: J Redpath). Champion – H Irvine, Craiglustar, Dunfermline, with Millie Dhubh 2 of Craiglustar, a home-bred black yearling heifer that was junior female champion at the Highland and reserve champion at Central and West Fife. She is by Angus Dubh of Savalmhor and out of Millie of Craiglustar, one of 30 cows run by Hamish and managed by Jo Fischbacher. Reserve – C Stark and L Burns, Tippetcraig, High Bonnybridge, with Mhairi 1 of Tippetcraig, a home-bred two-year-old heifer achieving a best result for Colin and Lindsay. Sired by Duke of Whitslaid and out of Princess Mhairi 8 of Graybrae, she was second at Drymen. Cow, calf – Blairlogan Highlands, Alva. Two-year-old heifer – L Burns and C Stark. Yearling heifer – H Irvine.

Limousin (Judge: A Gammie). Champion, beef inter-breed champion and reserve champion of champions – D and L Graham, Mains of Burnbank, Blairdrummond, with Burnbank Jojo, a home-bred four-year-old by Wilodge Fastrac that stood inter-breed here last year as well as at Drymen and Gargunnock this season. Bred out of Burnbank Bindy, she was cow champion and part of the winning pairs and reserve fours at the Royal Highland. Reserve – R Dick, Mains of Throsk, Stirling, with Ronick Nissan, a home-bred yearling bull by Lynberg James and out of Ronick Glossary. First at Gargunnock and the Highland, and will be for sale later in the year. Junior bull – R Dick. Cow, two-year-old heifer, yearling heifer – D and L Graham.

Feeding cattle (Judge: A Gammie). Champion, reserve beef inter-breed and reserve – W Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, Monzie, Gilmerton. Wilson’s champion was Adora Derriere which stood first in her class at the Royal Highland. She is by Powerhouse Harlequin and out of a Limousin cross Blue cow. In reserve was the inter-breed champion from Alyth, Lionbar, a home-bred 15-month-old bullock by Carmorn Lionbar and out of a Limousin cross British Blue cow. Male born on or after September 1, 2016, female born on or after September 1, 2016, bullock born on or after September 1, 2017, heifer born on or after September 1, 2017 – W Peters.

Beltex (Judge: D Cunningham, Walkerdyke, Strathaven). Champion, sheep inter-breed champion, champion of champions and reserve – Morton family, Lochend, Denny. Going all the way for Andrew, son Andrew and daughter Kirsty, was Mortons Clover, a gimmer daughter of the 10,000gns Kingledores Battleaxe shared with the Beachy, Sinclairs and Feoch flocks. Bred out of a ewe by Beachy Norman, she was on her first outing. In reserve was another by the Battleaxe tup, Mortons Chandler, which this time is out of a ewe by Whitehill To Hot To Handle. This was also her first outing from the 75-ewe flock. Shearling ram, ewe, gimmer – Morton family.

Blackface (Judge: J Murray, Crossflatt, Ayrshire). Champion – Tay and Torridon Estate, North Amulree, Dunkeld, with a rough one-crop ewe that was on her first outing. By a £38,000 Auchloy and out of a ewe by an £11,000 Midlock, she had a tup lamb at foot by a £5000 Crossflatt. Reserve – Cullens Family, Dollarbank, Dollar, with an April-born tup lamb by the £22,000 Glenrath shared with Auldhouseburn and out of a ewe by a £65,000 Auldhouseburn. This was his first outing before he will be offered for sale later in the year. Aged ram, gimmer, group of three – A Campbell, Drimsynie, Lochgoilhead. Ewe (unclipped) – Tay and Torridon. Ewe (clipped) – D Willison. Ram lamb – Cullens Family. Ewe lamb – T Muirhead.

Bluefaced Leicester (Judge: B Kerr, Sauchrie Mains, Maybole). Champion and reserve – A Campbell, Drimsynie, Lochgoilhead. Champion was a March-born ewe lamb by Drimsynnie K1, a home-bred son of the £8000 J1 Nunedale, and out of a daughter of the £15,000 Midlock Knight Rider. She was in the shortleet at the Highland. In reserve was a two-crop ewe by the £13,000 Highberries Hotshot and out of a ewe by the £12,500 R4 Hewgill. Mother of a £4000 lamb sold to Marriforth, she was fourth at the Highland and has a £37,000 K20 Midlock-sired tup lamb at foot that will be for sale at Hawes. Ewe, ewe lamb – A Campbell. Gimmer – Messrs McArthur, Cretlevane.

Border Leicester (Judge: W Broatch, Rigghead, Lockerbie). Champion and reserve – D Whyte, Whitelee Gate, Newton Mearns. Duncan’s winner was Clola Double Deal, a now two-shear which was bought at Lanark for £2000 and has since been male champion and reserve supreme at the past two Highland Shows. In reserve was Duncan’s reserve female at the Highland, a gimmer by Clola Double Deal. Ram, gimmer, ram lamb, ewe lamb – D Whyte. Ewe – Messrs Grant and Wright.

Charollais (Judge: D Cunningham, Walkerdyke, Strathaven). Champion and reserve – C and R Sutherland, Gartartan, Gartmore. Taking the top ticket for Chris and Rachel was a home-bred shearling tup by an Artnagullion sire bought at Worcester. This was his best result having stood reserve on the central circuit. In reserve was the five-crop ewe that has beaten the shearling. She is by the same sire and out of another home-bred ewe. Tup, ewe, gimmer, ram lamb, ewe lamb, group of three – C and R Sutherland.

Commercial sheep (Judge: B Cockburn, Stirkfield, Biggar). Champion – J and K Guthrie, Cuiltburn, Muthill, with a three-crop Beltex ewe with a set of twins at foot by a Todhall Beltex sire. She was first in her class at the Highland for John and daughter, Kirsty. Reserve – C Gauld and I Thomson, Cairnam, Auchterarder, with a ewe lamb out of a Texel cross ewe, one of seven commercials owned by Cammy and Isla. She is by a home-bred Cairnam tup and marked the first time the pair had shown any commercials. Three ewes, single lamb – C Gauld and I Thomson. Three lambs, ewe with a pair – J and K Guthrie.

Any other sheep breed (Judge: B Cockburn). Champion – K Shaikh, Falkirk, with a Dutch Spotted gimmer named Angel. Second at Central and West Fife, she was imported from France and is one of five breeding females owned by Kaleem. Reserve – A Johnston, Kirkton, Falkirk, with a home-bred three-crop Berrichon ewe called Kirkton Judy Murray, which is full of home breeding. She had a set of triplets at foot and was on her show debut. Ram, ram lamb – I and M Davidson. Ewe, ewe lamb – A Johnston. Gimmer – K Shaikh. Group of three – B Cockburn.

Scotch Mule (Judge: B Kerr). Champion – H Gray and L Smith, Drumnessie, Kilsyth, with the inter-breed champion from Drymen and Gargunnock, a gimmer bought from Tinnis at St Boswells. She was also first at the Royal Highland. Reserve – A Campbell, Drimsynie, Lochgoilhead, with a one-crop ewe by a tup known as Batman, a son of an £8000 Marriforth sold to Farden, and out of a home-bred ewe. Ewe – A Campbell. Gimmer – H Gray and L Smith. Ewe lamb – D Gray, Drumnessie. Three ewe lambs – D Rock.

Shetland sheep (Judge: S Meikle, Bowling Green Road, Kirkliston). Champion – R Douglas, Craigrothie, with Drum Clova, a white home-bred gimmer by the Highland Show and Drymen champion, Ivydene Patronus, and out of a home-bred ewe. She did well as a lamb and was second at the Highland this year. Reserve – F and A Hipwell, Wester Cockairney, Kinross, with a home-bred tup lamb named Lochhay of Cockairney. This April-born grey katmoget is by Jupiter of Cockairney and out of Iris of Cockairney. He was out at the Royal Highland and it is hoped he will be the future stock tup in Fiona and Archie’s 11-ewe flock. Ram, ewe, gimmer – R Douglas. Ram lamb, ewe lamb, group of three – F and A Hipwell.

Suffolk (Judge: D McKerrow, Nochnary, Cupar). Champion – R Bryce, Chalmerston, Stirling, with last year’s inter-breed champion, a three-crop ewe by Robert’s good breeder, Cairnorrie Olympic Bolt, and out of a ewe by Cairnorrie Campbell. This year the ewe stood champion at Drymen as well as reserve inter-breed at Stirling. Reserve – R and G Hiddleston, Rigghead, Dumfries, with a gimmer by the home-bred Irongray Black Magic and out of a home-bred ewe by Ballycannon Big Den. This was her first outing. Ram, ewe, ewe lamb – R Bryce. Gimmer, ram lamb, group of three – R and G Hiddleston.

Texel (Judge: D McKerrow). Champion and reserve – C Gauld, Cairnam, Auchterarder. Cammy’s champion was a February-born ewe lamb by Knap Aligator, a Procters Yankee son retained by Robert Cockburn and use by Cammy, while her mother is a Foreman Hill ewe by Tuallagh Saracen. This was her first outing as well as the reserve’s, a gimmer by the 20,000gns Knap You’re the Man and out of a ewe by Milnbank Van Wilder. Ewe – Messrs Allan. Gimmer, ram lamb, ewe lamb, group of three – C Gauld.

Zwartbles (Judge: D Miskelly, Corrybrae, Alford). Champion and reserve sheep inter-breed – Messrss McLaren and Baird, Greystone, Stirling, with his home-bred Greystone Cranachan, a two-crop ewe that is a double Royal Highland Show champion as well as champion at Stirling this season. She is by Greystone Alan and out of a Tardoes ewe. Reserve – K Shaikh, Falkirk, with Thistledome Glashback, the reserve champion at Stirling that is by Brotherton Crota and out of Brookdene Duchess. He was also first at Drymen and sixth at the Highland. Aged ram, group of three – N and R Henderson. Shearling ram – B Gibson. Ewe, gimmer, ewe lamb – Messrs McLaren and Baird. Ram lamb – K Shaikh.

Sheep young handler (Judge: W Broatch). Young handler – Ben Smith. Best presented – Faith Miskelly.

Clydesdale (Judge: J Tennant, Braehead, Forth). Champion – Johnston Family, Kirkton, Falkirk, with Roughlands Alana, a three-year-old Arradoul Balvenie daughter bred at home out of Barlauchlan Princess Jubilee. She stood first in her class at the Highland as well as reserve senior champion at the Winter Fair. Reserve – J Adamson, with Barlauchlan Linda, another by Arradoul Balvenie but this time a four-year-old out of Barlauchlan Lucy Charm. Matching her award here as a two-year-old, she was champion of champions at Newmilns, native horse champion at Stirling and second at the Highland.

Highland pony (Judge: Miss H Dick, Flourish, Inchinnan). Champion – J Brew, Shenn Valley, Smeale, Isle of Man, with Tower Sovereign, a seven-year-old mouse dun gelding bought from his breeders as a four-year-old. Sired by Kaiser Chief Na Dailach and out of a previous Highland Show champion, Tower Gypsy Meg, he was best gelding at the Royal Highland. Reserve – Mrs M Fawcett, Dewley Croft, Throckley, Newcastle upon Tyne, with Tower Highland Piper, a 12-year-old gelding that stood second to the champion.