WILLIAM Clark Maxwell's Speddoch herd from Dumfries, managed by stockman Robert Ross, has gone straight to the top to win the Scottish Belted Galloway Club's biannual herd's competition.

Speddoch farm which belongs to William Clark Maxwell and his wife Juliette is farmed on a contract between them and Sir JCL Keswick. The 1500-acre farm is home to 45 Belted Galloways, 510 Blackface ewes of which 160 of them are crossed with a Charollais with the remainder kept pure.

The competition which was judged over three days by Andrew McConnachie, Gatehouse of Fleet, saw herds from Lauder to Wigtown and many in between, take part.

Reserve overall was Ann Bell's Clifton herd also from Dumfries.

While the Speddoch Farm Partnership won best overall and took the top spot in most of the individual categories, the best cow and heifer prizes went to the Mochrum herd in Wigtownshire, managed by Helen Ryman.

The breed is also gearing up for its main sale at Castle Douglas, on Friday, October 26.