A SMALL but quality entry of Herefords saw a yearling bull from the Harvey family at Balforn, scoop the senior championship, while a heifer from the Wilson family's Romany herd won the junior section.

Going all the way to the top in the seniors was Harvey Bros 1 Rupert, a November 2017-born AI son of Normanton 1 Leartes from George Harvey and daughters Sophie and Beth, who run just eight pedigree Herefords alongside Limousin and commercial herds based at Stirling. Second in his class at the Borderway Agri-Expo at Carlisle, the Harveys also took the reserve male honours with a similarly aged bull, Harvey Bros 1 Richard.

First time exhibitor, Janice Laird of the 20-cow St Clements Well herd at Cauldcoats Farm, Newton, Dalkeith, stood reserve to the Harveys with St Clements Wells Dawn 5. Brought out by stockman, Martin Gribbon, this yearling heifer is an AI daughter of Kinglee 1 Hero – the same sire which bred Peter Eccles' junior champion here in 2016. On just her first outing, she is out of Romany 1 Dawn.

Romany 1 Lucy, a February 2018-born heifer from Robert Wilson's 61-cow Romany herd at Cowbog, Kelso, ruled supreme in the seniors. On her second outing having stood second in her class at the Agri-Expo, she is by Barwise 1 Lancer – this year's Hereford sire of the year which the herd bought privately in 2014. Bred out of a previous Romany 1 Lucy, she will be sold at the Designer Genes Hereford sale at Shrewsbury, next month.

Relatively new breeder, Gavin Dunbar, who runs just a handful of Herefords in his Drumboy herd at Springholm, Drumclog, Strathaven, Lanarkshire, was also exhibiting for the time and stood reserve in the juniors with Drumboy 1 Rosie. She is an ET-bred heifer by Romany 1 Distiller, out of Baldinnie 1 Cathy 36.


(Judge: Albert Taylor, 69 Woodend Drive, Northmuir, Kirriemuir).

Seniors – Bulls born Oct 10 to Nov 10, 2017 – 1, senior male champion and overall senior champion, Harveys Brothers' Harvey Bros 1 Rupert, by Normanton 1 Leartes; 2, Harvey Brothers' Harvey Bros 1 Richard, by Parkhill Pompeii; 3, J Cameron's Baldinnie 1 Finnigan, by Baldinnie 1 Clinton

Heifers born Sept 5 to Nov 19, 2017 – 1, senior female championship and reserve overall senior, J Laird's St Clements Wells Dawn 5, by Kinglee 1 Hero; 2, J Wilson's Romany 1 Lucy BL R38, by Barwise 1 Lancer; 3, J Cameron's Baldinnie 1 Cathy 59, by Baldinnie 1 Clinton.

Juniors – Heifers born Jan 2 to Mar 20, 2018 – 1, junior female and overall junior champion, J Wilson's Romany 1 Lucy, by Barwise 1 Lancer; 2, reserve female and overall reserve junior champion, G Dunbar's Drumboy 1 Rosie, by Romany 1 Distiller; 3, Harvey Brothers' Harvey Bros 1 Crocus Rose, by Normanton 1 Leartes.