A GOOD turnout of more than 140 Blackface sheep breeders and enthusiasts took part in the Lanark and Peebles Breeders' stockjudging competition at Lanark Agricultural Centre, where master judge for the night was Andrew Campbell, Drimsynie.

Sheep were supplied by Glenrath (ewes); Parkhall (tup hoggs); Shawhead (ewes); Corsebank (tup hoggs); Uppercleuch (ewe); Hartside (aged tups); Nunnerie (ewes); and Midlock (tup hoggs). Best pen came from CC MacArthur and Co, Nunnerie with two-crop ewes, while the overall champion was a ewe from JP Campbell and Sons, Glenrath, with the reserve awareded to a ewe from Nunnerie.

After trailing through all the winning combinations of the guessing the correct champion and reserve, Kirk Marshall was eventually selected at random as overall winner.

The branch also held its fifth confined branch show of tups and tup hoggs, also judged by Mr Campbell.

LEADING awards

Stockjudging – Gents – 1, John Murray (368 points); 2, Andrew Renwick (366 points); 3, Jimmy Wright (362 points). Ladies – 1, Kirstyn Blackwood (366 points); 2= Emma Dixon and Vicky Sheddon (344 points). Under 26s – 1, Kirstyn Blackwood (366 points); 2= William Taylor and Rory Steele (356 points). Under 14s – 1, Blair Bell (314 points); 2, Andrew Dunlop (312 points); 3, Anna Smith (270 points). Highest individual – John Murray with 366 points.

Confined tups and tup hoggs – Shearling and above – 1, Hartside Farms, Hartside; 2, Hartside Farms; 3, DC and JJ Marshall, Gosland. Tup hoggs – 1, Messrs CC MacArthur and Co, Nunnerie; 2, J Wight and Sons, Midlock; 3, AJ Kennedy and Son, Mitchellhill.