MIXED weather didn’t put of spectators or exhibitors as Dundonald Farmers Society’s annual show continued the new show season in style at Dundonald Camp Track.

Leading the way in the cattle was Shotgun, a Limousin cross bullock from Andy Ireland, Feoch Farm.

Over in the sheep it was the Bluefaced Leicester champion from James Nisbet that reigned supreme, when his Blairnavaid-bred ewe hogg took the top sheep honours.

Reserve overall sheep was a Welsh-bred Blue Texel ewe hogg from Richard McCulloch

Bryan Lindsay took the red, white and blue rosette in the Clydesdale section as his gelding, Dillars Rascal, beat stiff competition from other classes.


Beef cattle (Judge: W Bryson, Dykehead, Lanarkshire). Champion and overall cattle champion – A Ireland, Feoch Farm, with Shotgun, an 18-month-old Limousin cross bullock, by Powerhouse Harlequin and out of Headlind Hiespy, a pure British Blue dam. He stood reserve commercial champion at Kilmaurs.

Reserve and reserve overall cattle – J Nisbet, Orchardton, Sorn, with the 11-month-old Limousin cross bullock, Made You Look. By Goldies Oswald, it was bred in Wales by Dai Brook and bought at Brecon calf sales in partnership with Blair Duffton. This follows on from a championship win at Ochilltree earlier in the week and it is now destined for Ayr and the Highland in the coming months. All classes – A Ireland.

Bluefaced Leicester (Judge: W Bryson). Champion and overall sheep champion – J Nisbet, Orchardton, Sorn, with a ewe hogg. Bought at a UA sale in January from Jamie Pirie, Blairnavaid, and on her first show outing, she is by the £37,000 K20 Midlock tup and out of a D2 Firth mother. Reserve – J Shedden with a tup hogg. Bred by Jamie Pirie, he was bought at Carlisle and is also by K20 Midlock. Tup, ewe, tup hogg – J Shedden. Ewe hogg, ewe lamb – J Nisbet.

Texel (Judge: W Bryson). Champion – H McPhee, Dundonald, with a tup lamb by Knock Yardsman and out of a home-bred mother. Reserve – M and G Ballantyne, East Cauldcoats, Strathaven with a ewe. Champion at Muirkirk last year, this Springwell-bred two-crop ewe was bought at the Select Seven Sale at Lanark in 2017 from Henry Gamble. She is by Derryvore White Snake and traces back to some of the original family lines in the Roadend flock. Tup – J and F Park. Ewe – M and G Ballantyne. Ewe hogg, ewe lamb, tup lamb – H McPhee.

Continental sheep (Judge: W Bryson). Champion and reserve overall sheep champion – R McCulloch with a Blue Texel ewe hogg, Nantyderri Carla. It was bought at Carlisle for £2800. Reserve – A Ireland, Feoch Farm, with a Beltex shearling. He is by Top Flite Real Deal and his mother was by Ducati. Ewe hogg – C Jackson. Ewe lamb – M and G Ballantyne, East Cauldcoats, Strathaven. Tup, ewe, tup lamb – A Ireland.

Clydesdale (Judge: B McMillan, Rothesay). Champion – B Lindsay with the gelding, Dillars Rascal. This four-year-old is by Carnaff Perfection and is out of Shevenamon Ellie. This was his first show win. Reserve – A Steel and Son's Jackton Kate. By Dillars Top Gun and out of Jackton Mary, this two-year-old won New Cumnock last year. Mare – I Nisbet. Gelding – B Lindsay. Filly, bred by exhibitor – A Steel and Son. Colt – A Baird.