Dexter Logan and his partner, Carolyn Ross, shared the spoils in the cattle section at a sunny Kilmacolm Show last weekend.

Winning the overall beef title for the Alva-based pair was Dexter's three-year-old heifer, Arin 2 of Culfoich – which he'd bought last October for 1600gns – while Carolyn's Galloway, which she shares with him, was reserve overall. To cap it all, Carolyn' son, Logan Ross, was the best young handler at the show.

From the sheep lines, best of all was the Bluefaced Leicester champion, a one-crop ewe from veteran breeder, Robin Blair. That ewe also produced the best tup lamb and ewe lamb from the busy section – and 'there's a better one at home on a Blackie ewe', he said.

Runner-up for the sheep title was a two-shear Maryholm-bred Charollais tup from Tom and Elma Paterson, from Beith.

A strong show of Clydesdales was led by former editor of The SF, Alasdair Fletcher, from Bishopton, who was showing his two-year-old filly, Fordelhill Wild Flower, for the first time. She's by Doura Master Eddie.


Dairy cattle (Judge: Mrs P Beaton, Lanark). Champion – R Baxter, Gibblaston, Bridge of Weir, with a home-bred second-calved Holstein in milk. Reserve – R Baxter's dry cow which had been bred and was shown for him by Tom Stewart, Wellees, Houston. Cow in milk, yeld cow, pair, bred – R Baxter. Calf – J Wright.

Pedigree beef cattle (Judge: Mrs P Beaton). Champion and reserve overall beef – Rogan Galloways, Greenhead, Alva, with the two-year-old Galloway heifer, Barlaes Katie 82, a daughter of Watchman of Kilnstown and due in October to Penninghame Winward; to be shown at the Highland and Great Yorkshire shows. Reserve – W and T Thomson, Woodneuk, Barrhead, with the Beef Shorthorn bull, Balgay Laggan, which had also won at Neilston and was bought from Iain Graham at Stirling in October, 2018, for 3500gns. Bull – W and T Thomson. Heifer – Rogan Galloways.

Commercial beef (Judge: Mrs P Beaton). Champion – A MacDougall, Burnbank, with a spring-born Charolais cross beef calf. Cow and calf – W and J Howie, Auchentiber, Kilmacolm. Calf – A MacDougall.

Highland (Judge: M Moy, Glasgow). Champion and overall beef – D Logan, Greenhead, Alva, with the three-year-old in-calf heifer, Arin 2 of Culfoich, which had been bought in Oban in October for 1600gns from Gordon McConachie. she is by Jacob of Benmore. Reserve – W and T Thomson's black bull, Alastair 5 of Woodneuk, a 3½-year-old son of Alastair 4 of Woodneuk and out of the oldest cow in the herd, the 16-year-old Morag 26 of Woodneuk. First at Neilston the previous week, he already has a dozen calves on the ground and will be used again this year.Senior bull, junior bull – W and T Thomson. Three-year-old heifer, two-year-old heifer, pair – D Logan. Yearling heifer – R and E McMillan, Little Grenach, Rothesay, Bute.

Children's classes (Judge: Mrs P Beaton). Dairy calf and champion calf – David Wright. Beef calf – Euan Laird.

Young handler (Judge: Mrs P Beaton). Champion – Logan Ross, Greenhead, Alva.

Blackface (Judge: C Little, Callander). Champion – A Paterson, Hardridge, Kilmacolm, with an Outerwards-bred three-crop ewe which had just lambed a couple of days prior to the show. She is by an Easter Happrew son of the £65,000 Auldhouseburn. Reserve – A Fletcher, Laigh Hatton, Bishopton, with a home-bred ewe hogg by an £850 Glenrath on its first time out. Aged tup, ewe, ewe lamb, group of four – A Paterson. Tup hogg – W Heads, Aikenhead, Fenwick. Tup lamb, ewe hogg, bred – A Fletcher.

Cheviot (Judge: C Little). Chanpion – J and C Barbour, Murdieston, with a home-bred aged tup, by Inkstack Woody. Reserve – W and J Howie's ewe hogg, by the champion ram.Aged tup, tup lamb, group of four, bred – J and C Barbour. Tup hogg, ewe, ewe hogg, ewe lamb – W and J Howie.

Suffolk (Judge: W Boyd, Biggar). Champion and reserve – Rigfoot Suffolks, Uplawmoor, with a home-bred gimmer by Pyeston Phantom. Reserve was a three-crop ewe which had been bought at the Soutra dispersal and which had been first at Beith and Neilston. All classes – Rigfoot Suffolks.

Bluefaced Leicester (Judge: C Little). Champion and reserve, and overall sheep champion – R Blair, Pennytersal, Kilmacolm, with an one-crop ewe bred by Alex Steadman. Reserve with a ewe lamb out of the champion, by a Kepculloch sire. Aged tup, tup lamb, ewe lamb, group, bred – R Blair. Tup hogg, ewe hogg – R Baxter.

Texel (Jucge: W Boyd). Champion – R Carruth, High Auchensale, Kilbarchan, with a four-crop ewe by Grougfoot Sam, which was on its first time out. Reserve – A Wright, Laverock, with a March-born tup lamb by Garngour Bad Boy. Tup hogg, ewe, ewe hogg – R Carruth. Tup lamb, ewe lamb – A Wright.

AOB sheep (Judge: W Boyd). Champion – T and E Paterson, Beith, with a two-shear Maryholm-bred Charollais ram, by Elmwick MacGregor, on his first show outing. Reserve – V Wood, Woodhill, with a tup hogg, which had been bought as a lamb from Millside. Aged tup, tup lamb, ewe hogg, ewe lamb – T and E Paterson. Tup hogg, ewe – V Wood.

Collies and other sheep (Judge: C Little). Collie dog – A Fletcher. Pen of three hill Blackface hoggs, cross ewe with lambs – A Paterson. Blackface ewe with cross lambs – R Blair.

Clydesdale (Judge: M Carrick, Thornhill). Champion – A Fletcher, Laigh Hatton Bungalow, Bishopton, with the two-year-old filly, Fordelhill Wild Flower, by Doura Master Eddie and out of Fordelhill Jubilee Princess, a mare which had been reserve at the Winter Fair. Reserve – A and E Campbell, Kilmacolm, with the second-prize two-year-old. Yeld mare – A Barnes. Gelding, young handler, ridden, male champion – G Robertson. Two-year-old – A Fletcher. yearling – J McMillan, Rothesay. Pairs – A Barnes and A and E Campbell.