Family rivalry prevailed in the poultry lines, when Dumfriesshire beef and sheep farmer, Kenny Dunbar, went one better than son Sean's junior and reserve overall last year, to lift the supreme championship.

Mr Dunbar who farms at Burnfoothill, Lockerbie, produced a personal best when a home-bred two-year-old gold Sebright hen first secured the award for the best true bantam and then the overall. She was making her first show appearance from the farm which has been exhibiting at Ingliston for the past eight years.

Adding to the celebrations, the same home also won the trophy for the best rare breed with another previously unshown hen from the family's 60 show birds of various breeds and types. This was with a gold/orange Vorwark female bred from a home-bred bird that won the same award here in 2015.

Mr Dunbar, who only developed an interest in poultry when young Sean became keen on show standard birds, also scooped the award for the best turkey for the second consecutive year, with a bronze hen.

Son Sean was also in the tickets winning a few red rosettes while daughter Lisa who was exhibiting for the first time, won the novice section.

Elgin breeder, Kelly Millar, who runs 500 birds also enjoyed her best year here, securing the reserve overall with a home-bred three-month-old female Cayuga duck, on her show debut. Kelly, who works in the retail trade intends showing her winner again at Turriff and the Black Isle Shows.

Livestock haulier, Neil Watson from Airdrie, was another on the leader board, winning the silverware for the best large fowl heavy breed and the trophy for the best opposite sex to the champion with a home-bred Wyandotte cockerel, which was champion at Northumberland and best large fowl at Cumberland.

Mr Watson, who breeds 30 chickens per year also topped the hard feather bantam section with a birchen modern game cockerel. He too has also already made his mark, having scooped the reserve honours at Northumberland and best hard feather accolade at several local shows.

Junior champion was nine-year-old Angus McGowan, Insheoch, Blairgowrie, who was exhibiting for the first time and triumphed to win with a cuckoo coloured Scots Dumpy hen named Katie Morag, which he bought at a poultry sale at Forfar. She is 26-weeks-old and is one of only three Scots Dumpy hens and a cockerel along with six isa brown hens, owned by the youngster.