A Dalwyne Blackface ewe from David Morrison led proceedings at last weekend’s Dalrymple Show.

His one-crop ewe, by a £52,000 Crossflatt sire, off his 1200-ewe unit at Barr, near Girvan, saw off the challenge from the best cattle beast at the show, the commercial heifer Queen of Hearts, from Miss Jennifer Hyslop, from Barrhill.

Queen of Hearts had earlier that week led a strong commercial section at the Great Yorkshire Show and she is a Limousin cross by Waindale UFO out of an Auchinrivoch-bred Charolais cross dam.

Reserve in the sheep section was a Suffolk gimmer from David Gilmour, Broomknowes, Maybole. This one is home-bred and by Landale Rocket, and was ahead of a ewe lamb from the same flock in her section.

The show is keen to promote youngsters at the event, said this year’s president, Jack Dunlop, West Enoch, Maybole, and there certainly was no shortage of juniors showing in both the cattle and sheep sections.

Overall young stocksman champion was Calum Cook, from Glendoune, Girvan, who was showing his own two-year-old Speddoch-bred Belted Galloway heifer. He’s a regular winner of the young showmanship classes, including winning at LiveScot.

Runner-up was Glen Paterson, showing Texel sheep off Oxenshaw, while Finlay Barclay, was third with his family’s Beltex sheep after he and his twin brother, Cameron, had been placed champion and reserve in the AOB continental sheep section with a gimmer and a ewe lamb, respectively, of that breed.

LEADING awards:

Young stockspeople (Judge: W Armstrong, Friarland, Ayr). Champion – Callum Cook, Glendoune, showing a Belted Galloway. Reserve – Glen Paterson, Oxenshaw, showing a Texel; 3, Findlay Barclay, Mid Brockloch.

Dairy (Judge: J Cousar snr, Howcommon, Craigie). Champion – S Gilliland, Mauchline, with Nethervalley Dormans Darlene, a second calver which calved in April. She had been bought privately from Robbie Scott. All classes – S Gilliland.

Pure-bred beef (Judge: S Bourman). Champion and reserve overall beef – Mrs S Stevenson, Carbello, with a two-year-old Limousin heifer, Burnbank Neve, by Maraiscote Lettisier. Reserve – J Hunter, Hallrig. Native – D Cook, Glendoune, Girvan. Continental – Mrs S Stevenson.

Prime cattle (Judge: S Bourman). Champion and supreme beef – Miss J Hyslop, Barrhill, with Queen of Hearts, the 14-month-old Limousin cross heifer that had been champion at the Great Yorkshire just a few days earlier. She is by Waindale UFO and out of an Achinrivopch-bred Charolais cross dam and was also reserve at Beef Expo. Reserve – Mrs S Stevenson with Moana, a Limousin cross British Blue December-born heifer calf. She is by the home-bred bull, Kinniside Moby Dick. Continental cross – Miss J Hyslop. Native cross – R Patterson, Low Three Mark, Stranraer. Beef calf, inter-breed calf, group of three – Mrs S Stevenson. Cow with autumn calf, cow with spring calf – D Cook.

Texel (Judge: H Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, Muirkirk). Champion and reserve – J and G Paterson, Oxenshaw, Mauchline, with a home-bred ewe lamb by the 16,000gns Fordafourie Big Ben and out of a Glenside-bred dam, on her first show outing. Reserve with a gimmer by the 7000gns Millar’s Action Man and out of a dam by the 38,000gns Castlecairn Va Va Voom. Ram lamb – D Gilmour, Broomknowes, Maybole. Ewe, gimmer, ewe lamb, group – J and G Paterson.

AOB continental sheep (Judge: J Cousar snr). Champion and reserve – R and J Barclay, Mid Brockloch, Maybole, with a home-bred Beltex gimmer, by Kingledores Battleaxe and out of Beachy’s Tutti Frutti. This was her first show and she will be for sale at Carlisle this year. Reserve was a ewe lamb by Battelaxe and out of a dam by Horseclose Pimm’s O’Clock; she was 10th out of 40 in the lamb class at the Royal Highland. All classes – R and J Barclay.

Bluefaced Leicester (Judge: J Graham, Mains of Burnbank, Blair Drummond). Champion – J Nisbet, Sorn Mains, Mauchline, with a home-bred crossing-type gimmer by G2 Marriforth and out of a dam by Midlock G42; third at the Great Yorkshire and reserve inter-breed at Coylton last year. Reserve – M and C Drummond, Cassington, Maybole, with a two-crop true Blue by Cassington G1 and out of a dam by a Myfarian sire. Ram, ram lamb, ewe, group of three – M and C Drummond. Gimmer, ewe lamb – J Nisbet.

Mule (Judge: J Graham). Champion – J Guild, Laight, New Cumnock, with a Culdocah-bred gimmer which had been fourth at the Royal Highland. Reserve – R Wallace, Macherquat, Ballantrae, with a ewe lamb by Kilnstown J12 and out of a home-bred Blackface. Ewe, gimmer – J Guild. Ewe lamb, group of three ewe lambs – R Wallace.

AOB native sheep (Judge: J Cousar snr). Champion – James Drummond, Cassington, with a home-bred Hampshire Down gimmer, by Court Pikachu and out of a foundation stock Graylands ewe. Reserve – J Drummond’s one-crop ewe, by Yarcombe Iceman and out of another foundation Graylands ewe.All classes – J Drummond.

Suffolk (Judge: S Bourman). Champion and reserve overall sheep – D Gilmour, Broomknowes, with a home-bred gimmer by Landale Rocket. Reserve – D Gilmour’s ewe lamb, a triplet by Forkins Smart Boy. All classes – D Gilmour.

Commercial (Judge: S Bourman). Champion – R Semple, Netherton, with a pen of three Texel cross ewes. All classes – R Semple.

Blackface (Judge: H Blackwood). Champion – D Morrison, Dalwyne, Barr, with a one-crop ewe by a £52,000 Crossflatt and out of a dam by the £50,000 Dalwyne. She was first at the Ayr stockjudging and champion at Dalrymple last year. Reserve – W Stevenson, Balrazzie, Barr, with a ewe lamb by a £14,000 Auldhouseburn and out of a dam by a £50,000 Crossflatt, on its first show outing. Aged ram – J McWhirter, Glenfairn. Shearling ram, tup lamb, ewe lamb, group of three, reserve inter-breed group of three ­– W Stevenson. Ewe, gimmer – D Morrison. Shepherd’s – G Watson, Knockbreck, Straiton.