The bright sunny day was matched by exhibitors' smiles around the ringsides as the championships were awarded at the recent Tiree Show.

None more so than those of Alastair and Iain MacInnes, Ruaig Farm, as they swept the boards in the cattle sections, before their ET-bred British Blue heifer calf, Ruaig Noell, was awarded with the supreme championship.

The all black, November-born heifer is by Farouk de St Amand and out of Pendle Knock Em' Out, was placed champion pure-bred before taking the overall cattle title and show supreme against all livestock section winners.

The Ruaig team also took home the rosette for reserve champion pure bred with Ruaig Northern Star, another out of Pendle Knock Em Out and this time sires by Tenace de la Praule.

Reserve overall in the cattle section went to the champion cross-bred – a Charolais cross bullock, sired by Anside Foreman and out of a British Blue cross Simmental cow, again coming from the Ruaig herd.

The same home also won the commercial breeding classes in the cattle section which went on to win the reserve cross-bred title. This was a black Limousin cross bulling heifer, by Claragh Istabrague and out of a British Blue cross cow.

The cattle judge, Terrence Glen, Campbeltown, awarded Ann Paterson, Crossapol, the red ticket for best suckler cow at the show, best beef bullock, the Tiree Association prize and the Crofters Shield in the cattle section.

Sheep judges, Archie MacColl, Lismore, and David Ralston, Campbeltown, awarded Ettie MacDonald, Roadside, the supreme sheep title for his three-shear Bluefaced Leicester tup, which had been purchased as a tup lamb from the Turners, at Kildalloig, Campbeltown. The tup also went on to stand Reserve in the champion of champions judging.

Mr MacDonald also picked up trophies for best Blackface and the leading Scotch Mule.

A Suffolk gimmer, by Muirton One Direction and out of a home-bred ewe from Fraser MacLean, Heylipol, took the reserve spot in the pure sheep section.

Taking the top honours in the cross sheep section and reserve overall in the sheep inter-breed was Sandra Brown's Texel cross ewe. She also took the trophy for the most points in sheep classes and Crofters Shield back to Balevullin.

Young Ruairidh MacDonald, Roadside, cleared the trophy table in the young stockperson category again this year, with his Scotch Mule ewe lamb – which was sired by the supreme sheep champion – taking the best ewe lamb and top in the young stockperson classes, before Ruairidh took the title of best young handler.

For the fourth year in succession, Jan Paterson’s impressive 13-year-old Friesian mare, Tallina Fan T'Sudein, took the supreme title in the horse and pony section, which was judged by Mairi Ralston, from Campbeltown.