"A GREAT bodied sheep with a great head a great Texel features". That's how judge George Somerville described his overall champion of champions winner at a very hot Stewartry show.

From well known faces and previous Stewartry champion of champion winners, Brian and David MacTaggart, of Douganhill, Orchardton, Palnackie the strong Texel gimmer was tapped out ahead of the rest on her very first show outing.

Standing reserve overall to her was a Holstein second-calver, again from a pair of well kent faces, Brian and Michael Yates, East Logan, Castle Douglas. Their Logan Doorman Ambrosia 4 had come through a strong Holstein section to take the reserve champion of champions title.

Mr Somerville described her as an excellent working cowing, saying: "she looks like a great example of a dairy cow. One that will be producing a lot of milk, which is exactly what you want."


Galloway (Judge: Miss L MacLean, Inverglen, Barcaldine, Oban). Champion and reserve – J and A Finlay, Blackcraig, Corsock. Champion was the two-year-old in-calf heifer, Blackcraig Blondgen. Having stood second in her class at the Highland this summer, she was shown in-calf to a German bull, and is by Blackcraig Vindicator – a bull that was reserve at the Galloway National Show as a calf – and out of Blondgen 3 of Auchenhay, a cow sire by Blackcraig Jury. Reserve was her stable-mate, Blackcraig Rose. By Blackcraig X-Factor, a bull that previously won the same show as a calf and is now half owned by Robert McTurk at Barlaes, she is out of Blackcraig Rose 566. Bull, bull calf – D and R Cornthwaite, Balgray Hill, Lockerbie. Cow, heifer, heifer stirk, group – J and A Finlay. Heifer calf – P Hunter-Blair, Nether Cleugh, Dalry.

Belted Galloway (Judge: Ms E Wilkinson, Craig’s Farm, Bailey). Champion – Mrs A Bell, Clifton Farm, Southwick, Dumfries with a cow, Clifton Absolutely Fabulous. She won the Royal Highland Show in 2018. Reserve – Mochrum Estate, Old Place of Mochrum, Port William, Newton Stewart with the same yearling heifer that won at Stranraer. **** Bull, cow, heifer – Mrs A Bell. Yearling heifer, calf – Mochrum Estates. Pair – RKG Farms, Irelandton Farm, Twynholm, Kirkcudbright.

Simmental (Judge: A Gray, Ingleston, Borgue). Champion and reserve – N and N Gwynne, Castlewigg Farm, Whithorn, Newton Stewart. Champion was Brandane J-Lo, a heifer by Celtic. She stood first in her class at the Highland and was junior female champion at the Scottish National Show. Reserve from the same home was Chestermann Jupiter. This 2018-born bull is by Atlow Dixon. Bull, heifer – N and N Gwynne. Cow, group – HR Dunlop, Cannee Farm, Kirkcudbright.

Continental cattle (Judge: A Gray). Champion and reserve – D and R Cornthwaite, Balgray Hill, Lockerbie. Leading the way was a Limousin cow, Maybe Janitor. This five-year-old is by Braemore Artist and is out of Maybe Ed Girl. Reserve was a year-old heifer, Maybe On Fleek. Out of the renowned show cow, Maybe Cute, she, along with the rest of the Maybe herd, will be offer for sale at a dispersal in October. Bull – R McCornick, Barnbackle Farm, Lochfoot, Dumfries. Heifer, cow – D and R Cornthwaite.

Prime cattle (Judge: A Gray). Champion – R Wallace and A McIntosh, Blairshinnoch, Whauphill, Newton Stewart with a nine-month-old heifer. This home-bred Limousin cross won the junior inter-breed at Stranraer the day before. Reserve – R McGoldrick, 11 Woodside Terrace, Dalbeattie with the second placed heifer. All classes – R Wallace and A McIntosh.

Beef young handlers (Judge: A Gray, Ingleston, Borgue, Kirkcudbright). 1, Harry Cornthwaite; 2, Callum Ross; 3, Olivia Grace Brough.

Holstein (Judge: D Gray, Dilmun, 2 Strathaven Road, East Kilbride). Champion and reserve overall champion of champions – B Yates and Son, East Logan, Castle Douglas with Logan Doorman Ambrosia 4. This second calver won the same show in 2018 and stood third at last years Dairy Expo. She’s currently giving 45kg. Reserve – D yates, Meikle Firthhead, Haugh of Urr with Meikle Firth Camelot Illa, a second-calver on her first show outing. Heifer – Miss K Yates, Meikle Firthhead, Haugh of Urr. In-calf heifer – D and J McCormick, 7 Port Road, Haugh of Urr. Heifer in-milk, cow, pair – B Yates and Son. Senior cow – S Roan, Boreland of Colvend, Dalbeattie.

Ayrshire (Judge: D Gray). Champion and reserve – L Davidson and Sons, Halmyre, Haugh of Urr, Castle Douglas **** All classes – L Davidson and Sons.

Jersey (Judge: D Gray). Champion – H Campbell, Auchlane Farm, Kelton, Castle Douglas with a heifer in milk, Tinto Bihl Eudora. Giving 32 litres just now, she is due to go dry this week and will calf at the end of September. She was brought out by Kim Campbell. All Classes – H Campbell.

Dairy young handlers (Judge: D Gray). Nine and under – 1, Isla Davidson; 2, Lucy Roan; 3, Sandy Wilson. 10-15 years – Katlyn McCormick; 2, Isla Decker; 3, Ruby Patterson.

Clydesdale (Judge: A Christie, 15 Endrick Gardens, Balfron). Champion – Mrs C Marshall, Burgess Outon Farm, Whithorn, Rashillhouse Jessica Jean. By Rashillhouse Winston, this completes a hattrick of championship wins at the Stewartry for this mare. Reserve – J McNay and E Blount, Ryecroft, Kirkmahoe, Dumfries, with a filly foal. Danny. Mare – Mrs C Marshall. Gelding, pair – Mrs I McKie, High Threave, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart. Filly foal – J McNay and E Blount.

Blackface (Judge: G Campbell, Blairs House, Creetown, Newton Stewart). Champion and reserve – W Ramsay and Sons, Milnmark, Dalry. Champion on the day was Belle, a £55,000 Haprew-sired gimmer out of a ewe by £7500 Clanary. She stood reserve champion at the Highland back in June. Taking the blue and white rosette was the same two-crop-ewe that won at Stranraer the previous day. Shearling, ewe, gimmer – W Ramsay and Sons. Tup lamb – W Lockhart and Co, Culdoach, Tongland, Kirkcudbright. Ewe lamb – R Hannah, Black Loch, Gatehouse. Group – IRS Bond, Glen Farm, Gatehouse of Fleet.

Bluefaced Leicester (Judge: R Bell, Black o the E, Balmaclellan). Champion – RJ McTurk, Glenhowl, Kendoon, Dalry with a two-shear-tup. Bought from the Lockhart’s at Culdoach at Castle Douglas last year for £2400, this was his first show outing. Reserve – Mrs K Smith, Low Arkland Farm, Kelton with a two-crop-ewe. Third in her class at the Highland this summer, she is bought in. tup, gimmer, ewe lamb, group – R McTurk. Shearling, ewe – Mrs K Smith. Tup lamb – D Anderson, 31 Vallance Drive, Lockerbie.

Scotch Mule (Judge: R Bell). Champion – R McKie, Finniness Farm, Balmaghie, Castle Douglas with a ewe lamb by the home-bred tup, G5 Finniness. Out of a High Creoch mother, this was this lambs’ first show and she’s hopefully head to the Glenkens next. Reserve – W Lockhart and Co, Culdoach, Tongland, Kirkcudbright with the second placed ewe lamb. On her first outing, she is by a home-bred sire and out of a Midlock-bred gimmer. Ewe lamb, group – R McKie. Gimmer – R Wallace, Mains of Collin, Auchencairn, Castle Douglas.

Suffolk (Judge: A Nelson, Ardmore, Crossmichael). Champion – The Hiddleston Family, Rigghead, Shawhead, Dumfries, with a home-bred one-crop ewe by the 20,000gns Muirton One Direction, out of a Strathisla-bred ewe. She was champion at Ayr and the club show and won at the Great Yorkshire last year. Reserve – P and D Reid, Calfpark, Mouswald, Dumfries with Sweetpea, a four-crop-ewe by Cairnness Custom Made. She is out of a ewe by Cairnness Liam. Tup lamb – W and M Haining, High Drum, Dunscore, Dumfries. Ewe – P and D Reid. Gimmer, ewe lamb – The Hiddleston Family.

Texel (Judge: A Clark, Fineview, Glenluce). Champion, overall sheep champion and overall champion of champions – Douganhill Farms, Orchardton Mains, Palnackie with a gimmer, Teglium Young Gun. She is out of a Douganhill Euro Star-sired mother and she was taking the top award on her very first show outing. Reserve – Mrs J MacTaggart, Orchardton Mains, Palnackie with a Sportsmans Bollinger-sired ewe lamb. She is out of ewe by Langlands What-A-Whopper. Tup – A Hiddleston, Park Farm, Shawhead, Dumfries. Tup lamb, gimmer – Douganhill Farms. Ewe – M and L Craig, Glenhowan Farm, Glencaple, Dumfries. Ewe lamb – Mrs J MacTaggart.

Beltex (Judge: K Porteous, 3 Bolton Road, Scorton). Champion – F Forsyth, Corra Farm, Castle Douglas with a shearling. Home-bred and at his first show, he is by Corstaine Arran and out of a home-bred mother. Reserve – I McConnell, Crawfordhill, Kirkmahoe, Dumfries with a four-crop, home-bred ewe by Monrary Total Wipe Out and out of a home-bred dam. Tup – F Forsyth. Tup lamb – JM Wharton and Son, Snade, Dunscore, Dumfries. Ewe – I McConnell. Gimmer, ewe lamb – IM and D Bunting, Bridestone Farm, Glenlochar, Castle Douglas.

Any other breed of sheep (Judge: K Porteous). Champion – F Forsyth, Corra Farm, Castle Douglas with a Blue Texel ewe. Bought from the Sunnybank Flock as a ewe lamb, this was her first show. She is out of home-bred mother. Reserve – Miss K McDermid, Waterside Farm, Terregles, Dumfries with a Millennium Bleu shearling, Cargenglen Rambo. He is by a Monklands tup and out of a home-bred mother. Female – F Forsyth. Male – Miss K McDermid.

Sheep young handlers (Judge: G Maxwell, Scroggie Hill, Castle Douglas). 1, Megan Purdie; 2, Fraser Brown; 3, Lyla Craig.