Abington Show is renowned for attracting superior quality pedigree and commercial sheep breeds, however it was the champion suckler cow and calf that went on to be crowned overall champion of champions for the second year in succession.

The event, situated on the banks of the river Clyde, also enjoyed a glorious day for once too, with the sun shining most on Jenny Devine, Hillend, Roberton, who won her first supreme overall with a Limousin cross cow shown with January-born British Blue heifer calf at foot.

"I'm a cattleman, and that Limousin cross cow is a tremendous animal with great presence, style and shape. She's also good on her legs," said the overall champion of champions judge, David Lowry.

"She's also got an outstanding heifer calf at foot and is in tremendous shape for her age when you think she's carrying her sixth calf," added Mr Lowry who was also most impressed by his choice of reserve, a Bluefaced Leicester ewe from Allan and Ben Wight, Midlock, that had earlier won the inter-breed sheep championship, judged by John Dunlop, Carluke.

Show stopper was a Limousin cross cow out of a British Blue cross dam from Jenny's two-cow herd based at Hillend. She was bought at a breeding cattle sale at Stirling as a heifer from James Graham and this year has already made her mark at Lesmahagow and Peebles, where she bagged champion and reserve titles.

Just pipped at the post, and continuing on their winning ways after a cracking Texel sale at Lanark just two days previous, Midlock's reserve supreme was a home-bred two-crop Bluefaced Leicester ewe that was champion here as a gimmer and first at Peebles the previous week. She is by Midlock G Mac, a tup retained for breeding by the E1 Hewgill.

Mr Dunlop found his reserve supreme sheep in the Cheviot champion from Billy Goodfellow's small flock of just 25 ewes now based at Townfoot. This was a previously unshown two-crop ewe that goes back to his own breeding from Glengeith, being sired by Glengeith Lethal Weapon, a tup used on loan.

However, while the lead Cheviot topped the hill sheep in the open, it was the Blackface best – a two-crop ewe from Iain Clarke, Midlock – that won the new competition between the shepherd's Blackie and Chevie champions. Another backed by the best of genetics, she is by Hawkeye, a home-bred son of a £35,000 Dalchirla, out of a ewe by the £90,000 Dalchirla shearling ram.

In a new first for the show, Texel judge, James McKerrow, Nochnary, gave reasons on his choice of first to third prize winners in each class which proved extremely popular amongst spectators and exhibitors alike.

LEADING awards

Blackface (Judge: D Ferguson, Drannandow, Newton Stewart). Champion – W Ramsay and Sons, Milnmark, Dalry, with Belle, a gimmer by Sir John, a £55,000 East Happrew, out of a ewe by a home-bred son of the £7500 Clanary show tup. She was reserve at the Highland Show. Reserve – J Campbell and Sons, Glenrath, Peebles, with a two-crop ewe brought out by Steven Renwick. She is by a £6500 High Staward and bred from a ewe by a £65,000 Auldhouseburn. Aged ram – W Bennie, Merkins, Gartocharn. Shearling ram – DC and JJ Marshall, Gosland, Broughton, Biggar. Tup lamb, group – AJ MacArthur, Nunnerie, Elvanfoot. Gimmer – W Ramsay and Sons. Ewe lamb – W Stevenson, Balrazzie, Ballantrae. Three ewe lambs – A Provan, Parkhall.

Blackface shepherd's (Judge: A Macmillan, The Baing, Straiton). Champion – I Clarke, Midlock, Crawford, with a one-crop ewe by Midlock Hawkeye, a home-bred son of a £35,000 Dalchirla, out of a ewe by £90,000 Dalchirla. Reserve – B Gilchrist, Crimp Cramp, Crawford, with a previously unshown gimmer by a home-bred son of a £9000 Finglen. Ewe, ewe lamb, group – I Clarke. Gimmer – B Gilchrist. Tup lamb – W Craig, Gosland, Broughton, Biggar.

Cheviot (Judge: W Nixon, Cooms, Langholm). Champion – LW Goodfellow, Townfoot, with a previously unshown home-bred shearling ram by Glengeith Lethal Weapon, destined for the breed sale at Lockerbie in October. He is out of a home-bred ewe – one of only 25 owned by Mr Goodfellow. Reserve – RH Paton, Castle Crawford, with a ewe lamb by Castle Destroyer, a home-bred tup being retained for breeding by Castle Councillor out of a ewe by Castle Avenger. She was also on her first outing. Aged ram – B and M Cockburn, Stirkfield, Biggar. Shearling ram – LW Goodfellow. Tup lamb, ewe lamb, gimmer, group, pair – RH Paton. Ewe – T Halliday, Springwells. Three hill gimmers – T Aitchison, North Shortcleugh.

Cheviot shepherd's (Judge: W Nixon). Champion – Kelly Blackwood, Auldtoon, with a previously unshown ewe lamb by a North Shortcleugh shearling son of Castle Destroyer, out of former show winner here by a Castle sire. Reserve – T Aitchison, North Shortcleugh, with a ewe lamb by an Alemoor tup used on loan out of a home-bred ewe by Stirkfield Galore. Ewe, gimmer, ewe lamb – T Aitchison.

Texel (Judge: J McKerrow, Nochnary, Fife). Champion – Catherine Toy, Nemphlar, winning her first championship in eight years breeding Texels. Mrs Toy, who owns 25 ewes in her Westwoodlane flock went straight tot he top with a four-crop ewe by Teiglum Talisman, out of a Watchknowe-bred ewe by Templand Nixon. She was third at Peebles. Reserve – H Griffies, Caringryffe, with the shearling ram, Deveronvale Buster, a tup bought last year at Lanark, that is a full brother to Deveronvale Aftershock. He is by Strathbogie Yes Sir, and won a lot of shows down south. Ewe, gimmer, group – C Toy. Ewe lamb – W Fleming, Mossknowe. Tup lamb – K Johnstone, Boghouse. Shearling ram – H Griffies.

Bluefaced Leicester (Judge: M Archer, Carryhouse, Hexham). Champion, supreme sheep and reserve overall champion of champions – J Wight and Sons, Midlock, Crawford, with a two-crop ewe that stood champion here as a gimmer and first at Peebles the previous week. She is by the E1 Hewgill sire, Midlock G Mac and out of a ewe by the B4 Tanhouse. Reserve – J Bell, Cottage, Stobo, with the home-bred two-shear Cottage K13, which stood champion at Carnwath on his sole previous outing. The sire of the best shearling ram for Kelso, he is out of a home-bred ewe by the C1 Shafthill. Aged ram, tup lamb, gimmer – J Bell. Shearling ram – F Robertson, The Beeches, Crosswoodhill, West Calder. Ewe, ewe lamb, group – J Wight and Sons.

Breeding sheep (Judge: M Archer). Champion – F Robertson, Beeches, with a home-bred one-crop Scotch Mule ewe that was first at Peebles and second at the Highland. She is by a Beeches son of the G84 Midlock and bred from a Crosswoodhill-bred Blackface ewe. Reserve – J Wight and Sons, Midlock, with a Scotch Mule gimmer by the J6 Hewgill, that was first at Peebles and second at the Highland. She is out of a home-bred ewe. Two cross ewe lambs – A, M and J McCaskie. Scotch Mule ewe lamb, Scotch Mule ewe – F Robertson. Scotch Mule ewe lamb pair, Scotch Mule gimmer – J Wight and Sons.

Butchers sheep (Judge: A Smellie, Posso, Peebles). Champion and reserve – I McGarva, Nether Abington, Crawford. Supreme was a pen of three March-born Beltex cross lambs on their first outing, with the reserve being similarly aged, previously unshown Texel cross lambs. Three Blackface wedder lambs, three Texel cross lambs, three Beltex cross lambs – I McGarva. Three any other breed or cross – J and J Frame, High Dykes. Beginners class three lambs any breed or cross – Rosie Retson, Maidencots.

Suckler cow and calf (Judge: A Warnock, Dreva, Broughton). Champion and overall champion of champions – Jenny Devine, Hillend, with a Limousin cross cow bought at Stirling from John Graham. She is out of a British Blue cross cow and was shown carrying her January-born British Blue cross heifer calf at foot and carrying her sixth calf. This outfit was champion at Lesmahagow and reserve at Peebles. Reserve – J Wight and Sons, Midlock, with the second prize winner to the champion, a Limousin cross cow with spring-born Charolais cross heifer calf at foot.. Cow with heifer calf at foot – J Devine. Cow with bull calf at foot – M Coubrough, Hartside.