Kilbarchan celebrated its 194th show in style with a strong turnout of cattle and sheep enjoying the stiff breeze and sunshine.

Top honours went to the beef section leaders, Tom and Sheena Gatherer, Barnsford, Inchinnan, with their two-year-old in-calf Charolais heifer, Barnsford Roquette, which lifted the champion of champions ticket before heading to the Royal Highland.

Taking reserve overall was the leader from the dairy lines, a five-year-old Holstein Friesian in milk that had wins at Houston and Neilston under her belt. She was brought out by Kerr Scott, Kilburn, Neilston.

Coming out top in the busy sheep lines was Laine Daff, from Uplawmoor, making her first outing to a show this season. Her leader in the sheep section was a home-bred, two-crop Bleu du Maine ewe that pipped the leader from the Texel section, a stylish tup lamb by Castlecairn Doodlebug, from Richard Close, Langbank.

It was stand on champion and reserve in the Clydesdales from Houston Show. Champion was an 11-year-old, in-foal mare shown by Alan and Evelyn Campbell. Pacemuir Molly is by Bogston Flying Scot, out of Rashhill House Betty and is a former best ridden female at the Highland Show. Her yearling from 2021, Viola, picked up reserve.

LEADING awards:

Ayrshire (Judge: H Kennedy, East Carngillan, Tarbolton). Champion – D Carruth, High Auchensale, Kilbarchan, with Auchensale Rose Burdette, by Palmyra Tristar Burdette. She was shown carrying her fifth calf having given 8000-litres in her last lactation. Reserve – A Steel on behalf of Messrs Burns, Bowfield, with Low Semple Belle, by Fabaline, a second calver in milk, having calved in October. Cow due to calve after August 1 – D Carruth. Cow in milk – A Steel.

Holstein Friesians (Judge: H Kennedy). Champion – K Scott, Kilburn Farm, Neilston, with a five-year-old third calver, which is home bred by Ards Paramount and giving 60 litres a day. She was champion at Houston and Neilston. Reserve – K Scott’s home-bred heifer in milk, by Bacardi which was also reserve at Neilston and Houston. Cow in milk, cow to calf after August 1, heifer in milk, pair – K Scott.

Beef cattle (Judge: R Dunlop). Champion and continental champion – T and S Gatherer, Barnsford, Inchinnan, with the two-year-old in-calf Charolais heifer, Barnsford Roquette, by Maerdy Grenadier and out of Barnsford Jonquil; champion at Houston. Reserve and commercial champion – A Young, Towncroft, Houston, with a home-bred seven-year-old Limousin cross cow with calf at foot. Sired by an Airtnock bull, she had an April-born Angus cross bull calf at foot off the current stock bull, Lorabar Just Eric. Reserve Commercial champion – C McKenzie, on behalf of Messrs Gatherer, Mackiesmill, Elderslie, with Sapphire, a Charolais cross Simmental heifer by a Barnsford sire. Commercial calf, pair of calves, cow and calf – A Young. Cross-bred heifer – C McKenzie.

Cheviot (Judge: G Kerr, Middleton, Newton Mearns) Champion – W and J Howie, Auchentiber, Kilmacolm, with ewe hogg out of a home-bred ewe and by a Murdieston sire. Reserve – W and J Howie's two-crop ewe out of home-bred ewe and also by a Murdieston sire. Ewe, ewe hogg, ewe lamb, tup hogg, tup lamb, group – W and J Howie.

Bluefaced Leicester (Judge: P Hammond, Auchenbart, Darvel). Champion – S Macintyre, The Knowes, Lochwinnoch, with a ewe hogg by a Watersyke M1 out of a ewe by Belgrave G2. It was reserve at Dalry. Reserve – S Macintyre's tup lamb by Howlea N2 out of a dam by Watersyke M1. Ewe, ewe hogg, tup lamb, group – S Macintyre. Tup – W and J Howie.

Blackface (Judge: G Kerr). Champion – E Robertson, Mid Linthills, Lochwinnoch, with a two-crop ewe by an Auldhouseburn sire and out of a home-bred ewe; first time out. Reserve – A Fletcher, Laigh Hatton, Bishopton, with a ewe lamb by a £3200 Elmscleugh and out a home-bred ewe by a Pole sire. Ewe, ewe hogg, tup, tup hogg, group – E Robertson. Ewe lamb, tup lamb – A Fletcher.

Suffolk (Judge: P Hammond). Champion – E Paterson and D Tulloch, Rigfoot, Uplawmoor, with a ewe hogg by Blackstown Rambo and out of a home-bred ewe. Reserve – E Paterson and D Tulloch's ewe lamb by Redbury Jolly Rancher out of a home-bred ewe. Ewe, tup, tup hogg, ewe hogg, ewe lamb, group, prime lambs, prime lamb, commercial ewe with lamb at foot – E Paterson and D Tulloch.

Texel (Judge: P Hammond). Champion – R Close, Nethermill, Langbank, with a tup lamb by Castlecairn Doodlebug and out of a Lakeview ewe. It stood reserve at Kilmacolm. Reserve – R Close's shearling tup by Cornmore Crystal and out of a home-bred ewe. Tup – B Carruth, High Auchensale, Kilbarchan. Ewe, tup hogg, ewe hogg, ewe lamb, tup lamb, group – R Close.

Any other breed (Judge: P Hammond). Champion – L Daff, Greenside, Uplawmoor, with a one-crop Bleu du Maine ewe by Maximum Obama and out of Greenside Trina. Reserve – L Daff's Millennium Bleu gimmer by Rigroad Edinburgh and out of a home-bred ewe. Ewe, ewe hogg, ewe lamb, tup hogg, tup lamb – L Daff.

Clydesdale (Judge: W Craig, Rashhillhouse, Stewarton). Champion – A and E Campbell, Netherwood Cottage, Kilmacolm, with the 11-year-old in-foal mare, Pacemuir Molly. She’s by Bogston Flying Scot, out of Rashhill House Betty and is a former best ridden winning female at the Highland Show. She is in foal to Dillars Nobleman and stood champion at Houston. Reserve – A and E Campbell's yearling filly, Pacemuir Viola, by Dillars Ollie and out of the champion Molly.