A CLASSY heifer from Stewart and Lynsey Bett led an enthralling commercial calf competition at Lanark.

Electra, an April-born calf bred by Balfour Baillie from Ronick Redhot onto a British Blue cross dam, had been bought for £5000 at Thainstone in August, and since then had been first at the expo and second at Stars of the Future for the Betts.

Dafydd Lewis from Carmarthenshire, section judge, said: “She’s just the type I like to show myself … a smart calf, with a great top and loin.”

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Reserve supreme was Amy Lousie Wilson’s Fire Cracker, from Hardrigg Hall, Ellonby, Carlisle. Bought privately in August from Neil Hardisty, this March-born steer is by the Limousin sire Hightown Ron and out of a British Blue Cross dam. He had been second at the expo.

Best of the home-bred animals was Hugh and Stewart Dunlop’s Barbie Girl, a Charolais cross by Fiston and out of a Limousin cross dam. She had been the Expo champion recently.

Leading Awards

Heifer calf born after Jan 1, 2023 (350kg and under) - 1, S and L Bett’s Electra; 2, J and J Graham’s Miss Dynamite; 3, T Holloway’s Calypso

Heifer calf born after Jan 1 (351kg to 430kg) - 1, H and S Dunlop’s Barbie Girl; 2, P McHarg’s Black Magic; 3, A Ewing’s Ruby

Steer calf born after Jan 1, 2023 (under 380kg) – 1, AL Wilson’s Fire Cracker; 2, S Stevenson’s Star Struck; 3, T Holloway’s Pepsi.

Steer calf born after Jan 1 (381kg to 430kg) – 1, G Scott’s Winking Willy; 2, P McHarg’s Black Jack ; 3, R Montgomerie’s Marmaduke.