Sunday, 1 July 2012

Royal Highland Show

Hi all
Sorry I have not written a blog for a while but this one is about the Royal Highland Show (RHS). The RHS is one of the oldest shows that I know. It is the biggest in Scotland and every farmer knows about it.
What a surprise, it was raining. Typical British weather!! To be precise it never stopped raining and the organising team from the RHS had to close the original car parks as it was so wet and move them to hard concrete areas. There was a lot of work for the bus drivers as they had to ferry bus loads of people to the show and back for hours on end.
Despite getting some pretty bad weather, the Highland Show was really popular. The first day was mainly devoted to native breeds. As you might remember I stewarded the shetland sheep at the TCAS. The Shetland Championship went to Kate Sharp’s coloured ewe and the Reserve to a shearling tup. The Scottish Blackface competition was won by J White with a two crop ewe and a gimmer as Reserve. Pat Maddock won the Ryelands with her shearling ram. There was a large turnout in the Texel classes (170 entrants) with a one-crop ewe from John Forsyth getting Champion and JC Innes’ gimmer getting Reserve. Robbie Wilson of Turriff, Aberdeenshire won the Suffolk classes with a two crop ewe and a tup lamb. The judges were really impressed with the overall standard, especially in the Texel classes. The overall sheep champion went to John Forsyth with his one crop Texel ewe. Well done.
In cattle, the supreme award went to Bill Bruce with the bull Balmyle Eclipse, who is an enormous Charollais. A really good event despite the rain.
Speak soon
Jack

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