Highland Show success for Kildalloig shepherd

Res Champion Traditional BFL - L McCready. Highland Show - Friday 2017. Wayne Hutchinson / www.farm-images.co.uk

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Kildalloig Farm’s shepherd John Mclachlan shouldn’t be feeling sheepish after his success at the Royal Highland Show last weekend.

Up against some fierce competition, his flock won best female, reserve champion and best bred by competitor in the traditional Bluefaced Leicester sheep section, for Joe and Mary Turner’s unit at Kildalloig.

Mr Mclachlan, who showed six sheep and also collected a first, a second and three fourths on the day, said: ‘This year’s champion won all the local shows last year, so I had high hopes for her. Everyone raved about her last year and they were looking out for her this year.

‘In seven years going to the Highland Show I have managed to get three female champions, a reserve female, and an overall champion which is hard to do in the Bluefaced Leicester section as competition is so strong.’

The gimmer which won Mr Mclachlan first place this year was reserve female last year and her mother was champion in 2011.

Asked about the secret to his success he joked that he’d take it to his grave, before adding: ‘It’s just about spending a lot of time on them, giving them a bit of TLC – I think I spend more time with them than I do my wife!’

His wife, Jean, showed this year’s champion at the last Kintyre Agricultural Show and is looking forward to doing it again this year, at the event on August 4.

John Mclachlan with his award-winning traditional Bluefaced Leicester from Joe and Mary Turner’s unit at Kildalloig Farm at the Highland Show. c26mclachlan01no