East Drumlemble: outstanding in the dairy field

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East Drumlemble Farm’s cattle were the cream of the crop at the Kintyre and District Ayrshire Breeders Club’s annual heifer competition.

Thomas Ralston and Sons took the top prize in four of the five categories at last Wednesday’s event, judged by award-winning young Ayrshire breeder Shaun Rennie, from Brocklehill.

Mr Rennie deemed East Drumlemble’s team, individual, progeny group, and butterfat and protein beasts the best.

The Ralstons lost out in the dam and daughter category to Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh, who placed second to them in many of the other sections.

After a blustery but largely dry day, despite a dismal forecast, judges and competitors enjoyed an evening dinner in the Royal Hotel, at which Mr Rennie presented the prizes.

Chairman Andrew Ralston proposed a vote of thanks to all concerned in the day’s success.

Results: Team: 1 Thos M Ralston & Sons, East Drumlemble; 2 Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 3 J & M Barr, Clochkeil. Individual: 1 East Drumlemble (Delta Fidelity); 2 Gartvaigh (Sandyford Lucky Charm); 3 James Barbour & Co, Machribeg (Carnell Ring Leader). Progeny group: 1 East Drumlemble (Delta Fidelity); 2 Gartvaigh (Ravenhill Stormin Norman); 3 Clochkeil (Calderglen Rafia’s Commander). Dam and daughter: 1 Gartvaigh; 2 East Drumlemble, 3 Clochkeil. Butterfat and protein: 1 and 2 East Drumlemble; 3 Clochkeil.

Judge Shaun Rennie makes some notes. 50_c49ayrshires01

Shaun Rennie judges some beasts. 50_c49ayrshires02

Some of the quality beasts in the competition. 50_c49ayrshires03

A crowd of spectators turned up. 50_c49ayrshires04

Competitors and spectators look on as the cattle are judged. 50_c49ayrshires05

A team of heifers line up to be judged. 50_c49ayrshires06