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There may have been fewer entries in some sections at Kintyre Agricultural Society’s annual winter show but the quality was as high as ever.
A large crowd of spectators at the SRUC-sponsored event, at Ballygreggan Farm on Saturday, December 1, saw a ‘fine show’ of six calves, 16 cows and heifers and 11 horses.
Judges were Jim Lawrie in the dairy section and Jock McMillan in the horse section.
Callum MacPhail emerged as the overall champion in the horse section with his mare Garcalfra Sweet Chloe who was first in an impressive class of six.
Reserve was the first prize gelding, Redhill Alex, shown by Mairi Ralston, Rhoin.
The pony champion was from Marije Terpstra with Andrea McShannon bringing out the reserve champion.
In a keenly contested Ayrshire section, Thomas Cameron from Gartvaigh produced the champion with a fifth calver by West Mossgiel Athos.
Reserve was the champion’s daughter, a calved heifer by Ravenhill Stormin Normin, and is currently giving over 30kg a day.
Together they won dam and daughter at Kintyre Ayrshire Breeders Club’s heifer competition on Wednesday November 28.
Numbers in the Holstein section were down from previous years but thankfully the quality was not.
Gavin Semple, from Kilkeddan, took the champion and reserve tickets with a Dalby Top Phil and a sixth calver who calved in August and second prize cow, a Goldenoaks Alexander, a fourth calver who calved in September.
Gavin’s Holstein took the overall champion prize with Thomas in reserve.
The society directors are very grateful to Archie and Tracy Millar for hosting the show in an excellent venue, to Jim Lawrie and Jock McMillan for travelling to Kintyre to judge and to John Forster and SRUC for generously sponsoring the show.
Results: Dairy section: Ayrshire calf exhibited by primary school pupil: 1 Jack Ralston, East Drumlemble, 2 Cameron Ralston, East Drumlemble. Handler: 1 Jack Ralston, East Drumlemble, 2 Cameron Ralston, East Drumlemble. Best Ayrshire calf: Jack Ralston. Holstein calf exhibited by primary school pupil: 1 Erin Ralston, Machrihanish, 2 Louise Ralston, Machrihanish. Handler: 1 Erin Ralston, Machrihanish, 2 Louise Ralston, Machrihanish. Holstein calf exhibited by secondary pupil to 25-year-old: 1 Jenny Semple, Kilkeddan, 2 Kathryn Semple, Kilkeddan. Handler: 1 Jenny Semple, Kilkeddan, 2 Kathryn Semple, Kilkeddan. Best Holstein calf: Jenny Semple. Best Holstein calf and handler combined: Jenny Semple. Overall champion calf: Jack Ralston. Ayrshire calved heifer: 1 Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh, 2 Thomas Ralston & Sons, East Drumlemble, 3 Thomas Ralston & Sons, East Drumlemble. Holstein calved heifer: 1 A & J Pirie, Machrihanish. Ayrshire cow in calf: 1 J & M Barr, Clochkiel. Ayrshire cow in milk: 1 Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh, 2 J & M Barr, Clochkiel, 3 Thomas Ralston & Sons, East Drumlemble. Holstein cow in milk: 1 Gavin Semple, Kilkeddan, 2 Gavin Semple, Kilkeddan, 3 A & J Pirie, Machrihanish.
Horse section: Colt or filly foal (Clydesdale): 1 John McLatchie, Moy. Clydesdale one-year-old and over: 1 Callum MacPhail, Garcalfra, 2 John McLatchie, Moy, 3 Lee Bastow, Corran. Clydesdale gelding: 1 Mairi Ralston, Rhoin. Horse or pony under 14.2h: 1 Andrea McShannon. Horse or pony over 14.3h: 1 Marije Terpstra, 2 Stephen Jones. Champion horse or pony: Marije Terpstra. Reserve champion: Andrea McShannon.
Trophy winners: Country Garage Cup for overall champion in the dairy section: Gavin Semple, Kilkeddan. The SAI Cup for Ayrshire champion: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh. The Duncan McKerral Cup for Holstein champion: Gavin Semple, Kilkeddan. The Levers Cup for best calving/calved Ayrshire heifer: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh. Davidsons of Shotts Cup for best calving/calved Holstein heifer: A & J Pirie, Machrihanish. The James Barr Memorial Cup for best Ayrshire bred by exhibitor: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh. Society Cup for the best calf: Jack Ralston, East Drumlemble. President’s Cup for the best Ayrshire calf: Jack Ralston, East Drumlemble. Holstein Breeders Cup for the best Holstein calf and handler: Jenny Semple, Kilkeddan. McKerral Cup for champion Clydesdale: Callum MacPhail, Garcalfra. David MacPhail Memorial Salver for reserve champion Clydesdale: Mairi Ralston, Rhoin. Gigha Cup for best foal: John McLatchie, Moy.
Photographs: Kintyre Agricultural Society.
Thomas Cameron won the SAI Cup for Ayrshire champion, the Levers Cup for best calving/calved Ayrshire heifer, and the James Barr Memorial Cup for best Ayrshire bred by exhibitor. NO_c50wintershow01
Jack Ralston won the Society Cup for the best calf and the President’s Cup for the best Ayrshire calf. NO_c50wintershow02
Callum MacPhail picked up the McKerral Cup for champion Clydesdale. NO_c50wintershow03
Jenny Semple picked up the Holstein Breeders Cup for best Holstein calf and handler. NO_c50wintershow04
The Gigha Cup for best foal went to John McLatchie. NO_c50wintershow05
John Pirie collected the Davidsons of Shotts Cup for the best calving/calved Holstein heifer. NO_c50wintershow06
It was an impressive class of six in the horse section. NO_c50wintershow07
This year’s Ayrshire section was keenly contested. NO_c50wintershow08