Virtual agricultural show produces real results

The beef champion from Duncan MacKinnon and his nephew Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus. The calf – and its mother – were purchased in the spring from Sandy Mclean, Killeonan.
The beef champion from Duncan MacKinnon and his nephew Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus. The calf – and its mother – were purchased in the spring from Sandy Mclean, Killeonan.

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On what would have been the weekend of Kintyre Agricultural Society’s annual summer show, a successful virtual show was held instead.

It came after Covid-19 restrictions meant the ‘real’ show – a highlight in Kintyre’s farming and social calendar – could not go ahead for the second year in a row.

For last weekend’s virtual show, which took place via the society’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KintyreAgriculturalSociety, exhibitors were asked to submit 30-second film clips of their animals.

Most sections were well supported and some excellent stock was on show. The judges, listed below, were impressed by how the stock was turned out and said the quality was up to the usual show standard.

The judges in each section were: Ayrshire: Archie Reid; Holstein: Willie Ralston; beef: Andrew Ronald junior; Clydesdale: Davie MacPhail; Blackfaced sheep: Andrew Reid; Suffolk sheep: Willie Skilling; Texel sheep: Rory Colville; AOB native sheep: Iain McArthur; AOB non-native sheep: Willie Skilling; overall sheep: Stewart McMillan.

Speaking after the show, society president Malcolm Ronald said: ‘On behalf of Kintyre Agricultural Society’s directors, I would like to thank all those who entered and exhibited stock in our virtual show.

‘The quality of the livestock shown in the videos was tremendous and congratulations to all the prizewinners and everyone who took part.

‘It is especially pleasing to see the enthusiasm and skill of the many younger stockmen and women putting their animals on show.

‘Our thanks also to our local judges for their time and care in placing all the classes. It must be much more difficult to judge from a video clip but they did a great job.

‘A special thank you to our secretary John Armour for his hard work organising and running the virtual show. We know, of course, how important IT skills are and John has those in abundance.

‘A virtual show, however, is no substitute for the real show. We look forward to next year’s show when we can all be together showing the best of what farming and the countryside has to offer and, of course, having a great day out.’

Kintyre Agricultural Show 2021 results:

Dairy section

Ayrshire heifer in milk or in calf: 1st A: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh.

Ayrshire junior cow in milk: 1st A: Thomas M Ralston & Sons, East Drumlemble.

Ayrshire senior cow in milk: 1st B: Thomas M Ralston & Sons, East Drumlemble; 2nd C: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 3rd A: Thomas M Ralston & Sons, East Drumlemble.

Ayrshire cow in calf but not in milk: 1st A: Thomas M Ralston & Sons, East Drumlemble.

Champion Ayrshire went to T M Ralston & Sons with their senior cow, ED Islay 21, 20 days in milk, fifth lactation, by ED Jubilant. Reserve champion went to the second prizewinning senior cow from Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh.

Holstein heifer in milk or in calf: 1st B: Tommy Ralston, Dhurrie; 2nd A: Tommy Ralston, Dhurrie; 3rd C: Peter Littleson, Killegruer.

Holstein junior cow in milk: 1st B: Tommy Ralston, Dhurrie; 2nd A: Peter Littleson, Killegruer.

Holstein senior cow in milk: 1st B: Gavin Semple, Kilkeddan; 2nd D: Thomas Irwin, West Drumlemble; 3rd A: Tommy Ralston, Dhurrie.

Holstein cow in calf: 1st A: Gavin Semple, Kilkeddan.

Champion Holstein went to Gavin Semple, Kilkeddan, with his winner in the senior cow class, a third calver and out of Alta Roboto. Reserve went to Tommy Ralston’s junior cow winner.

The dairy championship went to Gavin Semple with T M Ralston & Sons taking the reserve rosette.

The champion dairy cow from Gavin Semple, Kilkeddan.
The champion dairy cow from Gavin Semple, Kilkeddan.
Beef section

Beef cow in calf or in milk: 1st A: R & R Currie, Low Dunasherry.

Any autumn-born cross-bred suckled calf (bullock or heifer) of the beef breed: 1st A: R & R Currie, Low Dunasherry; 2nd B: R & R Currie, Low Dunasherry.

Spring-born cross-bred bullock calf of the beef breed: 1st G: Margaret McKendrick, Uigle; 2nd B: John Lines, Killocraw; 3rd F: Margaret McKendrick, Uigle; 4th D: Andrew Hamilton, Kilwhipnach.

Spring-born cross-bred heifer calf of the beef breed: 1st D: Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus; 2nd C: John Lines, Killocraw; 3rd A: R & R Currie, Low Dunasherry.

The championship went to Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus, with his heifer and reserve to Margaret McKendrick, Uigle, with her first prize bullock.

The beef champion from Duncan MacKinnon and his nephew Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus. The calf – and its mother – were purchased in the spring from Sandy Mclean, Killeonan.
The beef champion from Duncan MacKinnon and his nephew Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus. The calf – and its mother – were purchased in the spring from Sandy Mclean, Killeonan.
Horse section

Clydesdale: Mare: 1st A: Margaret Bateman, Langholm; 2nd B: Michelle Mayberry, New Houses, Bellochantuy. Gelding, over three years old: 1st A: Michelle Mayberry, New Houses, Bellochantuy.

The champion was Margaret Bateman’s mare with Michelle Mayberry’s second prize mare reserve.

The Clydesdale horse champion from Margaret Bateman, Langholm.
The Clydesdale horse champion from Margaret Bateman, Langholm.
Sheep section

Blackface tup lamb: 1st A: R & I Shaw, Acharonich, Lochgilphead; 2nd D: A J Ronald, Coulinlongart; 3rd C: Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus.

Blackface milk ewe: 1st B: R & I Shaw, Acharonich, Lochgilphead; 2nd A: Elliot Bowman, Islay; 3rd D: A J Ronald, Coulinlongart.

Blackface two-shear in milk: 1st A: A J Ronald, Coulinlongart; 2nd B: R & I Shaw, Acharonich, Lochgilphead; 3rd C: Toby Welch, Kilwhipnach.

Blackface: Gimmer: 1st E: A J Ronald, Coulinlongart; 2nd F: A J Ronald, Coulinlongart; 3rd D: Toby Welch, Kilwhipnach.

Blackface breed ewe lamb: 1st E: A J Ronald, Coulinlongart; 2nd C: Toby Welch, Kilwhipnach; 3rd A: R & I Shaw, Acharonich, Lochgilphead.

Iain Shaw, Aucharonich, took the championship with his winning milk ewe with Jake Ronald, Colinlongart, reserve with his winning gimmer.

AOB native breed ewe: 1st B: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 2nd A: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 3rd D: Stewart Herraty, Low Ranachan.

AOB native breed gimmer: 1st B: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 2nd A: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 3rd D: Stewart Herraty, Low Ranachan.

AOB native breed tup lamb: 1st A: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 2nd D: Stewart Herraty, Low Ranachan; 3rd B: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh.

AOB native breed ewe lamb: 1st A: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 2nd B: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 3rd C: Jamie McKendrick, Uigle.

The championship was won by Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh, with his Blue Faced Leicester ewe lamb with reserve going to the same home with the Blue Faced tup lamb winner.

The ewe lamb from Gartvaigh went on to take the overall sheep reserve rosette.

Suffolk ewe: 1st A: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 2nd E: Jack MacDonald, Daill, Islay; 3rd C: Jack MacDonald, Daill, Islay.

Suffolk yeld gimmer: 1st B: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 2nd A: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh.

Suffolk tup lamb: 1st C: Jack MacDonald, Daill, Islay; 2nd D: Jack MacDonald, Daill, Islay; 3rd A: Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh.

The Suffolk champion went to Jack Macdonald, Daill, Islay, with his winning tup lamb with Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh, taking reserve with his first prize ewe.

Jack’s winning Suffolk went on to win the overall sheep championship.

Texel ewe in milk: 1st C: Jack MacDonald, Daill, Islay; 2nd F: Sheena Woodrow, Port Charlotte, Islay; 3rd E: Sheena Woodrow, Port Charlotte, Islay.

Texel yeld gimmer: 1st E: Sheena Woodrow, Port Charlotte, Islay; 2nd C: Jack MacDonald, Daill, Islay; 3rd A: Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus.

Texel tup lamb: 1st A: Elliot Bowman, Islay; 2nd D: Jack MacDonald, Daill, Islay; 3rd C: Gordon Mclean, Torbhlaren, Kilmichael Glassary.

Texel ewe lamb: 1st E: Sheena Woodrow, Port Charlotte, Islay; 2nd C: Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus; 3rd A: Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus.

The Texel championship went to Jack MacDonald, Daill, Islay, with his first prize ewe in milk, with Sheena Woodrow, Port Charlotte, reserve with her winning gimmer.

AOB non-native ewe in milk: 1st E: Stewart Herraty, Low Ranachan; 2nd A: Craig McMillan, Low Tirfergus; 3rd B: Moira McPhee, Low Ranachan.

AOB non-native gimmer: 1st A: Daniel Herraty, Low Ranachan, 2nd E: Sheena Woodrow, Port Charlotte, Islay; 3rd C: Stewart Herraty, Low Ranachan.

AOB non-native tup lamb: 1st F: Stewart Herraty, Low Ranachan; 2nd G: Sheena Woodrow, Port Charlotte, Islay; 3rd D: Moira McPhee, Low Ranachan.

AOB non-native ewe lamb: 1st B: Claire Soudan, Low Tirfergus; 2nd H: Toby Welch, Kilwhipnach; 3rd F: Stewart Herraty, Low Ranachan.

In this section, Daniel Herraty, Ranachan, pipped his father Stuart to the championship with his Dutch Spot winning gimmer. Stuart took the reserve rosette with his blue Texel tup lamb.

The sheep champion from Jack MacDonald, Daill, Islay.
The sheep champion from Jack MacDonald, Daill, Islay.