Report from Show now available
Border Union Agricultural Show
At the Springwood Park Showground, Kelso.
Saturday, 27th July 2014
Somewhat belatedly, a short report from the Border Union Agricultural Show, where the Tup Sale Committee are currently busily arranging the world renowned Annual Kelso Tup Sale!
There was an excellent show of Pedigree Suffolks presented for scrutiny by respected Dumfries & Galloway based breeder Mrs Annie Hutchon.
Females achieved almost a clean sweep of the Suffolk Championships, both MV and non-MV.
Many exhibitors (and indeed this Judge!) had been vendors just a day earlier so had ‘hot-footed’ from the Breed’s Annual Northern (Scottish) Show & Sale of tups at United Auctions, Stirling. But the BUAS Show at Kelso is not to be missed.
The MV Section Championship was won by a very quality ewe, a superb example of the breed, brought out by Roseden and Lilburn Estates.
Sired by the flock’s Deveronside Pall Mall, she fittingly lifted the “Messrs Wm. Bosomworth & Sons Ltd” (Auctioneers, Edinburgh) Silver Cup which was won outright back in 1978 by Joe Walton & Sons and re-presented.
Reserve to this ewe, winner of a large and very strong ewe lamb class (featuring stock which had previously secured excellent RHAS placings), was a classy lamb from the highly successful Thrunton flock of John Campbell.
Deveronside Pall Mall also sired Roseden & Lilburn’s winner of the untrimmed shearling tup class, G34 13:051. This one went on to win the Breed Championship title at the Glendale Show in August.
However, lifting the “Hugh Frazer Salver” for the ‘Best Opposite Sex to the Champion‘, was a smart tup lamb from the Highfield Farming Partnership of Bryden Nicholson, who, with his family, somewhat intrepidly farm both on Shetland and in the Borders. This lamb came from the ‘untrimmed’ class.
Second in this strong classification was another from the same flock.
Runner-up to those two and then successful with a 1st in the ‘trimmed’ tup lamb class were lambs from the Kelso-based Westmuir flock of the Redpath family, who secured other good placings, including scoring over tups from the local Rosepark flock of Caroline Nelson and from Scott & Gavin Brown, who travel down from Gorebridge, Midlothian to this superb show.
Indeed, there was a great entry forward for Mrs Hutchon’s scrutiny, with sheep placed from the Gordon based Oxmuir flock of R G Laing & Sons; Sandy Sutherland’s New Channelkirk flock from Soutra; the Annett family, up from Widdrington near Morpeth and, travelling from even further afield but with very local family connections, Elaine Wilkie from Lockerbie.
In the Non-MV Ring, sheep were judged by respected commercial producer William Pate of Mossilee, Galashiels, who selected as both his Champion and Reserve, sheep from the successful flock of Neil Pate, Gorebridge.
Yet again it was a female; a gimmer this time, which took the Judge’s fancy for the “Cessford Motors Challenge Cup”.
Breaking with the day’s superior ‘female’ domination, Mr Pate selected a shearling tup from the same stable to secure the Reserve Champion slot.
This too was a well contested section, with a good number ofsheep forward from well established local Flocks.
On an unbelievably hot day with temperatures soaring, it was to the credit of this particular breed that they settled back so comfortably and indeed so tolerantly into their pens after judging.
For all that, sensibly and on “Veterinarian” grounds – sheep were allowed home early.