Livestock classes escape deluge ... but dog trials get a soaking
Despite a slight drop in entries and a storm threat, Carsphairn Show was voted another success.
The high quality of entries was commented on by judges and the show of Blackface sheep, which rivals events across the country, was maintained.
Sunshine for most of the day saw the gate numbers significantly up on the year. Late in the afternoon torrential rain hit but by that time most of the animals were off the showfield and only the sheepdog handlers were out.
It was a great day for Willie Lockhart, of Culdoach, Tongland, who won the open Blackface championship and the overall breed championship before lifting the interbreed title with a ewe hogg which is by a £6,500 Dyke sire and is shared with Jimmy Wallace, of Fingland, Dalry.
The champ is out of a £ 14,000 Elmcleugh mother and it gave Mr Lockhart his first interbreed crown at the show. He said: “It’s great to win here.”
Show secretary Anne Finlay said: “We had great weather most of the day but the dog trials caught torrential rain later on although they went on to finish.
“Entries were slightly down in the Blackface and mules but this was probably due to the very bad weather in the winter and spring and at lambing time.
“The entries in the Bluefaced Leicester and Any Other Breed classes were much the same as last year but gate numbers were significantly up on the year.
“The dog trials were a great success with 60 entries and the children’s sports and the industrial section in the Lagwyne Hall were again well supported.”
Show president James Wallace, of Fingland, said: “The quality of stock was again excellent and, although entries may be down slightly because of the weather we’ve had, everyone enjoyed the show.” Blackface Reserve to the Culdoach champ was a two-crop ewe from Billy Welsh, of Beoch, Dalmellington, which was champion at Colmonnel and is by a homebred tup sold to Crossflat. She will be going to Straiton Show this weekend. Confined Blackface The champion was a Blackface tup lamb shown by Messrs R & E Nixon, of Marbrack, Carsphairn, which is by a £28,000 Auldhouseburn and was being shown for the first time. It was the second year in a row that they had been successful and their winner this time was out of a £1,400 Connachan.
James Wallace, of Fingland, took reserve with a homebred ewe hogg which is by a Dyke sire and whose mother was homebred. The winner was one of triplets. Mules A one-crop ewe which was champion a year ago as a hogg took the honours for John Guild, of Laight, New Cumnock.
She was bought from Culdoach in a pen of 40 in 2016 and won the championship and interbreed at New Cumnock.
Reserve was a homebred ewe lamb from Ryan Ferguson, Craigton Dairy, Castle Douglas, who was showing at Carsphairn for the first time. His winner was also on her first outing. Bluefaced Leicester Robert McTurk, of Glenhowl, Dalry, added another championship to his list of honours, this time with a ewe lamb on her first outing.
She is by a Parkgatestone K1 bought at Kelso last year in partnership with Mains of Collin and her mother is by an F1 J&D Blues. Her mother was champion at Carsphairn three years ago as a lamb.
Reserve was a ewe hogg shown by Stevie Guild, of Ashmark, New Cumnock, which is out of an H7 Easter Daycke dam by an E7 Forebrae. Mr Guild’s reserve champion was third at the recent New Cumnock Show. Any Other Breed A Beltex ewe lamb took the championship ticket for Gail Paterson, of Moss Nae, Twynholm, with her February-born ewe lamb Moss Nae Daisy Duke.
She is by the stock tup Cynin Battle Ground which was Beltex champion at Moffat Show last year and out of Glenkeen Talent.
This was her second outing and she will be heading to the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, Edinburgh, later this month.
Reserve honours went to a Charollais gimmer shown by Jim Kennedy, from Lyonston, Maybole, which was interbreed champion at New Cumnock the previous week and also champion at Ayr Show last month.
The gimmer is by Taymen Poundstretcher and out of a Carnew-bred ewe.
Job done Duncan Robertson pens his sheep at the dog trials
Success Willie Lockhart, Culdoach, with his champion