Shear­ers com­pete at Oban mart

The Oban Times - - Farming -

SHEEP shear­ers came from as far afield as Camp­bel­town and Loc­hearn­head to Oban Live­stock Cen­tre to pit their skills against one an­other.

Un­der the ea­gle eyes of judges Neil MacPhail, Glen­barr, and Davie An­der­son, of Bar­nakill, Lochgilp­head, 13 ex­pert shear­ers were put through their paces han­dling some lively ewe hoggs.

Last Satur­day’s competition was or­gan­ised by North Ar­gyll Young Farm­ers’ Club, and sec­re­tary Alex Dun­nings said: ‘It was a re­ally good day, and the club would like to thank the judges and ev­ery­one who took part, as well as those who came along to spec­tate.

‘Thanks as well to Cale­do­nian Marts for the use of the mart; Dun­can Buchanan, Dan McLaughlin and Ful­ton Ron­ald for sup­ply­ing the sheep; Bron Camp­bell for the prizes; and to Caroline Ron­ald for open­ing up the cafe­te­ria for the day.’

Af­ter the two judges had de­lib­er­ated, Al­lan Macken­zie from Loc­hearn­head won the young farm­ers’ class for both hand and ma­chine shear­ing, with the open win­ner be­ing James Mac­Don­ald of Ben­der­loch.

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Left to right are Judge Neil Macphail with young farmer first prize win­ner Al­lan Macken­zie of Loc­hearn­head, open win­ner (ma­chine and hand­s­hears) James Mac­Don­ald and judge Davie An­der­son.

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The main tro­phy win­ners and judges at the North Ar­gyll Young Farm­ers’ Club sheep shear­ing competition held in Oban Live­stock Cen­tre.

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