Livestock returns to Lismore show after 78-year absence
LIVESTOCK makes a welcome return to the revived Lismore Agricultural Show this year.
The Lismore Agricultural Society had organised an annual agricultural show on the island since its foundation in 1853. But the last time sheep and cattle were paraded around the island was in 1938, on the eve of the Second World War.
Last year saw the revival of a show but without the animals that were at the event’s heart for so many years.
Now they are back, and the 2016 show, to be held this Saturday July 16, at Croft 5 Craiganinch, will see classes for blackface, purebred and cross sheep, as well as breeding cattle.
Well known Galloway cattle breeder Drew Brown from Drumhumphry, Castle Douglas, will handle the judging duties. Umpire for the day will be Willie MacLean from West Ferlochan, Benderloch.
Among the marquees, there will be strong sections for baking, preserves, handicrafts, floral, vegetables, arts and photography. Glasgow’s Ann Sneddon will judge the baking classes, while the handicrafts will be scrutinised by Ann Muirhead. The paintings and photography entries will be placed by Sue Campbell.
One of the big attractions, with a large entry in store, is certain to be the dog show, judged by an as-yet-unnamed local vet.
The show will operate a ‘bring your own bottle’ bar.
Scottish Sea Farms has sponsored the event to the tune of £1,500, while invaluable support has also been received from Oban Livestock Centre.
Neil Carmichael, from Lismore Agricultural Show, said: ‘We are very much looking forward to this year’s show, which will be the first proper show on the island since 1938.
‘The venue is less than a mile from the ferry and it should be a great family day out. We just hope for a good day of weather.’
He continued: ‘I want to thank Mrs C Carmichael for kind use of the land and local businesses for prizes. Oban Livestock Centre and Scottish Sea Farms have also been fantastic supporters this year, so many thanks to them.’
Judging starts on Saturday at 11.30am, while the dogs will be judged around 2pm. Show entry is free, though donations are welcome.
A young handler with his prize-winning dairy heifer from Lismore Show in the early 1930s.