Live­stock re­turns to Lis­more show af­ter 78-year ab­sence

The Oban Times - - FARMING - COLIN CAMERON editor@oban­

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.

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