Numbers up but Lorn Agricultural Show battles torrential downpours
NUMBERS were up at the Lorn Agricultural Show at Benderloch’s Tralee Beach on Saturday August 6 – until a downpour cancelled the afternoon’s activities.
Organisers abandoned the popular terrier racing and tugof-war, as torrential rain started to fall in the early afternoon, sending many spectators home. Most of the judging took place in dry conditions, but the champion of champions was judged in the rain.
The Donald Bremner Cup was awarded to the overall champion animal at the show, a Texel gimmer on her debut, be- longing to Ewen MacGillvray, of Barcaldine Home Farm. She beat the winner of the strongest sheep section, the Blackfaces: a ewe called Prosecco reared by John MacPherson of Balliemeanoch Farm, Dalmally, which secured a fourth Lorn title on the trot.
The Perpetual Challenge Cup for the overall best animal in the busy cattle section went to the cross- calf winner, an October-born steer calf called Spare Ribs, home-bred by Douglas MacDonald of Tyree, Benderloch.
The Highland cattle breed champion was Michael Poland’s Eoin Mhor 15 of Mottistone, from West Ferlochan, Benderloch.
Rachel Carre of Kilmore picked up the Seaton Trophy for her overall champion dog: her one year- old Collie bitch called Gem. The dog agility display wowed the crowds, and 30 Highland dancers from around Argyll and Bute competed in the growing contest, the results of which we will publish next week.
The 22-strong committee thanked all sponsors, exhibitors and helpers for their continued support, and said it was good to see such a busy show.
Robin Tough, joint managing director of United Auctions, presents Ewen MacGillivray, Barcaldine Home Farm, with the Bremner Sash for his Texel Gimmer which won supreme champion at the Lorn Show.
Champion in the popular Highland section was Michael Poland’s Eoin Mhor 15th of Mottistone, a two-year- old bull brought out by Lynne MacLean for Mr Polands farm at West Feorlochan, while her dad, Willie, was at the World Galloway Congress Show at Dumfries.
Right: Top animal in a busy beef section was Spare Ribs from Douglas MacDonald, Tyree, Benderloch, a home bred October-born steer calf by the limousin sire Tweedside Upstanding and out of a Limousin cross Dam.
Donald Morrison, right, United Auctions area managing director for Argyll, presents Lorn Show president Ewen MacGillivray with a cheque for sponsorship of the show for the next three years.
Male Champion Blackface from Donald Shaw, Innisaig, with a tup lamb by a Millpark sire,
Jayden MacLachlan, Bute, winner of the primary school cattle young handler cup at the Lorn Show.