Num­bers up but Lorn Agri­cul­tural Show bat­tles tor­ren­tial down­pours

The Oban Times - - Farming - Pho­to­graphs by Kevin McG­lynn.

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.

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