Salen’s spirit is key to suc­cess

THE ISLE of Mull’s an­nual agri­cul­tural show has been de­scribed as one of the high­lights of the farm­ing cal­en­dar, and this year was no dif­fer­ent,

The Oban Times - - Leisure - writes David McPhee.

Water­proofs and um­brel­las may have been needed, but it didn’t stop lo­cals and visi­tors alike mak­ing their way to Salen Show last Thurs­day.

As al­ways there was some­thing for ev­ery­one, whether a climb­ing frame for the chil­dren, a burger and a beer for the adults or a se­ries of com­pe­ti­tions for the farm­ers to showcase their an­i­mals.

Iain MacKay’s high­land heifer was crowned the over­all cat­tle cham­pion af­ter win­ning its three-year- old class and tak­ing the high­land cham­pi­onship.

Mr MacKay of Tor­loisk Farm said: ‘The class was very strong and I am very pleased to have won in a very strong show of cat­tle like that.’

Even the rain couldn’t dampen his spir­its. He added: ‘It’s been a very good day de­spite the weather. It can rain all it likes now.’

The Bart­tett fam­ily also tasted some suc­cess on the day, al­beit sur­pris­ingly. They were vis­it­ing the is­land on hol­i­day and de­cided to en­ter their five­months- old whip­pet in to some com­pe­ti­tions. In her first show, Wil­low was crowned the best puppy and re­ceived a sec­ond for best small dog.

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Jamie McLean of Knoch Farm holds his prize sheep, which was crowned the­black face cham­pion. Jeff from Mull just af­ter his sheep was crowned the tup cham­pion. Lily How­ell, from Mull, with her prize-win­ning pet. Cait, 4, won the non-work­ing Col­lie com­pe­ti­tion. The Mull and Iona Pipe Band en­ter­tain the soaked crowd. Um­brel­las and water­proofs were needed for this year’s show.

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Vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing Morvern the clown, who were rais­ing money for Mull Mu­si­cal Minds.

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Meet 13-year- old Cuillin, who came third in the spaniel class.

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Two young boys pre­pare to crash into one another.

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Paddy the por­poise be­ing held by Jenny Hamp­son, left, and Zoë Steven­son of the He­bridean Whale and Dol­phin Trust.

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