High­land Cat­tle So­ci­ety set for spring show and sale

The Oban Times - - Farming -

THE HIGH­LAND Cat­tle So­ci­ety hosts its 126th spring show and sale at Oban Live­stock Cen­tre, Oban, this week­end (Fe­bru­ary 11-13).

The iconic na­ture of the High­land breed con­tin­ues to gen­er­ate great in­ter­est.

De­spite the chal­lenges fac­ing the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try, re­cent re­ports have in­di­cated chang­ing cus­tomer trends de­mand­ing smaller por­tion sizes and there­fore smaller car­cases, favour­ing the na­tive breeds and the High­lander in par­tic­u­lar.

Breed sec­re­tary Sian Sharp said: ‘There is con­stant pres­sure within the in­dus­try to lower in­put costs and max­imise out­puts and this is where the High­land breed comes to the fore, with the fe­males be­ing the ideal suck­ler cow for to­day’s mar­ket. Our breed is a tra­di­tional breed that meets modern re­quire­ments.’

The week­end be­gins on Satur­day (Fe­bru­ary 11) with the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at The Royal Ho­tel, Oban, at 5pm. This is fol­lowed by a drinks re­cep­tion spon­sored by the Provost of Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil at 6.30pm to wel­come new mem­bers, ex­ist­ing mem­bers, ven­dors and buy­ers to Oban.

The show is held on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 12 at 10am at Oban Live­stock Cen­tre where 106 an­i­mals will be ex­hib­ited in front of vet­eran judge Jimmy Laing.

There will be 34 bulls for­ward with ex­cel­lent blood­lines from proven stock, nine year­ling bulls who will be el­i­gi­ble for full reg­is­tra­tion from the age of 14 months of age on­wards and 63 fe­males who would com­ple­ment any pedi­gree or com­mer­cial herd and would pro­vide an ex­cel­lent foun­da­tion on which to base a new fold of High­land Cat­tle.

The High­land Cat­tle So­ci­ety is con­scious that the en­thu­si­as­tic young stock men and women are the fu­ture of our breed and a young han­dlers’ class will be held prior to the fe­male cham­pi­onship class.

This year the young han­dlers will be split into two age groups – Un­der-12 and 12-18 years of age. The se­nior com­peti­tors will bat­tle to win The Wood­neuk Cup, pre­sented by Wil- liam and Mar­garet Thom­son of the Wood­neuk Fold, and the ju­niors will com­pete for the This­tle Fold Shield, pre­sented by Mrs An­nie Perkins of the This­tle Fold.

Judg­ing the young han­dlers is Miss He­len Laing.

Tro­phies will be pre­sented at the so­ci­ety’s din­ner and ceilidh at The Royal Ho­tel on Sun­day evening, for which tick­ets are still avail­able.

The fi­nale of this week­end is the pre­mier sale to be held on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 13 at Oban Live­stock Cen­tre, Oban, at 10am.

Buy­ers from near and far will con­gre­gate to bid for their cho­sen beasts.

This year’s show will see 106 an­i­mals ex­hib­ited in front of vet­eran judge Mr Jimmy Laing.

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