Mixed emo­tions at High­land Cat­tle Show

The Oban Times - - FARMING - SANDY NEIL sneil@oban­times.co.uk

IT WAS a week­end of mixed emo­tions at the High­land Cat­tle So­ci­ety’s 120th an­nual au­tumn show and sale at Oban Live­stock Cen­tre.

Mem­bers were ex­cited to have newly-ap­pointed United Auc­tions sell­ing the cat­tle on Mon­day and they cel­e­brated the 120th event in true style with en­thu­si­asm and good ‘craik’. They also raised their glasses with fond mem­o­ries to ab­sent friends An­gus MacColl and Jim McConachie.

Dur­ing the din­ner and tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion on Sun­day evening a shep­herd’s crook made of High­land horn do­nated by Archie Cameron was auc­tioned by Ray­mond Kennedy and raised £1,300, do­nated to the Beat­son Cancer Cen­tre along with the pro­ceeds of Lot 5 Una Bhuidhe 10th of Muin­gairigh, who sold to Graeme Keep of the Ched­ley fold for 2,000 guineas on Mon­day.

Judge Matt Auld of the Pol­lok fold found his over­all cham­pion in Kirsty 11th of Craigowmill from Ken and Eva Brown. Kirsty won the three­year-old heifer sec­tion win­ning the Bell In­gram Quaich be­fore going on to lift the In­ver­nairn Cup.

The herd per­son bringing out the over­all cham­pion win­ning the K W Walker Me­mo­rial Quaich was Ken Brown’s stock­man David Burt. This heifer was sold to the Balnabroich fold of Michael and Sally Nairn for 3,600 guineas.

The re­serve over­all cham­pion was awarded to the best two-year-old heifer, Sguillin 4th of Mot­ti­s­tone from the home of Michael Poland. Michael and his stock­man Willie Ma­cLean lifted the newly-do­nated Dooris Fam­ily Rose Bowl and also took home the Ge­orge Bruce Me­mo­rial Tro­phy. The newly-formed Witches Craig fold of Veda De­war and Ken­neth Wood topped the sale by pur­chas­ing this heifer for 4,000 guineas.

The re­serve best three-year-old heifer went to High­land Cat­tle So­ci­ety vice-pres­i­dent Gor­don McConachie from the firm of J&M McConachie & Son with Nes­sia 4th of Cul­foich. The red heifer was pur­chased by Paul Har­ris for 2,800 guineas for his Har­ris fold. Stand­ing in re­serve in the two-year-old sec­tion was Hazel 17th of Knock­endon from Ron­ald and Frances Fergie.

Gor­don McConachie lifted his sec­ond ti­tle of the day in the year­ling heifer class with Car­lin 4th of Cul­foich tak­ing the Best Year­ling Heifer ti­tle and win­ning the Braes of Greenock Chal­lenge Bowl. The red year­ling heads back to Aberdeen­shire to the home of J&L Fraser & Son for 1,200 guineas. The re­serve ti­tle went to R&S Strachan from the Isle of Mull with Netta Dhubh of Cailaich, a black heifer brought out by Shirley Strachan.

The Myre­cairnie Per­pet­ual Tro­phy was won by Dex­ter Lo­gan of Blair­logan High­landers with the white heifer calf Katie Morag 13th of Blair­logan, ably brought out by Carolyn Ross. Lord Den­ham of the Du­nach Fold stood re­serve with Nighean Ruadh 2nd of Du­nach, a red heifer brought out by John, Wilma, Ruari, Murn and Kate Cameron.

The Thag­gnam Cup for the best cow was awarded to Emma and Si­mon Ha­ley of the Seam fold with Diorb­hail of West Ed­mond­s­ley who was bred by L&L Braines and brought out by son Mark Braines. Don­ald MacNaughton stood re­serve with Malda 4th of Knock­endon, a yel­low, six-year-old cow bred by Ron­ald and Frances Fergie.

The Oban Times Young Han­dlers’ Tro­phy was hotly con­tested. Twelve young peo­ple were split into two classes, the se­nior class aged 14 to 18 and the ju­nior class aged 13 and un­der. The win­ners of each sec­tion went head-to-head for the over­all ti­tle. Win­ning the se­nior sec­tion was 16-year-old Asha Nel­son of the Glen­gorm fold and stand­ing top of the ju­nior sec­tion was Lo­gan Ross, who was as­sist­ing Blair­logan High­landers. Matt Auld crowned Lo­gan Ross as the over­all young han­dler cham­pion and the prizes were pre­sented by An­gus MacColl’s mother Jean­nie MacColl.

Pho­to­graph: Kevin McG­lynn

The in-calf heifer which was owned by the late An­gus MacColl from Mull. An­gus died re­cently from cancer. The heifer Una Buidhe of Mi­un­gairigh sold for 2,000gns, with the pro­ceeds going to the Beat­son in Glas­gow. An­gus’s wife Pamela is pic­tured hold­ing the heifer.

Pic­ture: Kevin McG­lynn

Top price was Sguillin 4th of Mot­ti­s­tone owned by Michael Poland and shown by stock­man Willie Ma­clean sold for 4,000gns.

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