Young turnout for High­land cat­tle show

The Oban Times - - FARMING - by Kathie Grif­fiths kgrif­fiths@oban­ For more pho­tographs, go to www.oban­

Young peo­ple brought a lively buzz to the High­land Cat­tle So­ci­ety’s 121st au­tumn show in Oban at the week­end.

Or­gan­is­ers said the pop­u­lar event at United Auc­tions’ live­stock cen­tre was ‘full of young peo­ple and en­ergy’.

As well as a surge in young han­dlers, there were lots of younger gen­er­a­tions among the spec­ta­tors too.

De­spite tor­ren­tial rain on show day on Sun­day, crowds filled the auc­tion mart. Mon­day was the sale day.

A so­ci­ety spokes­woman said there was a ‘great at­mos­phere’ and Sun­day’s event was ‘highly in­ter­ac­tive’.

‘This en­ter­tain­ing show demon­strated High­land cat­tle show­ing of the fu­ture. The gen­eral con­sen­sus was that it was full of young peo­ple and en­ergy,’ she added.

And Wayne Eaton-Stevens, se­nior agri­cul­tural man­ager of spon­sor Bar­clays Bank added: ‘A true hon­our to be in­volved with such a youth­ful show this year.’

Over­all best young han­dler Lo­gan Ross showed the over­all cham­pion Arin 3rd of Cul­foich from J&M McConachie & Son.

Vis­i­tors to the show in­cluded a party of Danes and a Cana­dian tourist who heard about the event by chance af­ter her hire car got a punc­ture.

‘I think it was the uni­verse’s way of get­ting me here. What a won­der­ful sight it is to see so many High­land cat­tle in one place,’ said Theresa Sharma from Guelph, near Toronto.

Si­mon Ha­ley en­tered four of his cat­tle in the show from Seam Fold in County Durham. This was his 10th au­tumn show – ‘at least’, he said – and added: ‘High­land cat­tle is a so­cial breed. This is where it all hap­pens. I’ve al­ready booked to come back in Fe­bru­ary for the spring show.’ The Seam Fold won best steer.

Best year­ling went to Arin 3rd of Cul­foich shown by Lo­gan Ross for J&M McConachie.

Best heifer calf was Heather 16th of Tor­dar­roch shown by Sarah

Noble for John Cooper.

Sith Ruadh 2nd and An­nag Ruadh 10th from the Dunoch Fold, ex­pertly shown by Kate Cameron, won the best pair of suck­led calves.

Win­ner of the un­der-13 young han­dlers’ sec­tion was Emily Arm­strong aged 13, Lo­gan Ross came top in the 14- to 18-year-old sec­tion.

Best pair of in-calf heifers were Crys­tal 12th of Broom­rig and Capleadh Prioseag 11th of Broom­rigg From the Broom­rig Fold for Mr and Mrs D Foun­tain.

Pho­to­graph: Kevin McG­lynn.

Erin, Murn and Kate Cameron as they re­tain the best pair of suck­led calves for the Du­nach fold. The fold is run by the girls’ dad John on be­half of Lord and lady Den­holm.

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