Hun­dreds of sheep en­tries flock­ing up to Tur­riff Show

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - NEWS - Sat­ur­day, July 29, 2017

Tur­riff Show or­gan­is­ers have hailed an in­crease in en­tries for sheep for this year’s show.

Show sec­re­tary He­len Pater­son said more than 900 sheep were en­tered for judg­ing at the show, which takes place to­mor­row and Mon­day.

She said en­tries were up by around 100 thanks largely to the show host­ing both the Scot­tish Rye­land Na­tional Sheep Show and the Blue­faced Le­ices­ter Prog­eny Sheep Show.

In the cat­tle sec­tion, en­try num­bers have re­mained static at around 300 beasts and horse en­tries are on a par with last year at 700.

Show pres­i­dent Scott McKil­li­gin, who farms at Ma­hon, near Tur­riff, said a de­ci­sion to in­crease prize money in the cat­tle sec­tion had helped main­tain num­bers.

“It could cost the show £5,000 ex­tra if every class is full,” said Mr McKil­li­gin. He said the show had spent a lot of money fix­ing the grand­stand be­side the main ring, due to dam­age caused by van­dals.

“It’s get­ting a facelift. There’s an aw­ful lot of van­dal­ism done and it’s cost­ing the show around £5,000 every year,” said Mr McKil­li­gin.

Mr McKil­li­gin said around £2,000 had also been in­vested in new CCTV cam­eras on the site, which will hope­fully tackle the van­dal­ism blight at the show’s build­ings.

Mrs Pater­son said the main at­trac­tion at this year’s show is per­for- mances from the Kan­ga­roo Kid quad bike stunt team. There will also be per­for­mances from sheep­dog and duck dis­play team, Mark Wylie and The Drakes of Haz­ard, and Sulky Rac­ing.

Judges con­firmed for the show in­clude for­mer United Auc­tions ex­ec­u­tive chair­man David Leg­gat for the cov­eted supreme cham­pion of cham­pi­ons ti­tle.

The beef groups, pairs and young bull in­ter­breed ti­tles will be de­cided by Charles Bo­den of Mel­lor Hall Farm, near Stock­port, Cheshire.

The sheep over­all and pairs in­ter­breed con­tests will be judged by John Forsyth of Lochlands Farm, May­bole, Ayr­shire.

Lastly the over­all in­hand horse judge is David Goldie, of Culzean Cot­tage, Gar­den Street, Dal­rym­ple, Ayr, and the over­all rid­den is Re­becca Chalmers, Mill­horn Farm, Coupar An­gus.

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