East Drumlemble cattle are cream of the crop
Four out of five for the Ralstons
East Drumlemble Farm’s cattle were the cream of the crop at the Kintyre and District Ayrshire Breeders’ Club’s annual heifer competition.
Thomas Ralston and Sons took the top prize in four of the five categories at last Wednesday’s event, judged by award-winning young Ayrshire breeder, Shaun Rennie, from Brocklehill.
Mr Rennie deemed East Drumlemble’s team, individual, progeny group, and butterfat and protein beasts the best.
The Ralstons lost out in the dam and daughter category to Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh, who placed second to them in many of the other sections.
After a blustery but largely dry day, despite a dismal forecast, judges and competitors enjoyed an evening dinner in the Royal Hotel, at which Mr Rennie presented the prizes.
Chairman Andrew Ralston proposed a vote of thanks to everyone concerned in the day’s success.
Results: Team: 1 Thos M Ralston & Sons, East Drumlemble; 2 Thomas Cameron, Gartvaigh; 3 J & M Barr, Clochkeil. Individual: 1 East Drumlemble (Delta Fidelity); 2 Gartvaigh (Sandyford Lucky Charm); 3 James Barbour & Co, Machribeg (Carnell Ring Leader).
Progeny group: 1 East Drumlemble (Delta Fidelity); 2 Gartvaigh (Ravenhill Stormin Norman); 3 Clochkeil (Calderglen Rafia’s Commander). Dam and daughter: 1 Gartvaigh; 2 East Drumlemble, 3 Clochkeil. Butterfat and protein: 1 and 2 East Drumlemble; 3 Clochkeil.
Competitors and spectators look on as the cattle are judged.
Judge Shaun Rennie makes notes.
Some of the quality beasts in the competition.