East Drum­lem­ble cat­tle are cream of the crop

Four out of five for the Ral­stons

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FARMING -

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.

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Com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors look on as the cat­tle are judged.

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Judge Shaun Rennie makes notes.

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Some of the qual­ity beasts in the com­pe­ti­tion.

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