Just shy of 80 Aberdeen-Angus cattle graced judge Russell Taylor of the Moncur herd today at the Royal Highland Show where he found his champion in the form of the April 2013-born Retties Lady Ruth N228 from Donald Rankin, Isle of Skye.
Brought out by original breeders Carol and Richard Rettie, this one is by Rawburn Elysium F547 and is out of The Wall Lady Ruth E397. She’s been no stranger to winning form at previous shows taking the championship at Central and West Fife Show, alongside her February-born Retties JFK calf and was champion at Black Isle and Grantown Shows last year.
Commenting on his overall champion, Russell said: “My female and overall champion was an excellent example of the breed. She’s in condition considering she’s working hard. Equally, she moves well in the ring.”
Standing reserve to her was the male champion, Fenland My Prize P001, from the Gordon Brooke Trust. Bred by Norfolk-based Robbie Moore, this one is by Rawburn Black Hawk L261 and is out of Rawburn Mary Princess L315, Robbie’s foundation female for his herd having won her in a YDP raffle a few years ago. “The bull was correct and of medium size and on the day was a balanced package,” added Russell.
Standing reserve in the females having clinched the junior female championship as well was recently established breeder and last year’s senior YDP winner Stephanie Dick with her September 2014-born heifer, Weeton Evora P439. Purchased at John Loftus’ major reduction last year, she’s again by Rawburn Black Hawk L261 and is out of Blelack Evora L770. This one has had a good start to the show season by clinching the championship at Stirling and reserve at Drymen earlier in the season.
In the male championship, reserve went to John Lascelles with the second place Balmachie Rodger P190. Born September 2009, this one also took the male junior championship and is by Balmachie Ben Vorlich L105, a bull used in the 25-cow herd for a couple of seasons having been purchased as an embryo from William McLaren. Rodger is out of Balmachie Rachel K097, the first daughter born by Balmachie Black Bear. If he’s not sold privately, this one will head to Stirling in October.
Reserve male junior championship honours went to Alan Lawson with Hallington Emperor R478, a son of Blelack Egotist K531 and out of Hallington Ebolass L312. Reserve in the junior female line up was Alistair Clark and family with Duncanziemere Edwina R127, a daughter of Duncanziemere Explosive N075.
Winning the pairs was Glenrinnes Farms with their first prize cow Breagh Eureka M451, a March 2012-born daughter of Wedderlie Posse H567, who teamed up with their senior bull class winner Logie Limited Edition M280, a May 2012-born son of Blelack Lord Hildago H972.
Meanwhile, the group of three winners came from Bryan and Carol Ronan with their third place heifer Jerusalem Diana R323, as well as Jerusalem Missie R330 and the yearling bull Jerusalem Faberge R346, all three of which are by Rawburn Julio Eric L249.
Female, born on or after 1st April 2015
1, Donald Rankin’s Weeton Princess Chartreuse R467, by Retties JFK M195
2, Cardona Farm’s Cardona Jewel Erica R950, by Nightingale Dunbar K551
3, Alistair Clark and Sons’ Duncanziemere Edwina R132, by Rawburn Jester Eric J034
4, Glenrinnes Farms Ltd’ Blelack Blue Bird R488, by Blelack Evergreat H003
5, Messrs M Bruce and Partners’ Logie Rosebell R571, by Blelack Evril K554
6, James McConnachie’s Deveron Jubilee Erica R513
7, Andrew Hodge’s Rulesmains Paloma R672, by Hallington Edition M362
Female, born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2015
1, Alistair Clark and Sons’ Duncanziemere Edwina R127, by Duncanziemere Explosive N075
2, Donald Rankin’s Weeton Lady Heather R450, by Duncanziemere Edwin J311
3, B S Ronan’s Jerusalem Diana R323, by Rawburn Julio Eric L249
4, Neil Wattie’s Tonley Ester R132, by Blelack Evor H929
5, H B and I Hodge’s Weeton Eyrie R449, by Netherellan Peter Pershore E052
6, B S Ronan’s Jerusalem Missie R330, by Rawburn Julio Eric L249
7, Andrew Hodge’s Rulesmains Kitty R621, by Hallington Edition M362
Female, born on or between 24th June and 31st December 2014
1, Stephanie Dick’s Weeton Evora P439, by Rawburn Black Hawk L261
2, Messrs M Bruce and Partners’ Logie Lady P522, by Blelack Hildago H972
3, Messrs M Bruce and Partners’ Logie Lucy P497, by Blelack Evril K554
Female, born on or between 1st January and 23rd June 2014
1, J Gilmour and Co Ltd’s Belhaven Franco Phile P104, by Billinge Magic Jack Eric M176
2, B S Ronan’s Jerusalem Duchess P308, by Rawburn Julio Eric L249
3, B S Ronan’s Jerusalem Missie P310, by Rawburn Double Oseven J985
4, Donald Rankin’s Hillfoots Tidy Bee P288, by Retties JFK M195
5, Glenrinnes Farms Ltd’s Bregach Princess Camilla, by Blelack Duke J262
6, Gordon R Brooke’s Linton Gilbertines Rosie P867, by Linton Gilbertines Rowan K414
7, Glenrinnes Farms Ltd’s Bregach Evita P493, by Skaill Decision K225
Female, born on or between 1st January and 31st December 2013
1, Donald Rankin’s Retties Lady Ruth N228, by Rawburn Elysium F547
Female, born or before 31st December 2012
1, Glenrinnes Farms Ltd’s Bregach Eureka M541, by Wedderlie Posse H567
2, Messrs M Bruce and Partners’ Logie Ermine H736, by Blelack Lord Hildago H972
3, George Milne’s Kinaldy Jewel Erica K126, by Blelack Blackstock C737
4, Neil Wattie’s Tonley Annie L772, by Hurdcott Elixier E215
Bull, born on or after 1st April 2015
1, Alan Lawson’s Hallington Emperor R478, by Blelack Egotist K531
2, Alistair Clark and Sons’ Duncanziemere Scotssoun R148, by Rawburn Jester Eric J034
3, H B and I Hodge’s Wyddial Blackbeard R122, by Rawburn Lord Ross C216
4, B S Ronan’s Jerusalem Faberge R346, by Rawburn Julio Eric L249
5, Messrs John Lascelles’ Balmachie Jack Eric R206, by Balmachie Ben Vorlcih L105
6, Messrs Neil Massie and Sons’ Blelack Topper R553, by Blelack Dynamite N201
7, John M Steel’s Alewater Proud Innes R352, by Netherton Americano M703
Bull, born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2015
1, Messrs John Lascells’ Balmachie Lord Jock R198, by Balmachie Ben Vorlich L105
2, Neil Wattie’s Tonley Elgar R134, by Warrenho Emperor M425
3, Robert Lane’s Penguin Mr Elderado R581, by Cardona Potter K703
4, B S Ronan’s Jerusalem Galileo R336, by Rawburn Julio Eric L249
5, Messrs M Bruce and Partners’ Logie Draught R549, by Rawburn Enoch L309
6, Gordon R Brooke’s Linton Gilbertines Lord Rufus R914, by Rawbunr Black Hawk L261
7, Messrs W E and I Brown’s Drumdow Ernie R100, by Logie Elation L066
Bull, born on or between 1st January and 31st December 2014
1, Gordon R Brooke’s Fenalnd My prize P001, by Rawburn Black Hawk L261
2, Messrs John Lascells’ Balmachie Rodger P190, by Balmachie Ben Vorlich L105
3, Robert McNeil’s Kincardine Castle Poacher P999, by Kincardine Castle Endrigg M853
Bull, born on or before 31st December 2013
1, Glenrinnes Farms Ltd’ Logie Limited Edition M280, by Blelack Lord Hildago H971