It was a clean sweep for females in the championship at the Royal Highland Show this year, with judge Iolo Prys Jones praising the exceptional quality and strength in depth in the female classes in front of him.
“I was blown away with the standard in the female classes, notably the gimmer and aged ewe classes, with the ewe lambs equally as strong. That is to take nothing away from the males, but the females were the stars of the show today.”
Taking the top ticket under Mr Jones was the winner of the gimmer class, Robbie Wilson’s daughter of the 60,000gns Glenside Willy Nilly, LYM1602144. This gimmer is out of a dam by the 60,000gns Teiglum Tornado and was on her first show outing. Mr Jones said she was a truly modern Texel female with a great top and backend coupled with excellent locomotion and balance. “She’s everything a Texel female should be and has flesh in abundance as well as the spark needed in a gimmer. She’s just a stunning example of the breed and I couldn’t ask for more in my champion.”
Standing reserve to her was the top placed aged ewe from Robert Laird and family, LTC1402038. Sired by Strathbogie Usher and out of a dam by Cambwell Laird she is out of a same dam as Cambwell Rob Roy and Cambwell Socrates, with the dam having now bred six Highland Show first prize winners. The ewe herself was reserve champion at Lesmahagow this year, reserve champion at Biggar last year and well as being champion at Abington in 2015.
“She’s another outstanding female and it was a tough call between her and the gimmer. Again she has class, flesh and breed character and is a ewe to grace any flock.”
Top honours in the males went to the shearling ram winner from Jim Innes, the homebred Strathbogie Yes Big Boy, a Millar’s Windbrook son out of a dam by Castlecairn SAS Commander. He is shared with Robbie Wilson’s Milnbank flock having been sold at Thainstone last year as a lamb for 5000gns, with a share retained by the Innes family.
Then reserve in the males was the winner of the open ram lamb class from Bryden Nicholson, NIC1708120, a Glenside Wild Boy son.
The aged tup class was won by Messrs Wight, Midlock, with Haymount Western Union, an Ettrick Vagabond son out of a dam by Scrogton Powerhouse.
And in the ewe lamb class the winner was Jim Innes with IJS1701627, a daughter of the homebred Strathbogie Yes Sir out of a dam by Strathbogie Untouchable.
Mr Jones commended all exhibitors on putting out an excellent display of sheep in front of him. “It has been an honour to judge the Texel classes at the Royal Highland and it was certainly no easy task. The quality in every class was superb and I was bowled over with the standard of sheep here today.”
1 – Messrs Wight’s Haymount Western Union
2 – Jim Innes’ Glenside Wild Boy.
1 – Jim Innes’ Strathbogie Yes Big Boy
2 – Messrs Orr’s Halbeath YMCA
3 – Messrs Wight’s WKM1618058
4 – Clark Farms’ Garngour You Cracker
5 – Messrs Orr, Wilkinson and Jack’s Halbeath YFC
1 – Bryden Nicholson’s NIC1708120
2 – Robbie Wilson’s LYM1702480
3 – Robbie Wilson’s LYM1702569
4 – John Forsyth’s FPG1701362
5 – David McKerrow’s DMN1701503
Performance Recorded Ram Lambs
1 – David McKerrow’s DMN1701549
2 – Ian Muray’s MFZ1701457
3 – Gordon Gray’s GGH1707048
4 – Ian Murray’s MFZ1701391
5 – Gordon Gray’s GGH1707167
1 – Robert Laird’s LTC1402038
2 – Messrs Knox’s KWJ1501013
3 – Procters Farm’s PFD1403606
4 – K A and R Campbell’s CKP1500210
5 – John Forsyth’s FPG1400764
1 – Robbie Wilson’s LYM1602144
2 – Gordon Gray’s GGH1606006
3 – Messrs Clark’s CJN1604375
4 – Messrs Clark’s CJN1604417
5 – John Forsyth’s FPG1601185
1 – Jim Innes’ IJS1701627
2 – Procters Farm’s PFD1701618
3 – Matthew McTaggart’s MTR1701077
4 – Messrs Wight’s WKM1721260
5 – Messrs Knox’s KWJ1701437