Am Bratach No. 311
September 2017

Owen, 12, beats family rival at

It was a great day for Saval crofter Ivan Macleod and his 12-year-old grandson Owen Martin, who between them took home most of the prizes in the sheep and cattle competitions at last week’s Lairg Crofters Show. Their photo, and that of the North Country Cheviot with which Owen pipped his granddad for the overall livestock championship, are shown on this page.

It was also a successful year for young Blackface breeder, Billy MacRae, Rheanbreck. His gimmer, bred from a £4,500 Connachan Farm (Crieff) tup, topped the breed section. Billy’s photo, holding his prize Blackface, is on page 15.

On his first visit to the show, livestock judge Matthew Taylor was impressed. “I saw tremendous stock here today,” he said.

“It was a really good show,” continued Mr Taylor, who runs Blue Grey cattle and Scotch Mule sheep on his farm at Ardjachie, near Tain. “There were strong numbers of sheep and it’s a credit to the stockmanship in the area.“

And no doubt he will be back. “I think it’s important to support these local shows and it’s good that there are so many youngsters taking part in the show.”

It was a change of scene for Kerry Cameron, 107 Torrible. At last year’s show, Kerry, now 19, spent most of her time in the sheep fanks, sorting out her own sheep as well as helping others, before being hailed as overall champion — for the second year running. This year Kerry arrived on the field in all her finery as Show Queen. She was twice paraded round the showground in a Land Rover, with two attendants in train. A nice touch was that Kerry was wearing the sash worn by her mother when she was queen exactly thirty years ago. As regular visitors to the sheep ranks know, Mrs Ann Cameron is the diligent lady who records the results of the sheep competitions.

Horses made a welcome return after an outbreak of “strangles” in Ross-shire in 2016. Overall horse and pony champion was Cally Munro with Gillstown Lady.

Dogs, including the crofter’ best friend, the collie, are another popular part of the show. As can be seen elsewhere on this page, Corrie, a 5-year-old collie belonging to Susan Murray from Rogart, was placed first in this category.

Numerous other events from baking to ferret racing to Highland dancing entertained visitors and locals alike on what was a fine day out.

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