John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso completed a hat trick of championships at John Swan St Boswells inaugural Christmas Cracker show and sale of cattle and sheep. The event which was in association with Royal Bank of Scotland attracted an outstanding entry of sheep and cattle.
The champion bullock from Roxburgh Mains was an Aberdeen Angus cross bred by Messrs Ross, Wester Middleton, Gorebridge and was champion at the St Boswells native breed calf sale in September.
The bullock, Brawburn subsequently was champion native breed at the Winter Fair at Edinburgh and Smithfield Show at Peterborough last week, thus securing four championships in two months and subsequently sold for £5.20/kg (£3,068) to leading East Lothian Butcher, John Anderson, North Berwick.
The 65 cattle sold averaged 249.5p/kg.
An outstanding show of lambs were led by AHC Smith, Crumhaughhill, Hawick with a pair of Texel cross lambs which sold for £380 each to Malcolm Allan Ltd, Falkirk. Again the quality of the entry was reflected in an average price of 220.6p.
A new primary schools’ young auctioneers competition was incorporated in the event. The competition was open to all primary schools in the Earlston High School catchment area and the four finalists each auctioned a lamb. The proceeds, £620, were donated to Child Poverty in Scotland charity.
The ultimate winner was Toby Dawson from Channelkirk primary school, Lauder.
Christmas show and sale of prime sheep, judge: James Curle, Norwood, Bowsden, Berwick-upon-Tweed
Class 20, best pair of suffolk cross lambs, 1 Headshaw. L £145; 2 Huntington £128; 3 Brotherstone £94.
Class 21 best pair of Texel cross lambs
1 Crumhaghhill £380 Champion went to Malcolm Allan; 2 Crumhaghhill £125; 3 Crumhaghhill £108
Class 22 Best pair of Beltex cross lambs: 1 Crookston £300, Reserve Ms J Curle, 2 Sydenham £125, 3 Crookston £118.
Class 23 Best pair of lambs, any other breed: 1 Craiglea £90, 2 Springwood £90, 3 Springwood £94.
Overall champion : Crumhaghhill; reserve: Crookston
Class 24 Best pair of north country cheviot lambs: 1 Headshaw. L £100, 2 Whitchesters £90, 3 Whitchesters £74
Class 26 Best pair of blackface lambs: 1 Hartside £105, 2 Hartside £115, 3 Longcroft £76 Class 27 Best pair of scotch mule lambs: 1 Hartside £98, 2 Crookston £92, 3 Burncastle £78
Class 30 Best pair of lambs, any other breed, or cross exhibited by a member of the Border Federation of Young Farmer’s Clubs: 1 Craigsford Mains £100, 2 Hartside £105, 3 Inchkeith £95.
CHAMPION: Headshaw, Lauder; reserve: Hartside, Oxton.
Christmas show and sale of prime cattle: judge: John Anderson, High Street, North Berwick
Class 1 single bullock by AA sire: 1 Roxburgh Mains520p Champion went to John Anderson Butchers, North Berwick; 2 Falsidehill 290p, 3 Bee Edge 250p.
Class 2 Single heifer by AA sire: 1 Fowberry Moor 270p, 2 Falsidehill 250p, 3 Wester Middleton 228p.
Class 3 Singlbullcock by any other native sire: 1 Lurdenlaw 245p, 2 Hollybush 208p, 3 Faughhill 205p.
Judge: James Allen, Malcolm Allan & Sons, Falkirk
Class 5 Single bullock by Charolais sire: 1 Greenknowe 260p, 2 North Synton 242p, 3 New Channelkirk 235p.
Class 6 single heifer by Charolais sire: 1 Glenrath 285p, 2 Low Middleton 270p, 3 Wester Middleton 250p.
Class 7 single bullock by Limousin sire: 1 Bee Edge 330p, Reserve went to WTS Forsyth, Peebles, 2 Lennoxlove 260p, 3 Bee Edge 280p.
Class 8 Single heifer by Limousin sire: 1 Bee Edge 285p, 2 Longnewton 255p, 3 Holly Bush 215p.
Class 12 Single heifer by any other sire: 1 Ramrigg 225p
Champion: Roxburgh Mains
Reserve : Bee Edge
Border Federation of Young Farmer’s Clubs section, judge: George Deans, Shaws Fine Meats, Lauder
Class 13 Single bullock any breed or cross: 1 Bee Edge 300p, 2 Kaimflat 240p, 3 Kaimflat 218p.
Class 14 Single heifer any breed or cross: 1 Wanton Walls 265p, 2 Humbie Mill 240p, 3 Humbie Mill 245p.
Pairs, judge: James Allen, Malcolm Allan & Sons, Falkirk
Class15 Best pair native bred bullocks: 1 Brockholes 208/210p, 2 Willowford 270/240p.
Class 16 Best pair native bred heifers
1 Willowford 275/255p
Class 17 Best pair continental bred bullocks: 1 Longnewton 260/255p, 2 Saughland 235(2).
Class 18 Best pair continental bred heifers: 1 Longnewton 240/235, 2 Falsidehill 258/248p.