Borderers among top winners at Great Yorkshire Show

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Borders farmers took top prizes at the recent Great Yorkshire Show.

An Aberdeen Angus pair shown by Peter Whittaker and Fraser Cormack of Stickle Heaton Farm, Cornhill on Tweed won the Burke Beef Trophy, awarded for the first time at the show, and their nine-year-old cow Rosemount Justine with her seven-month-old calf at foot won the Angus championship and the native beef breed championship. She was breed champion at the Royal Highland Show and reserve breed champion at the Northumberland County Show earlier in the season.

The partnership’s Flodden Elegant took home the junior breed champion’s ticket.

The reserve sheep interbreed champion went to Roderick Runciman, of Allanshaws, Lauder with a North Country Cheviot gimmer. The 15-month-old sheep, Allanshaws Pam, was reserve interbreed at the Royal Highland Show earlier in the year. She is by Synton Bullseye, a son of Allanshaws Double Top, which was bought for £2,200.

His first time at the Yorkshire for Roderick brought tickets for all three sheep entered and the breed championship.

Breed champion in the Dexter classes was the four-year-old bull Planetree Talos shown by Steven and Kay Darnbrook of Bailey, Newcastleton. The Darnbrooks have won the Great Yorkshire breed championship four times in their nine visits. Talos was breed champion at the Royal Norfolk this year, and last year at the Cheshire, Penrith, Halifax and Westmorland shows. The Darnbrooks took the junior championship with heifer Hestia.

Ron and Robert Wilson of Cowbog took home the Hereford junior champion’s rosette for Romany 1 Ishbel.