Borders beasts are among best in show

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Livestock exhibitors from the Borders showed up well in the various competitions at the Royal Highland Show where more than 5,000 of the best cattle, sheep and horses in the country came under the scrutiny of the judges, writes Andrew Arbuckle.

Among the results were:

Sheep

Roderick Runciman from Allanshaws, Galashiels, was just pipped at the post when his park type North Country Cheviot gimmer had to settle for the reserve ticket in the overall sheep interbreed championship behind the Blackface champion from the Ramsays, of Milnmark, Dalry. Earlier, Allanshaws had scooped up both the breed championship and the reserve ticket in the park type NCCs.

In the Cheviot section, W Douglas, Upper Hindhope, Jedburgh, took the championship with Kale Arkle, a two shear tup. Reserve ticket in this section went to a three crop ewe from Norman and David Douglas, Catslackburn, Yarrow

Borders exhibitors dominated the hill type North Country Cheviots with a two shear tup from John Elliot, Woodside Yetholm taking the top ticket ahead of a one crop ewe from Charles and Mary Symons, Attonburn, Yetholm. The Mule section was topped by a home bred two crop ewe shown by Iain Minto, Townhead, Peebles.

Cattle

In the British Blondes section the championship went to a three year old bull, Hallfield Destiny shown by George and Avril Hamilton, Ramrig, Duns.

In the British Blues, Tom and Alison Cockburn Kingside, Peebles, took the reserve award with their two year old heifer, Lyonpark, Evelien

In the Saler section, the championship went to a rising two year old heifer, Cumbrian Hyacinth shown by Bryan Walling, Over Whitelaw, Selkirk. The reserve place in this section went to a yearling bull Cleuchhead Zebra shown by NFU Scotland livestock convener, Robert Livesey, Netherfirth, Melrose.

Horses

Victory in the Eriskay pony section went to a three year old gelding , Becketts Field Willie Winkie shown by Lady Sanderson, Becketts Field, Melrose.

Reserve male champion in the hotly contested Clydesdale section went to a three year old gelding, Solo shown by Tom Tennant, Gilmanscleugh, Ettrick.

In the Arab section, Mrs Lancaster, c/o Overrshiels Stow, took the reserve award with a seven year old mare, Summer Cloud.