Grays’ Texel pipped at the post at Kelso

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LINDEAN farmers Gordon and David Gray took the reserve sheep interbreed title at last Saturday’s Border Union Show.

The Texel gimmer from the father-and-son team of Sunnycroft was pipped at the post by a North Country Cheviot gimmer owned by Roderick Runciman, Allanshaws, Galashiels.

Judge James Sharp, from Newbigging Walls, near Lauder, said: “This was a very good show of sheep.

“I thought there were two particularly outstanding animals – the North Country Cheviot and the Texel. It was between the two.

“The Cheviot was the winner, but it wasn’t by miles.”

Other local winners included Bryan Walling at Over Whitlaw taking the Lleyn championship with a shearling ram, while Norman Douglas at Catslackburn, Yarrow, took the J Bibby Perpetual Challenge Cup for best group of Cheviot ram, ewe, gimmer and ewe lamb

In the Blackface ring, S McClymont and Son, Tinnis, Yarrow won reserve best sheep of opposite sex to the champion with a gimmer.