SELKIRK pedigree sheep farmers Gordon and David Gray had more than one reason to celebrate last Saturday, writes Sally Gillespie.
For not only did they win the sheep interbreed championship at the Berwickshire Show in Duns, they also won the Scottish Texel Club’s trophy and a £500 prize as the flock winning most points at shows.
David said of the club trophy, being offered for only the second year: “We were fourth last year and have won it in its second year. We’re quite pleased to get that as well (as the Duns interbreed championship) – we’ve had a really good year at the shows.”
Three separate young ewes from the father and son partnership of Sunnycroft, Lindean, have taken two interbreeds (at Duns and Northumberland) and a reserve interbreed (at Kelso) over the summer which boosted their show points tally.
They took the Duns title with the homebred Texel gimmer by Paparazzi that won her class at the Royal Highland Show earlier this year.
Duns show attractions in the main ring were disrupted by heavy rain, but otherwise entries and standards were high.
Show secretary Natalie Cormack was disappointed with the weather but said: “It was a great day’s competition in all rings, with particular accolade to the cattle and sheep sections for their overall quality on show.
“Thanks to all exhibitors and public alike for showing true British spirit and just getting on with it during the afternoon’s downpour.”