Borders farmers’ success in bringing home silverware

Overall Champion, James Anderson, Headshaw photograph is with his 2 sons, Hamish and Adam Anderson. He is a texel shearling by Teviot Topper
Overall Champion, James Anderson, Headshaw photograph is with his 2 sons, Hamish and Adam Anderson. He is a texel shearling by Teviot Topper

Borders showmen and women had a good weekend, garnering leading prizes at Westruther, Newcastleton and Moffat.

Winning the overall at Westruther Show on Saturday was James Anderson, Headshaw, Oxton, with a Texel shearling by Teviot Topper.

Show secretary Fiona Marwick said: “It was a great day, windy but dry. It was our 65th annual show and we are delighted it’s still going strong and is so well supported.

“Our next event will be our stockjudging at Swans market in Newtown St Boswells in February.”

The reserve went to a Blackface ewe shown by shepherd James Brady of Burncastle Farming, Lauder.

The reserve multibreed was a half -bred gimmer shown by Hamish Anderson, while the reserve Blackface was a ewe lamb from Andrew Bell, Tollishill, Lauder.

The Greyface champion was a ewe from the flock of J W Fullerton, Corsbie, Earlston, with the reserve going to a ewe lamb of Professor Penny’s of Craigswindshiel, Duns.

The Blueface Leicester champion’s ticket went to Bill Hedley, Corsbie, Earlston, for a shearling and the reserve was taken by a ewe lamb from Professor Penny’s flock at Bothwell, Duns.

Father and son team, Jimmy and Graeme Sinclair, Crookston, Heriot, won the prime lamb championship, with Robert Rennie, Sydenham, Kelso, taking reserve.

The pet show was won by Kirsty Stevenson, with Freda the Jack Russell – photographed on page 44.

At the Holm Show in Newcastleton, Miss Z Hall of Deadwater, Newcastleton, won the overall sheep championship with her Blueface Leicester champion. The reserve went to Gordon Jackson, Blackburn, Newcastleton, with his Blackface champion, while the most points for any shepherd under 25 went to Miss Hall and the cup for the champion overall Cheviot or Blackface went to Willie Nixon of Raltonside, Newcastleton.

Livestock secretary Jenny Nixon said: “The weather was great. Sponsorship of the catalogue, adverts, ringside banners, trade stands, and the craft tent were up and busy. Entries were up too, just short of 1,800 overall, with the industrial side up over 500 entries and livestock by more than 80.

“The flower tent was especially amazing, the baking was outstanding and the industrial excellent. And the entertainment side of things was brilliant.”

Other sheep results: South Country Cheviot champion - Tom Elliot, Hindhope, Jedburgh, reserve – M Little, Potholm, Langholm, shepherds’ cup - Craig Weir, Mainside, Hownam; Blackface – Gordon Jackson, reserve, Gordon Jackson, shepherds’ cup – Willie Nixon; Grayface - J Nicholson, Old Police Station, Roadhead, reserve – T Davidson, Bellmount, Irthington; Blueface Leicesters – Miss Z Hall; Hill North Country Cheviots (undressed) – D Nixon, Sorbietrees, Newcastleton; best male - Craig Weir; Continental sheep – A Little, Hollands, Penton; reserve, G McGimpsey of D’Mainholm, Newcastleton; Prime lambs – BD and MS Hope, Albierigg, Canonbie, reserve – B.D. and M.S. Hope; Young handlers – Evelyn Armstrong, Moorhouse; youngest – S Nichol, Lawston, Newcastleton.

At Moffat, the Black Bull Cup for the best shepherds’ group of hill cheviots went to John Allan, shepherd at Mountbenger, Yarrow. Alan McClymont of Kirkstead, Yarrow won the Blueface Leicester championship, along with the best male and best female trophies. Jock and Scott Davis of North Synton, Ashkirk, Selkirk, won the North Country Cheviots male championship. And Patrick and Dorinda Fontana of Honeysuckle Cottage, Kailzie, Peebles, won best in show with a German Langshan Bantam Cockerel.

Show secretary Hazel Crichton said: “The weather was kind, remaining dry in the morning for the judging and warm sunshine appearing in the afternoon for the entertainment, parade and presentation of trophies.“Overall entries in the sheep classes had increased this year and many people came to view the magnificent exhibits in a huge variety of animals, trade stands, craft and home industries tents.”