Borders winners at Northumberland County Show

SELKIRK farmers Gordon and David Gray didn’t take the Texel championship for the third year in a row at Monday’s Northumberland Country Show in Corbridge.

But they did pick up the reserve ticket in the breed and scoop the overall group shee interbreed title with three lambs.

They also won five of the six breed classes at the show: “We had a really good day, “ said David.

The reserve was an embryo transplant ewe lamb, sired by the top price £46,000 Texel tup last year, Foyle View Superstar and out of one of the best ewes in the Gray’s Ettrick flock at Sunnycroft, Lindean.

David said: “She handles really well and she’s got tremendous character. “

Meanwhile the father and son team are getting ready to host a visit from about 40 enthusiasts in a Welsh Texel club next Saturday.

Staying with Texels, M S Hardy-Bishop of Grey Peel, Lintalee Estate, Jedburgh won the male champion championship.

Otherwise D Laing, Oxmuir, Greenlaw won the best opposite sex to the champion Suffolk

Flying the flag for cattle in the region were Steve and Kay Darnbrook of Cleughside, Bailey, Newcastleton taking the Dexters breed championship with the three year old Planetress Nephele and winning two heifer classes.

Down the British Blues lines Sharplaw Farms, Hownam, Kelso took the reserve male champion ticket with Sharplaw Gamble while Brailes Livestock of Deanfoot, Hawick won the reserve championship and reserve female championship in the any other continental beef breed section with Loganbar Espresso. Blonde d’Aquitaine breeders George and Avril Hamilton at Ramrig, Duns won the reserve male championship in the same section with their Blonde bull Ramrig Gladiator.

In the native beef breeds, Whittaker and Co Farms, c/o Stickle Heaton Farms, Cornhill on Tweed took the female and reserve female championships with the heifter Haughton Laura and cow Flodden Princess Millie respectively, with Haughton Laura taking the breed champion ticket. Albert De Cogan, also of Stickle Heaton Farm, Cornhill scooped the male championship with the three-year-old bull Rosemead Karona which went on to take the reserve breed ticket. Reserve male champion was the young one-year-old bull, Caldwell Poser from Whittaker and Co Farms.

Along at the Herefords, father and son team Ron and Robert Wilson at Cowbog Farm, Morebattle, Kelso had a good day, winning the breed championship with Romany 1 Heavy Duty, their two-year-old bull and taking the reserve with the four-year-old cow Romany 1 Lucy. Reserve male champion to the Wilsons was Spurstow 1 Lancelot, a one-year-old bull from Whittaker and Co Farms and reserve female champion was won by the same outfit, with the two-year-old cow Romany 1 Ishbel.