More than 5,000 entries are forward for next month’s Royal Highland Show.
Charolais are the most numerous along the cattle lines with 133 expected, followed by the Limousins (113) and Highland cattle with 106 entered.
More than 20 breeds of sheep will be on show, including 250 Texels and 221 Beltex. At 1,800 they make up the show’s largest entry.
There are three new sections in for horses – Connemaras, re-trained racehorses and lead rein and first ridden show hunter ponies. Light horse entries overall are approaching 1,700, with mountain and moorland ponies under saddle leading the way with 194 entries.
Borderers will be showing and judging. Formerly of Roxburgh Mill, Robin Bellwill be judging sheep interbreed pairs. A previous Cheviot championship winner at the show, Tim Elliot of Hindhope Farm, Jedburgh will be casting his eye over the Cheviots. Regular winner Marion Leithead, Belvedere, Cavers, Hawick will be judging the Jacobs. Show trainer Caroline Nelson, Trows Cottage, Kelso is in charge of the under saddle conformation section of the mountain and moorland ponies judging and Berwick’s Donald MacPherson will be making the call among the commercial cattle.
The Highland Show runs June 21-24 at Ingliston, Edinburgh.