Top-quality Simmentals set to go the distance for Peebles show

Peebles Agricultural Society will host the Scottish National Simmental Show, featuring cattle from all over Scotland and northern England, on August 13 at Hay Lodge Park.

The event has attracted around 85 entries, including the Ayr and Royal Highland show champions. Even the Simmental judge has travelled far, Gethin Lloyd coming all the way from Wales.

Other judges also bring an international flavour – with the Texels being judged by another Welshman, while local resident Ron Rozee, originally from the Falkland Islands, will officiate as the wool judge. Archie Hamilton of Longtown Market judges the Prime Lamb Section. Judging the Champion of Champions will be former NFU president and largest sheep farmer in Europe, John Cameron of Balbuthie, Leven. Local MP David Mundell will place the fancy dress competition.

Elsewhere in the show field, the strong sheep section (second only to the Royal Highland), where 800 animals will be on display, exhibitors are to come from far and wide, including Weston–Super-Mare. The society has even attracted Blackface sheep from Wales.

The education tent has taken the theme of pig production with guest local puppeteer Poppy Browne premiering her version of the Three Little Pigs.

The dog show starts at 11am, with the children’s pet competition getting under way at 3pm.

These events can be entered on the day.

The craft tent continues to attract a wide variety of exhibits with the SWRI ladies demonstrating baking and craftwork. Other highlights include music from St Ronan’s Silver Band and a prize draw. Following the main ring judging, the award-winning Battling Cumberland Giants and 7Stanes Mountain Bike Display Team will demonstrate their talents.

Cars are to be parked, for free, at South Park, with a short walk over Fotheringham Bridge to the show.