Sun shines for Angus show

The organisers of this year’s Angus Show could not have hoped for better weather, with Friday and Saturday bathed in sunshine.

Despite the initial disappointment that there would be no horse classes this year at the Brechin showground due to the contagious equine disease, Strangles, the event more than pulled in the crowds with Saturday’s car park being full to overflowing.

In the showground cattle judge Archie MacGregor selected Drumsleed Tabytha, a six 1/2 year old Simmental cow from Gerald and Morag Smith and their son Douglas, Drumsleed, Fordoun, as the supreme champion. The reserve overall champion was the Charolais heifer Glenericht Gem from Peter and Allen Drysdale, Middle Drimmine, Blairgowrie.

In the dairy section the Alstons of Drumchapel Holstein herd collected the group of three, the pairs and the best bred by exhibitor tickets for chairman Allan Alston, Chapelton of Menmuir, Brechin. He also won the overall championship with second-calver Drumchapel Phil Witney.

The overall sheep champion was a home-bred Suffolk gimmer from Graham Christie, Newton of Balquhain, Inverurie with the reserve being the Beltex gimmer, Kingledores Rascal, shown by the Angus-based Rascal Consortium of Stewart Wood, Graham and Fiona Burke, Allan Alston and Brian Wylie.

This year there was one Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland long-service medal award. It was made to Ian Torrie who was recognised for 40 years employment. He worked as a tractorman for 20 years with Alan Grant, Mains of Auchmithie, Arbroath and then as tractorman for 20 years with the Brunton family at Mains of Auchmithie and Crudieacres, also Arbroath.