Scottish Club Herd and Points competition 2018

Thanks to our members and friends from south of the border and across the water, who came along to the Scottish Club’s ‘Social and Prize-giving’ on Sunday night and made it such a success. After an excellent hot buffet, Brenda Wear gave us an excellent resume of her Scottish experience and presented the prizes for the Club’s ‘Summer Points’ competition and our second ever Herd Competition.

The points competition was, as last year, with the addition of Turriff Show in 2018 (also Ayr, Fife, Dumfries, Perth, Stirling, Orkney, Granton-on-Spey and the Black Isle). Points are given for classes but not championships or calves. The Scottish Club sponsored the competition this year. Smallburn Farms Ltd, Mayne Farm, Aberdeen were the winners with Jack and Grace Ramsay the runners up.

The 2018 Scottish Club Herd competition results are as follows:

 

Cow with calf at foot

1st Glenisla Sally Broadhooks 866 - Major and Catriona Gibb (Glenisla)
2nd Rosewood Rosie 12th - Stuart Macadie (Skaillhouse)
3rd Chapelton Duchess 2403 - Messrs James Biggar (Chapelton)

Best stock bull

1st Knockenjig Glenfiddich - G and M Smith (Drumsleed)
2nd Fearn Josh - Pamela Nicol (Doldy)
3rd Glenisla Guardsman 11 - Carey Coombs (Dunsyre)

Heifer in calf or with calf at foot, born 2016

1st Skaillhouse Rosewood Rosie 14th - Stuart Macadie (Skaillhouse)
2nd Glenisla Foxglove Tansy 1153 - J and C Gibb (Glenisla)
3rd Cairnsmore Kacie Gloise - B and J Landers (Cairnsmore)

2017 Heifer

1st Dunsyre Magic 20th - Carey Coombs (Dunsyre)
2nd Smallburn Lily - D and A Anderson (Smallburn)
3rd Grandtullybrae Trixy L633 - S Calder (Grandtullybraes)

Registered bull born in 2017

1st Dunsyre Lanark - Carey Coombs (Dunsyre)
2nd Skaillhouse Lightening - Stuart Macadie (Skaillhouse)
3rd Cairnsmore Landmark - B and J Landers (Cairnsmore)

2018 born heifer calf

1st Glenisla Desiree M1337 - J and C Gibb (Glenisla)
2nd Harrietsfield Majestic - J and J Anderson (Harrietsfield)
3rd Mountbenger Marion - George Irving (Mountbenger)

2018 born bull calf

1st Glenisla Maestro - J and C Gibb (Glenisla)
2nd Shawhill Maestro - Thomson, Roddick & Laurie (Shawhill)
3rd Skaillhouse 600473 from Stuart Macadie (Skaillhouse)

Herds Results

Small
1st D and A Anderson, Smallburn Farms (Smallburn)
2nd Lady Sally Nairn, Strathardle, Blairgowrie (Balnabroich)
3rd Cathryn Williamson, Balnespick Farm, Kincraig, Inverness (Balnespick)

Medium
1st Stuart Macadie, Thurso (Skaillhouse)
2nd James Frame, Little Galla, Weston (Galla)
3rd George Irving, Selkirk (Mountbenger)

Large

1st Major and Catriona Gibb (Glenisla)
2nd Carey Coombs, Carnwath (Dunsyre)
3rd Bill Jane and Bobby Landers (Cairnsmore)

Overall Winner
Major and Catriona Gibb (Glenisla)

Congratulations to all the prize winners and thanks to all the herds who took part. Also, a huge thank you to Brenda Wear (Redhill Shorthorns) and her friends for undertaking this huge task – although on listening to Brenda’s appraisal of her trip, she would do it all again tomorrow but it has to be said the weather was amazingly kind!

To quote Brenda, “I was looking for working stock able to maintain flesh throughout the winter and dry summer. A balanced herd with breed characteristics and type throughout with functional cows, good feet and milky udders, with young stock maintaining depth and consistent quality throughout, with the herd able to make the most of the farm resources available. We visited hill and lowland, clay and sand, traditional, organic and modern beef systems. If land and management allow, stock was being out wintered and heifers calved at two years, but this does not suit all farm systems, but the Beef Shorthorn seems most able to adapt to all farm types. The younger generations of both cattle and humans, all full of enthusiasm, impressed me most and, like all Shorthorn cattle, I found that forage is most important.”