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SHOW SCENE TITLE STAYS NORTH OF THE BORDER THE WEATHERUPS ENSURE John Gribbon reports from Edinburgh on the Royal Highland Show

he Royal Highland has gained popularity as one of the major shows to visit and a large crowd was watching the outcome of the Holstein classes. The atmosphere down the lines was its usual high and the man in charge was John Cousar, himself a native and this year taking a rest from his usual job of head steward.


First class of the day was for maiden heifers and, with the ringside packed, the Weatherup family led the way with Lesmay Atlas Bella, admired by John Cousar for her strength of front end and depth of body. Coming in second place was the Redrose Syndicate with Willsbro Redrose who was preferred for her dairy qualities and locomotion over another from the Weatherups.

Winner of the in calf heifers was Newabbey Jasper Dellia from the Bunting family, praised for her style and body quality by our judge.

The Cow in calf class was led by Donald Laird with Cauldcoats Aaron Camilla, praised by our judge for her excellent udder and number of calves over the younger cow, Ingleview Zenith Dolly from the Butterfi eld’s. Heifers in milk were split into junior and senior and leading the way in the juniors were new exhibitors having a great show season, the Templeton’s of Mauchline with Shottle Kim. Judge John Cousar gave her the advantage because she looked like a young heifer with a high udder and good teat placing. Runner up was David Yates with Woodmarsh Shottle Zandra 6, who was cleaner in the hock and better in the front teats than the Weatherup’s Ridgefi eld Lucky Page. Senior section was led by the now well known Parkend Jacob Betsy, carrying on her unbeaten run as a heifer from the Weatherups. “An outstanding heifer, long dairy and excellent udder”, were judge Cousar’s comments. Runner up this time was Logan Mr Sam Gail who had the advantage in rear udder over Drointon Garrison Edna from the usually strong team from Andrew Wilson.

Junior Champion and Reserve went to the two senior heifers, a decision our judge told the packed ringside was easy. First cow class of the day proved to be the most diffi cult class for our judge to place and after long deliberation, and a few changes, he fi nally led with another from the Templeton’s of Doonvalley, telling the ringside it was the rear udder and tail setting which gave Goldwyn Lulu a slight advantage over his second place cow. This was Weeton Aaron Mistress from Andrew Wilson, who was cleaner and more dairy than the freshly calved Logan Mr Sam Hope from Brian Yates. Cow having had three calves was led by Agriscot winner Saxelby Golden

Rose from English raiders the Butterfi elds, and she looked in great form after only being calved 10 days. Preferred for her udder and dairy qualities, she led the way from Logan Silky Barb who gained the advantage in her body over Inch Sam Ivory.


ABOVE Brian Weatherup’s Parkend Jacob Betsy followed her success at the National All Breeds Show, where she was Heifer In Milk Champion, by taking the Royal Highland Championship.

Senior cows were led by David Yates with Meiklefi rth Empire Babs, a great cow but unfortunately taken ill a few days before and so did not look her best. Great credit must go to David Yates for taking Babs into the ring as without her the Holsteins would not have been able to fi eld a team in the Interbreed, as she was the only senior cow. No Royal Highland Show would be the same without the

next exhibitor, and the 10,000 kilo class was won by the Davidson’s of Errolston with homebred Jackman Sarah. At Championship time, the ringside waited expectantly for John Cousar’s decision, with one of the early favourites not on top form. His told the ringside he was making the animal with the least faults Champion and tapped forward his heifer, Parkend Jacob Betsy from a delighted Brian Weatherup and family. Reserve went to English raiders the Butterfi elds with Saxelby Goldwyn Rose, who will surely go on to greater things. Honourable Mention went to David Yates with Empire Babs, who was surely the most unlucky cow at the show. It was a great show with a fantastic turn out of ringside spectators to watch an entry of fewer animals than the show deserves.

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