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By Hugh Boag
The sun shone on the 183rd Arran Farmers’ Society Show this year drawing big crowds to Glenkiln Farm in Lamlash to soak in all the atmosphere.
While the serious business of the judging of the cattle and sheep got underway under a dark sky and intermittent rain the clouds soon cleared and it was sunshine all the way. Sheep entries were up this year, with a number dyed for showing, while the cattle classes had around the same entry as last year.
The only sadness were that that there were no dairy cattle for the third time in four years and little chance of them ever returning.
The entertainment in the main ring this year was provided by Craigievern pig racing which proved a big draw and lots of amusement to see which pig finished first. A missed ferry saw the show arriving late, but they still managed their two displays.
Crowds poured in all day with organisers delighted with the turnout. Elsewhere the field was bursting with entertainment with the tractors getting a good run out this year and attracting a lot of interest, while the dog show had one of its biggest entries in years as the Highland dancers gave a fine display in their tent.
All the usual farming and business stalls and crafts were there and the ice cream and food outlets did a roaring trade.
Of course there was the business end of the day with the judging of the overhead champion and the prize giving in the main rink.
Overhead champion this year was the Texel ewe of N & D Henderson of Kilpatrick Farm, Kilpatrick. Reserve overhead champion was the Abderdeen Angus bull of D McKinnon of Hillhead Farm, Bennan and third was the two year old ewe with lamb of J K & C Bone, Glenkiln, Lamlash.
- See next week’s Banner for full results.