Friday 5 August 2022
Staged at Black Isle Show, the Scottish National Show saw Studdolph 1 Barbie 754 from Calum Smith and Anna Wilson, Adersier, Inverness move to the fore, as directed by judge Robert Grierson, Dalbeattie, the former stockman at Chapleton Herefords of the Biggar family, Dumfriesshire.
Having started its life in Pembrokeshire with breeders TG, EI and EN Thorne, this heifer was purchased privately by the young couple in October 2020 as a six month calf to join their 25 female Milovaig herd. By stock bull Lowesmoor 1 Nasser, it is out of a Studdolph-bred female, and stood reserve supreme champion at last year’s National Poll Show.
In reserve was Harveybros 1 Va-Va-Voom from Balfon’s George and Sophie Harvey, having also stood reserve supreme and junior champion at the Great Yorkshire and junior male and reserve male champion at the Royal Welsh. Born in March 2021, it is by Normanton 1 Laertes and out of Harveybros 1 Crocus E2 from the only female line at the Harvey’s stable, which goes back to Panmure’s Crocus family.
Joining its stablemate to stand reserve in the female championship was Milovaig 1 Lady Anna, another from Calum Smith and Anna Wilson. By Shraden 1 Perestroika, a grand sire of SMH Euro 30E, it is out of a Fisher 1 Ensign E254 daughter and was reserve female and junior champion at the Royal Highland.
Reserve male champion was selected as Bennachie 1 Vinny from Ian Skea, Dalriach, Aberdeenshire. January 2021-born, it is by Bennachie Rex and out of Bennachie 1 Gaylass 2nd and also stood senior male champion.
Reserve junior male champion was Milovaig 1 Vindicator, again for Calum Smith and Anna Wilson. Born in May 2021, it is by Shraden 1 Perestroika and out of Milovaig 1 Bonnie Belle 6th.
Reserve junior female champion was Craigdhu 1 Morag Una from Scottish Hereford Breeders Association secretary Margaret Galbraith, Sandilands, Lanarkshire. A daughter of AI sire Kinglee 1 Hero, it is out of a home-bred Normaton 1 Laertes daughter, bred from the Jane family at Romany.
Harveybros 1 Crocus Tiara from George and Sophie Harvey took the reserve female championship. By Normanton 1 Laertes which has served the Harveybros herd well, its home-bred dam is a Venture Night Time 7055 daughter.
Elsewhere in the classes, August 2021-born Bennachie 1 Wizard from Ian Skea took the junior bull class. A son of Solpoll 1 Lawman, it is out of a home-bred female.
Jimmy Hodge, Berwickshire took the red ticket with September 2021-born Fellowhills 1 FR Dawn. A son of AI sire Fabb 1 Royce, it is out of Romany 1 Dawn K956 P54, which itself is sired by Fardre 1 HI Hidalgo K956.
Fifth calver Harveybros 1 Crocus N1 from George and Sophie Harvey lead the senior cow class, with its March-born Wirruna Matty M288 sired bull calf at-foot. With the Harveys out in force for the National Show, the family took the best group of three as well as the pair.