Blackface breeders turn out in force

Blackface judging at Newton Stewart Auction Mart with judge David Jackson from Argyll
Blackface judging at Newton Stewart Auction Mart with judge David Jackson from Argyll

The seventh annual spring show of blackface sheep from the Dumfries and Galloway branch of breeders was hailed an outstanding success by competitors and spectators alike.

This popular show was held on Thursday, March 6, in Newton Stewart Auction Mart, by permission of Craig Wilson Ltd. A packed audience of breed enthusiasts were treated to a fantastic show of sheep, with a record entry of 85 animals.

The judge for the evening was Davie Jackson, who runs the renowned Pole flock at Lochgoilhead. His champion on the night came from first-time exhibitors to this show, Jamie and Matthew Dunlop of Upper Wellwood, Muirkirk, with their winner of the bought tup hogg class.

This Auldhouseburn-bred tup is by Bolt and out of a ewe by £65,000 Auldhouseburn. He proved a popular champion with many as the stockjudging cards revealed. Owned in partnership with Greenside and with Auldhouseburn retaining a share, he was bought at Lanark in 2013 for £6000.

Reserve champion came in the form of a gimmer from JW Kay & Co, Gass, Straiton. She is by the £13,000 Elmscleugh and out of a ewe by £4000 Greenside and was shown in lamb to the £68,000 Elmscleugh.

Also this year, the Galloway branch of the Blackface Sheep Breeders’ Association introduced a new class to the line-up in the form of the juvenile handlers’ class. It proved very popular with eight young handlers taking part. The winner receiving a voucher for Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre was Fraser McTaggart with a ewe hogg. Winner of the very well supported stockjudging class was Isabel Kay of Knockeen, Girvan.


Class 1, Juvenille Handlers: 1. Fraser McTaggart, 2. Andrew McMillan, 3. Scott Coughrie, 4. Eilidh and Molly Duncan, 5. Ruari McTaggart, 6. Angus McClymont, 7. Ellie McClymont.

Class 2, Aged Tup: 1. Glen, Gatehouse, 2. Drannandow, 3. Drannandow, 4. Drannandow.

Class 3, Tup Hogg: 1. Upper Wellwood, 2. Glen, Gatehouse, 3. Balrazzie, 4. Craig, Straiton.

Class 4, Home Bred Tup Hogg: 1. Balrazzie, 2. Balrazzie, 3. Glen, Gatehouse, 4. Little Larg.

Class 5, Ewe: 1. Aitkenhead, 2. Milnmark, 3. Milnmark, 4. Gass.

Class 6, Gimmer: 1. Gass, 2. Glen, Gatehouse, 3. Marbrack, 4. Gass.

Class 7, Ewe Hogg: 1. Troloss, 2. Aitkenhead, 3. Troloss, 4. Criagnell.

Thanks go to the sponsors for all their support: MacTaggart Bros, Wallets Marts Castle Douglas, Scotmin Nutrition, MacMin Ltd (Bill Brown), Bill Hurcomb (Cattle and Sheep Scanner), A McCracken (ATV Services), Solway Agriculture (Robert Brydson), Grierson Brothers Butchers, Creebridge Veterinary Centre, Natural Stockcare, the Crown Hotel, Penkiln Sawmill, James Smith & Co Fencing Suppliers, Stewartry Vets, Harbro Feeds (Ian Galloway), J McEeown Electrical Contractors, McWilliams Haulage (Derek Thomson), Progressive Animal Services (Duncan Kennedy), Cree Valley Transport (Hugh Sherry), Tarff Valley Ltd, DS Baird, Alcaufar, Murray Farm Care, Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, Bank of Scotland, Carrs Billington Agriculture.