Cowal flock claims supreme at Textravaganza

Keith, Alan and Roy Campbell, Argyll, continued their winning form when an aged ewe from their Cowal flock took the championship at the Texel Sheep Society's Farmers Guardian supported 50th anniversary Textravaganza National Show at Borderway Mart, Carlisle

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Supreme champion an aged ewe from Cowal flock
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Supreme champion an aged ewe from Cowal flock

Having already claimed the Royal Highland Show championship this year, this two-crop ewe  by the 65,000gns Lanark purchase from 2020, Hexel Django, is out of a dam by Teiglum Charmer.

Its previous show career success includes being breed champion at the Royal Welsh as a gimmer in 2022 and reserve champion at the Great Yorkshire in the same year.

Having taken the female championship under judge, Robert Cockburn, Knap, the ewe was then tapped out as overall champion by both Robert and the judge from the day's male classes, Jennifer Aiken, Coniston.
Mr Cockburn said: "She is a great working ewe, full of breed character with a great top and carcase.

"She is superbly correct and has great balance throughout. I loved her when I judged her as a gimmer at the Royal Welsh and she's matured into a great ewe."

Claimng the male championship and the reserve overall champion was the winner of the open ram lamb class, Allanfauld Highland King by 20,000gns Sportsmans Grand Slam out of a Clayburny Dunkirk sired ewe, from Archie and John MacGregor and family's Allanfauld flock, Kilsyth.

Allanfauld Highland King

Mrs Aiken said the ram lamb had a great carcase and carriage, with a superb shoulder and gigot to him."

The MacGregors also took the reserve female championship with their first prize gimmer by 22,000gns Plasucha Fireball out of a Sportsmans-bred dam by Garngour Craftsman.

Allanfauld shearling ewe

The reserve male championship honours went to the winner of the Youth Development Programme (YDP) ram lamb class from James Porter's Saltcotes flock, Penrith.  It was by Hexel Geronimo II and out of a dam by Craig Douglas Dancer.

YDP ram lamb winner from Saltcotes flock

Taking the red ticket in the aged ram class was Society Spotlight Award winner Ewan MacTaggart, Castle Douglas, with Allanfauld Firecracker. This son of Claybury Dunkirk is out of a dam by a Knock sire.

Allanfauld Firecracker from Ewan MacTaggart

Sandy Hunter, Wedderburn, took top spot in the shearling rams with Wedderburn Gucci, a Claybury Dunkirk son out of a Westburnhouse-bred dam by Deveronvale Aftershock.

Shearling ram winner Wedderburn Gucci

The Sportsmans flock of Messrs Boden and Davies, Stockport, led the way in the texelplus ram lamb class with a Castlecairn Doodlebug son out of a dam by Garngour Craftsman.

Ewe lamb winner from Haddo flock

The YDP shearling ewe class winner was another from James Porter by Hexel Freaky Blinder and out of a dam by Hilltop Escobar.

The ewe lambs saw vitory for another lamb by Sportmans Grand Slam, this time from the Knox family's Haddo flock, Turriff.

The MacGregor family then took top spot in the group of three class.

The YDP young handlers championship headed back to Aberdeenshire with Logan Knox, Haddo, while reserve went to Matthew MacGregor, Allanfauld.

Class Results

Aged rams

1 - Ewan MacTaggart's Allanfauld Firecracker

2 - Keith and Andrew Campbell's Haymount Foremost

 Shearling rams
1 - Sandy Hunter's Wedderburn Gucci

2 - D G and N Williams' Caron Gladiator II

3 - Steven Renwick's XSR2330243

4 - Evan Turner's Procters Gin and Tonic

5 - D G and N Williams' WLT2301438

Open ram lambs

1 - Messrs MacGregor's Allanfauld Highland King

2 - Sandy Hunter's HEW2409770

3 - Boden and Davies' BGS2407382

4 - David McKerrow's DMK2400067

5 - B, R and D Lowe's XLX2400067

Texelplus ram Lambs

1 - Boden and Davies' BGS2407208

2 - Messrs MacGregor's XMM2427829

3 - K and A Campbell's KOB2416775

4 - K, A and R Campbell's CKC2415597

5 - D McKerrow's DMN2400638

YDP ram lambs

1 - James Porter's Saltcotes H2

2 - Craig Campbell's CZH2400006

3 - Ewan MacTaggart's MTR2401608

4 - Harry Grifffies's GHY2400301

 Aged ewes

1 - K, A and R Campbell's CKC2113649

2 - Steven Renwick's XSR2125545

3 - Messrs MacGregor's XMM219383

4- Messrs Knox's KWJ2002083

5 - Messrs MacGregor's XMM2121433

 Open shearling ewes

1 - Messers MacGregor's XMM2325725

2 - Boden and Davies' BGS2306772

3 - K, A and R Campbell's CKC2315047

4 - James Theyer's THE2301434

5 - Boden and Davies' BGS2306423

 YDP shearling ewes

1 - James Porter's PTJ2300137

2 - Ewan MacTaggart's MTR2301479

3 - Harry Griffies' GHY2300242

4 - James Porter's PTJ2300147

5 - Craig Campbell's CZH2315172

 Ewe lambs

1 - W J Knox's KWJ2403071

2 - Boden and Davies' BGS2407234

3 - Boden and Davies' BGS2407250

4 - Messrs MacGregor's XMM2427866

5 - Andrew Clark's CFT2401622

 Group of three

1 - Messrs MacGregor, Allanfauld.

2 - Boden and Davies, Sportsmans

3 - K, A and R Campbell, Cowal

4 - Robert Laird, Cambwell

5 - James Porter, Saltcotes


Male champion

Messrs MacGregor's open ram lamb, Allanfauld Highland King

Reserve male champion

James Porter's YDP ram lamb Saltcotes H2

 Female champion

K, A & R Campbell's aged ewe CKC2113649

 Reserve female champion

Messrs MacGregor's gimmer XMM2325725

 Overall champion

K, A & R Campbell's aged ewe CKC2113649

 Reserve overall champion

Messrs MacGregor's open ram lamb, Allanfauld Highland King

 

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