Sun shines on Tiree show

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Sunshine brought out crowds of visitors and islanders for Tiree’s annual agricultural show.

The calibre of entries to the individual sections were high with lots of participation from all generations.

Alastair and Iain MacInnes, of Ruaig Farm, swept the boards in the cattle sections, before their British Blue heifer calf, Ruaig Noell (ET) was awarded with the Supreme Championship.

The all black, November-born British Blue heifer calf sired by Forouk and out of Pendle Knock Em Out, also took home Champion Pure Bred Cattle, Overall Cattle Champion and then finally the strongly contested Supreme Champion of Champions of all livestock sections.

The MacInneses also took home the rosette for Reserve Champion pure bred with Ruaig Northern Star (ET) by Pendle Knock Em Out and sired by Tenace.

Sheep judges Archie MacColl from Lismore and David Ralston from Campbeltown awarded Ettie MacDonald from Roadside the Supreme Sheep title for his three shear Bluefaced Leicester tup, who was purchased as a tup lamb from the Turners at Kildalloig, Campbeltown. The tup also went on to stand Reserve Overall in the Champion of Champions.

The Crofters’ Shield was won by Sandra Brown from Balevullin and Ruairidh MacDonald, from Roadside, cleared the trophy shelf in the Young Stockperson category again this year.

For the fourth year, Jan Paterson’s impressive 13-year-old Friesian mare, Tallina Fan ‘T Sùdein, took the supreme title in the horse and pony section.

Ross MacLennan took home the MacPhail Shield for Champion Tractor at the show, with his  pre-1960s machine.

And in the pet section, Jenna MacArthur and Max took home the MacDonald Langley Quaich for the best Golden Oldie Dog, and The Hadley Shield for the Champion Pet at Show was won by Poppy Cox and her dog Aspen.

Numbers were up in poultry section, with the Main Road Farm Cup for Poultry Champion being awarded to Fiona MacKinnon of Kirkapol.

Sheila Neill took home a handful of trophies in the home industries sections, including The Tiree Agricultural Society Cup for most points in handycraft section, a special prize for best exhibit in handycraft section and The Lady Peggy Hoare Salver.

In the children’s section,  Sorley Wright was awarded the Tiree Agricultural Society Cup for most points for pre-school children, while Kerris Colthart for the 5-7 year group.

Kirsten MacKinnon, Anya Wright and Aiden Hynes, won jointly the Tiree Agricultural Society Cup for the most points for children aged 8-11, and Abby MacDowell took home the MacDonald Memorial Cup for her age group.

After the prize-giving, the Omand Motors Shield was awarded to Gavin Omand for Tossing the Sheaf.

Zorb balls were a new fun attraction for this year’s show with the return of familiar faces Tiree Pipe Band and Roni’s Chainsaw Art. Roni donated the pieces he created during the day to the Agricultural Society’s auction.

The tea tent was run by Curam Thiriodh, and volunteers worked tirelessly
all day providing attendees with delicious home baking, and rolls filled with local produce, raising more than £1,500.

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