Home victory for MacGillivrays at Dalmally Show

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Historically the last, and quite possibly the largest, show on the Argyll calendar, Dalmally Agricultural Show, took place under blue skies on Saturday.

Having been threatened with cancellation, because of persistent downpours earlier in the week, the event was an unequivocal success with folk coming from near and far to enjoy all the day had to offer.

Whether it was the livestock, horticultural, baking and art exhibits, the pipe band playing, falconry displays or stick making, there was plenty on offer.

For the children there was a tent of entertainment to explore, while bouncy castles and fun-fair styled stalls around the field gave plenty of options outdoors.

Dalmally Agricultural Society president Marjory Walker said: ‘I’m so happy we made the decision to go ahead with this year’s show.

‘It was fantastic to see everyone smiling in the sunshine and enjoying everything Dalmally Agricultural Show has to offer.

‘A huge thank you to all our volunteers, competitors, sponsors, stall-holders and everyone who came along to support this year’s Dalmally Show. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.’

Rounding off a spectacular show season, the MacGillivrays of Home Farm Barcaldine took the coveted overall cattle title for the second successive year, this time with their Orkney-born heifer Creran Oban Lass.

‘It’s been a good year for us this year,’ said Ewen MacGillivray junior.

‘We only have a small herd so to win the overall champion at Dalmally for the second year in row is great.’

Champion Highland and Reserve Champion went to Capleadh Buidhebeg IV of Claddich, owned by Jon and Queenie Strickland.

In the indoor ring, the Blackface sheep section was once again hotly contested with a home-bred gimmer from Lochgoilhead farmers Davie and Jock Jackson winning.

A Cheviot gimmer from Mull, was awarded the any other breed championship for Iain McKay of Torloisk.

In the poultry tent, it was the Paterson family of South Ailey Farm, Cove, who were all of a flutter when their six-month-old Bantam Silkie, named Flower Daisy by four-year-old Aila, won the overall title.

‘We won the trophy last year with our White Pekin and thought she might do it again,’ said breeder Lauren Paterson who was ably assisted on the day by daughters Aila and Morag, aged 2.

‘We were totally suprised when the Silkie got it. Really pleased though and the girls are delighted.’

Another star of the show belonged to Stephanie Summers whose two and a half year old lurcher Blue was crowned Best in Show in the dog section.

‘I was so happy Blue had won the ‘any other large dog’ section, so to have won the overall title as well is amazing,’ said Stephanie.

‘He is a rescue dog and has an amazing temperament so I’m really glad for him.’

A full list of results will be available online.