Highlanders show at historic Oban cattle sale despite the weather

A delighted Emily Armstrong, from Tiree, who was the winner of the overall young handler competition. NO_T07_HighlandCattleShow04_Photograph-Kevin-McGlynn
A delighted Emily Armstrong, from Tiree, who was the winner of the overall young handler competition. NO_T07_HighlandCattleShow04_Photograph-Kevin-McGlynn

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Sunday was an historic day for the Dalmally-based Cladich fold, which won the overall male championship at the Highland Cattle Society 129th Spring Show and Sale in Oban.

This was the first time Cladich has won this particular category in its history, dating back to 1882.

A large crowd made its way to the Oban centre, despite Storm Ciara trying to throw a spanner in the works with ferry cancellations.

The show took place on Sunday February 9, with the sale taking place on Monday.

The overall male champion was K2 of Cladich, a two-year-old bull from Cladich. Handler Stuart Campbell, who has worked at the farm for nine years, said it was ‘tremendous’ to win the overall male champion.

Speaking to The Oban Times, he added: ‘This is what you aim for. When you start out in the career, you aim for a champion bull at Oban.

‘It is our first time winning the overall male – we have been in the breed since 1882.’

Mr Campbell dedicated the win to Cladich’s owners, Queenie and Jon Strickland.

‘They put so much into Cladich,’ he added. ‘It is good to give a reward back to them,’ he said.

The bull, which was also the two-year-old champion, sold for 6,500 gns.

The overall female champion was three-year-old heifer Diorbhail Dhubh 3 of Craigowmill from Ken and Eva Brown’s Craigowmill fold at Ledlanet, Kinross.

The cattle was brought out by Malcolm MacNaughton and sold for 5,000 on Monday.

The biggest sale of the day went to Mr & Mrs AA MacDonald Ardbhan Kyles, Bayhead, North Uist. Their senior bull sold for 6,800 gns.

The overall winner of the young handler competition went to Emily Armstrong from Balemartine Fold,  Tiree.

In conjunction with the Royal Highland Society and the Highland Cattle Society, Emily will now front the parade of animals on the first day of the Royal Highland Show, carrying the Highland Cattle Banner.

Emily was encouraged by her late dad Mark Armstrong to keep Highlanders and with his passing Emily, her mum Fiona, and her wee sister Eva have kept the Balemartine Fold going, making the long journey from Tiree to Oban to show and sell.

Although Ciara has scuppered the Armstrong’s plans of getting home within the next couple of days – it will give the young handler some extra time to celebrate her win.

See below for a full list of results:


Two-year-old bulls 

Class 1 – 1, best two-year-old bull and male champion, Mrs Jon H Strickland’s K2 of Cladich; 2, Andrew Clotworthy’s Jock of Inveralton; 3, Michael Poland’s Donnachadh Ruadh 4 of Mottistone

Class 2 – 1, Michael and Sally Nairn’s Hector of Balnabroich; 2, Glengorm’s Diplomat 2 of Glengorm; 3, Emma Paterson’s Commander of Benmore

Class 3 – 1 and reserve two-year-old bull, KWW and EM Brown’s Brogach 5 of Craigowmill; 2, J and M McConachie and Son’s Brodie 2 of Culfoich; 3, Glengorm’s Jackson of Glengorm

Class 4 – 1, Alan C Prentice’s Maximus of Hyndford; 2, Mr and Mrs JS McKenchie’s Harry 2 of Gartocharn; 3, E Mackay’s Archie of Glengoyne.

Senior bulls 

Class 5 – 1, best senior bull and reserve male championship, Connie Lawrie’s Blizzard of Lagg; 2 and reserve senior bull, Connie Lawrie’s Major of Lagg; 3, Mr and Mrs AA MacDonald’s Muran Vallay of Ardbhan

Aged bulls 

Class 6 – 1 and best aged bull, K Howman’s Balach Dubh of Craigowmill; 2, The Burns family’s Donal 2 of Culfoich; 3, Caroline Cuthbertson’s Eoin Mhor 23 of Mottistone.

Yearling bulls 

Class 7 – 1 and best yearling bull, Hamish ET Irvine’s 600346 of Craigluscar Farm; 2, 700347 of Craigluscar Farm; 3, Mr and Mrs S Haley’s 100046 of Seam.

Class 8 – 1 and reserve yearling bull, Karen and Michael Macgregor’s 300124 of Eilean Mor; 2, The Chedley Fold’s 700033 of Chedley; 3, D Buchanan’s 500820 of Shenavallie.

Senior heifers 

Class 9 – 1, best senior heifer and female champion, KWW and EM Brown’s Diorbhail Dhubh 3 of Craigowmill; 2 and reserve senior heifer, Glasgow City Council’s Lady Gheal 1 of Pollok; 3, Woodneuk Farm’s Ruthaig 5 of Woodneuk.

Three-year-old heifers 

Class 10 – 1, best three-year-old heifer and reserve female champion, Michael and Sally Nairn’s Sidonia 7 of Balnabroich; 2, Michael Poland’s Lynn 8 of Mottistone; 3, Michael and Sally Nairn’s Iseabel 3 of Balnabroich.

Class 11 – 1, Woodneuk Farm’s Anabladh 12 of Woodneuk; 2, Woodneuk Farm’s Bachy 45 of Woodneuk; 3, Andrew MacPhee’s Melony of Achterneed.

Class 12 – 1 and reserve three-year-old heifer, KWW and EM Brown’s Dossan OG 18 of Craigowmill; Killochries Fold’s Baravalla Mina Calum of Killochries; 3, Glasgow City Council’s Barabel 13 of Pollok.

Two-year-old heifer 

Class 13 – 1 and best two-year-old, Ron MacLean’s Caitin of Corntown; 2 and reserve two-year-old, Mortimers Farm’s Maude of Mortimers; 3, Glasgow City Council’s Janice 37 of Pollok.

Yearling heifers 

Class 14 – 1 and best yearling heifer, The Chedley Fold’s Isabella Zoe of Chedley; 2, Mortimers Farm’s Ina of Mortimers; 3, Mortimers Farm’s Mojito of Mortimers.

Class 15 – 1 and reserve yearling heifer, Leys Castle’s Marsili Dubh 2 of Leys; 2, Killochries Fold’s Nighean Tearlach 2 of Killochries; 3, Killochries Fold’s Liusaigh Uilleam of Killochries.

Class 16 – 1, KWW and EM Brown’s Una Dhubh 19 of Craigowmill; 2, Mr and Mrs AA MacDonald’s Claudia Ghrinn of Ardbhan; 3, Killochries Fold’s Seonaid Tearlach 3 of Killochries.

Class 17 – 1, The Chedley Fold’s Clara Zoe of Chedley; 2, Mr and Mrs AA MacDonald’s Uiseag Anasach Bhalaigh of Ardbhan; 3, Douglas and Hilary Crane’s Lady White 7 of Gray Brae.

Young handlers 

Aged 13 years and under

1 – Joanna Greaves

2, Sophie Adams

3, Kate Cameron

Aged 14 to 18 years 

1 and champion young handler – Emily Armstrong

2, Alan Cameron

3, Anna Davies

Best pair of females 

1, Michael and Sally Nairn’s Iseabel 3 of Balnabroich and Sidonia 7 of Balnabroich.