Winning place for Salen Show

Angus and Elsie MacDonald keeping an eye on sheep from Glengorm at Salen Show

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Mull’s Salen show returned to the farming calendar taking first prize for a great family day out, attracting competitors and spectators from near and far.

The Mull and Morvern Agricultural Society event attracted a good crowd after missing last year because of Covid.

It signalled a joyous return of  normality for those who came with livestock in the hope of taking rosettes home – and for those who just wanted to take in the happy sight with neighbours, friends and families.

Proceeds from show parking went towards Tobermory’s new Scout hut, on track to be built and open in time for Christmas.

Erain and Riean MacLeannan from Corry, Fishnish, with their show-class poultry
Robin Stanley-Wright and friend Catriona Cameron who entered the mountain and moorland class on horseback
George and Alfie Adams with Cu the dog at Salen Show
Fees from the show’s car park went towards Tobermory’s new Scout hut appeal
Ross Shaw and Asha Nelson from Glengorm getting ready for the sheep judging
Hard task in the judging pen at Salen Show
Mull & Morvern Agricultural Society Show president Robert McDougall and Salen Show convener Jim Corbett
Robert Rennie travelled from the Scottish Borders to be one of the judges at Salen Show
Shirley Strachan from Calgary with Highlander Robina

Show convener Jim Corbett said there had been lots of uncertainty whether or not to go ahead with the event but in the end the well-attended day had rewarded the efforts of everyone who worked so hard to make it happen.

‘Apart from Bute Show, it’s just us in Argyll that’s gone ahead so far. We had to reduce it in size, we had no produce tents, but we’re hoping next year we will be back in business with a full show.’

As well as sheep classes for 2021 there were categories for cattle, poultry, horses, ponies and dogs.

Even though it was Robert McDougall’s second year as president, this was his first show in the role. He said: ‘It’s been great to see so many people come and support us.’

One of the show judges was Robert Rennie who made the trip from Yetholm in the Scottish Borders to cast an expert eye over the Cheviot sheep.

‘It’s good to be back in a show ring again – the animals look pretty happy about it too,’ he said.

Geoff Adams from nearby Arle was showing his Hebridean sheep. He said: ‘There’s a definite element of normality about being here. The old life is returning. It’s so good to be getting it back.’

The show, founded back in 1832, was run in line with government guidance. Everyone attending was asked to take a lateral flow test.