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Native breeds reign supreme at Dounby cattle competition

The champion of the cattle section at this year’s Dounby Show, Skaill Estella.

The title of overall winner at today’s Dounby Show cattle section has been awarded to a three-year-old pedigree Aberdeen Angus cow, shown by Messrs Davidson, from Skaill Farm, in Sandwick.

A “delighted” John Davidson said the homebred cow, named Skaill Estella P117, was from the bull Blelack Blackrod and was out of a dam from the Diana family.

The reserve prize went to a Shorthorn heifer shown by B. & S. Slater, of Newbigging, in Dounby. The April 2015-born heifer, is named Greenburn Julie and is from the bull Chapelton Delegate and out of a dam named Greenburn Cassie. The animal was bought in June 2015 from Eric Heddle, East Moaness, Lyness.

Today’s cattle judge for both the Aberdeen-Angus and Shorthorn breeds was Hamish Sclater, from Turriff. He commented: “I knew fine I had two good champions when I was judging the sections.

“The champion is only three years old and she’s a big animal for her age. She has tremendous style to her and really sparked. The reason she beat the Shorthorn is because she had a bit more backside on her, although the Shorthorn was a lovely moving heifer.”

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