Simmental bull is Bute Show champion of champions

Jim Reynolds with Bruchag Caledonia, crowned champion of champions at Bute Agricultural Society's annual show on Wednesday.
Jim Reynolds with Bruchag Caledonia, crowned champion of champions at Bute Agricultural Society's annual show on Wednesday.

BRUCHAG Caledonia, a 17-month-old Simmental bull owned by Robert McAlister of Langalbuinoch farm and shown by Jim Reynolds of Rothesay, was crowned Champion of Champions at the Bute Agricultural Society show on Wednesday.

Glorious weather attracted a bumper crowd to the Showground in Rothesay for the annual event, which featured Highland dancing demonstrations and a display of eagles, falcons and other feathered predators from the Loch Lomond Birds of Prey Centre near Balloch in addition to the array of dairy, beef and Highland cattle, sheep, poultry and pets from around the island and beyond.

And there were more celebrations for the Langalbuinoch branch of the McAlister family after Robert’s daughter Emma won the RHASS Trophy, the prize for the event’s champion young livestock handler.

The section champions were as follows.

Best dairy animal (George Lyon Memorial Challenge Trophy) – H. & E. Kennedy, Largievrechtan.

Best Highland exhibit (Greenan Mill Trophy) – D. Buchanan, Shennavallie, Oban.

Best entry in prime stock section (McLennan Perpetual Trophy) – R. & P. McAlister, Langalbuinoch.

Best Clydesdale (Robert Duncan Memorial Trophy) – J. Anderson, West Glen, Kilmacolm.

Best donkey – A. Livingstone, Acholter.

Best animal in light horse section (Dr D.J. Penney Memorial Challenge Trophy) – L. McArthur, Ardbrannan.

Best sheep, any breed (Garrochty Cup) – McInnes & Heads, Aitkenhead, Fenwick.