Published: 06/08/2012 20:27 - Updated: 06/08/2012 20:29

Barrock sheep breeders lift top Black Isle Show prize

CAITHNESS sheep breeders Leslie and Tina Robertson were celebrating after their North Country Cheviot ewe was crowned supreme sheep at the 2012 Black Isle Show.

The three-crop ewe by Inkstack Anson and out of a home-bred ewe brought the title back to their farm at Inkstack, Barrock, for the very first time.

The couple, who run a 1200-ewe farm – 400 of which are pedigree – also achieved major success at the Dornoch and Kelso shows earlier this year.

Messrs Sutherland of Stainland and Sibmister Farms near Thurso picked up the cross title with a one-crop three-quarter Texel and one-quarter Beltex ewe with a pair of Texel-sired March-born ewe lambs, which picked up the reserve title at the Caithness County Show.

There was also success for 11-year-old Charles Angus, of Clindrag Cottage, East Murkle, when he took the Suffolk championship title with a one-crop ewe by Lakeview Leeroy out of a Cairview ewe.

John Forbes (16), of Boultach, Latheron, continued to make it a successful day for far north youngsters when he picked up the Texel title in the sheep crofters’ section with a gimmer by Allanfauld Rockafella.

* Read more in Wednesday’s Caithness Courier.

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