2016 Show

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A dry day ensured that the 2016 Dalmally Show was one to remember, drawing record entries in several classes, and crowning a black Highlander breed champion for the first time.

Around 2000 spectators and competitors visited the show field on the river Orchy, enjoying entertainment that included traditional fixtures such as junior shinty (won by Invergarry juniors) and the terrier race (won by Tom Sample with Millie), music from the Helensburgh Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band, and attractions such as the vintage tractors and the Skernish Clydesdale horses.

Judges were impressed with the quality of the workmanship on display in the super-sized craft tent, where baking, preserves, knitting, floral art, horticulture, paintings and photography were displayed together under one roof for the first time.

Notable achievements there included those of David MacLeod, who dominated the horticulture classes, including winning the Lilian Chrystal trophy for best rose bloom, and Arthur Dent and Jean Dent with their expertly crafted entries in the crooks and sticks section.

Betty Jamieson won the MacLennan Cup for most points in the Home Industries classes, and S Melvile's afternoon tea tray (with four items) was a temptation for many onlookers, winning a Dalmally Agricultural Society Special Prize.

It was a busy year across the livestock classes, with the closely contested overall cattle champion awarded to Douglas MacDonald, of Tyree, Benderloch, for Tasty Ribs, a black Limousin cross heifer.

Known as the 'Highland Cattle Olympics', Dalmally continues to attract the best of this breed. A three-year-old black heifer, Frangag Dubh, from Banchory breeder Ian Adams (shown by Grace Noble) was crowned champion, and although she had travelled 150 miles for the show, she was on home ground in Dalmally, as she was born and bred nearby.

The show's largest livestock section was the blackface sheep, which attracted 230 entries. Open champion was a previously unshown ewe lamb from the Patersons of Auchloy, Crieff.

Local farmers J&J MacPherson of Balliemeanoch had the reserve champion and dominated the competition elsewhere, winning challenge trophies for most points in the both the open and confined sections.

Show President Jon Strickland, said: “This is the biggest show in Argyll and the national show for Highland Cattle. The west coast breeds highland cattle and the local hills breed black face sheep and this is the home of the two breeds.

"The standard of the 2016 stock exhibits have been superb and are a great credit to the breeders and to their dedicated stockmen and women who have presented them in such prime condition. Craft, home industries, baking and horticulture have also seen record entries. We have had a fantastic show today with lovely weather and a great crowd. We look forward to 2017!"