Top quality produce at island show

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North Uist recently held its agricultural show (August 10th) and the event was hailed a great success despite the poor weather conditions.

Organisers, on arrival at the show ground early on Wednesday morning, were dismayed to discover that five marquees for stall holders had blown away with the strong wind during the night. However with all hands on deck the marquees were safely recovered and the show proceeded.

There was a great display of stock with sheep and horse numbers up on last year and cattle numbers down slightly. Iain MacDonald, North Uist Agricultural Society president of Illeray, Baleshare said: “I’m delighted to see such a great turn out at the show. We are indebted to the support we receive from exhibitors who go to the effort to bring livestock and produce and help make this a great event in the North Uist calendar.”

Champion sheep was a Texel ram from Hugh MacDonald, 3 Hosta.

Cattle champion and champion of champions (cattle, sheep and horses) was a 6-year-old Cross Shorthorn cow from John Allan MacLellan of 17 Hougharry.

Champion horse was a 4-year-old Welsh A Pony Uphill Edward Fox from young competitor, 9-year-old Cawdor Milburn of 7 Balemore.

Winner of the 2nd annual Junior Stock Judging competition was 15-year-old Ruairidh MacDonald from Ahmore. The stock judging competition is for competitors under 25 years of age and is increasing in popularity. Livestock judge was Angus Anderson from Heaste, Isle of Skye.

The garden produce was impressive with the winning collection of vegetables grown by exhibitor Jane Talyor from Berneray comprising 25 different types of vegetable. Mrs Taylor also won the MacGillivray Cup for the Best Kitchen Garden. It just shows what can be produced on a small island and when asked what her secret was Mrs Taylor said “it was a lot of hard work”.

Quality Meat Scotland had two butchery demonstrations during the day with both pulling in large crowds of spectators. Other attractions included a dog show, pet show, gate hanging competition and sheaf over the bar to round up the day.