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Charolais Cattle Show Attracts Outstanding Entry

Charolais breeders turned out an outstanding entry of quality cattle at the Scottish and Northern Charolais Breeders’ National Show staged at New Deer Show on Saturday 19 July which was led by the five year old Dunesk Unesta, bred and exhibited by Jimmy and Margaret McMillan, Farnell, Brechin.

Overall supreme and senior female champion, Dunesk Unesta

Dunesk Unesta

Not only did Unesta claim the supreme female and overall Charolais event award, but she went on to secure the overall beef interbreed award on the field.

“This show attracted an outstanding entry, in particular there was great strength and depth in some large classes exhibited by the younger generation which confirmed the future of the Charolais breed is in good hands,” commented judge, Stuart Wood, of Garston, Orkney. “However, Unesta was the firm winner – there was nothing to touch her. She is truly feminine and demonstrates all the attributes of the breed; strength, depth and mobility, and those were reflected in her calf at foot which is already showing a great deal of potential.”

Unesta who claimed her fourth beef interbreed title on Saturday in as many outings this season including the Royal Highland, has got to be the best ever turned out from the McMillan’s six cow herd. A rising five year old Oldstone Egbert daughter and out of a homebred Perth female champion, she began her show ring career back in 2005 by securing the Royal Highland breed title. Her promising six month old bull calf is by the 12,000gns reserve intermediate Perth champion, Brampton Albert.

Pipped into overall reserve place was the junior female champion, Inverlochy Brie from father and son team, John and Raymond Irvine, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch. This 21 month old who secured her first ever major award at the event, was out of the family’s several times champion Ballindalloch Upas and among the first crop of calves by the 6,000gns Gower Versace jointly owned by the Irvines and the Elgin based Milne family, Roy, James, Matthew and Sam, and running between their two herds amounting to 95 cows.

Both the Irvines and the Milnes enjoyed their best ever days at the event. Between them they exhibited five Gower Versace sired progeny and each stood first in their class.

They included the Milnes junior male champion, Elgin Concord, an 11 month old who judge, Stuart Wood declared ‘had a big future’. In addition, their 18 month old heifer, Elgin Callgirl, another Verace daughter was awarded the reserve junior female title.

However it was the Irvines who just had the edge towards the end of the day. Their Inverlochy Brie teamed up with another Versace daughter to win the overall pairs award. The duo then added to the team the reserve senior female champion, Inverlochy Violet, to win the group of three. Violet who is making her showring debut this year, is a four year old Rumsden Samurai daughter and exhibited with her three week old by the 4,000gns Lochend Apache.

The senior male section was headed by Goldies Banker, a two year old Oldstone Egbert son secured for 14,000gns in Perth by Jimmy Wilson after he placed him as reserve senior champion. Currently running with his 50 cow Ugie herd, based at Mintlaw, Peterhead, Banker has already secured this season the Echt championship and reserve male title at the Royal Highland.

Standing below Banker in reserve senior male position was Cargriff Victorious, the 12,000gns Perth champion, a four year old exhibited by father and son team, Neil and Graeme Massie, Dinnet, Aboyne; while the reserve junior male title went to Harestone Count, a yearling by Maerdy Impeccable and bred and exhibited by Neil Barclay, Crathes, Banchory.

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