It was shear delight at the Royal Highland Show last Thursday as one dynamic duo won overall breed champion for the fifth time in a row.
Gordon Connor and Scott Dalrymple came out top in the Jacob sheep category with their two-year-old ‘Dun-More Xerox’, reared at Gordon’s Dun-More small holding in Bridgend. Jacob sheep can have four horns, and a black and white mixed coat.
Gordon said: “This started as a hobby and it’s got out of hand! We’ve now been doing this for over 20 years, and we start preparing for the Royal Highland Show around Christmas. So when everybody’s enjoying themselves we’re working away.”
The home-breeds are identified by the prefix Dun-More and the latest winner was fathered by their own Dun-More Uppity, and a Dun-More ewe. The pair have had a great winning streak of success doing what no one has done before, winning five times in a row, and six overall for the Jacob.
Gordon added: “Dun-More Xerox had to compete against 60 other sheep in different categories to become the overall champion, so there is a lot of hard work in the build up, but it is worthwhile. It’s not like an office job at all - we wash the sheep in fairy liquid which gives the best clean, and we get the best results if they dry naturally.
“The sheep enjoy getting washed, and we have fans in the roof of the barn so they can get a blow dry. We then brush them out and clip them with shears, ahead of them being shown.”
Gordon (48) and Scott (45) of Fairspark Terrace, Bo’ness, with Gordon’s daughter Mairi (18) made up the show team that were at Ingliston Show Ground at 6am last Thursday to prepare seven sheep for the contest. Now that Dun-More Xerox has won, he will be kept for breeding another generation of winners.
The pair’s ‘Bogallan Kath’ also came in reserve female champion.