Trotternish crofter triumphs at “The Highland”

A PEDIGREE cow owned by a Kilmaluag crofter has been crowned champion female at Scotland’s biggest and most prestigious agricultural show.

Donald Rankin’s two-year-old Aberdeen Angus, called Retties Lady Ruth N228, won and beat almost 80 other rivals in the process. The judge Russel Taylor said she was an “excellent example of her breed” and “moved well” in the show ring. Cattle at shows are judged on their individual traits, for example, whether they have a good back end, her topline and length, and if she stands squarely on her hooves.

Donald Rankin.

Donald Rankin.

The prestigious title follows previous wins at the Black Isle and Grantown shows for Retties last year.

Donald, who has an accountancy firm in Portree, is well known in Staffin with his wife, Dinah, hailing from Digg and having been a former player and recent sponsor of Staffin Football Club.

The 176th Royal Highland Show is held at Ingliston near Edinburgh each year and about 200,000 people are expected to attend by Sunday. It is the premier agricultural gathering and show in the country with thousands of animals on show.

More details from the Aberdeen Angus Society here: