Young Staffin stockman’s debut success at Skye Agri Show

A CLASSY Stenscholl calf shown by a young Staffin crofter made a big impact at this year’s Skye Agricultural show.

Experienced auctioneer Daniel Urquhart judged the stylish seven-month old Limousin cross – owned by Allan Wilson – the Best Calf and it was also crowned the show’s Reserve Championin the cattle class.

Allan crofts at Stenscholl and Sartle, drawing on his grandfather Iain’s experience, and is only 22. It was his first time showing at the island’s show, and he was up against some stellar competition. The cattle champion came from Angus Beaton’s Gesto herd.

The prestigious accolades came for a stylish calf which was out of a home-bred Limousin mother and A.I bull. The unassuming Staffin crofter returned home with the Stormont Cup for Best Calf and the Highland Marts Cup for Reserve Champion.

Judges at agricultural shows are looking for stock to have good conformation, condition and display the best traits of their breed, such as a good back-end.

Limousins are a popular beef breed in Skye and the west coast amongst crofters and originated in France. They are generally red in colour and hailed from a wet region in the country with poor spoil and harsh weather conditions. That helped the cattle become a breed of unusual sturdiness, health and adaptability. They are also excellent calvers.

Allan’s reserve champion will be sold at Dingwall and Highland Marts calf sale in Portree next month.