FEATHERS and fleece flew at this year’s Biggar Agricultural Show in a terrific day out for farmers and visitors.
And, when the rain did fall, it was warm rain and didn’t discourage the spectators.
President David Paterson was very pleased at the way the day went, although he pointed out that, with the early start and the dance afterwards, it was almost a 24-hour job!
“I was delighted,” he said. “There was a fantastic entry of stock and competitors.
“It was brilliant and we got a very good crowd.”
There was a record entry of sheep and Biggar had also been chosen to host the National Beltex show, with sheep coming from as far afield as Stranraer and Orkney for that.
David was also delighted at the scores of entries in the poultry section, back at Biggar for the first time in decades.
That produced the incongruous sight of a bantam in its tiny rosetted cage lined up with the giant bull and Clydesdale for the final show champion judging.
That accolade went to the dairy champion, a Holstein second calver, Covington Kendall Mona, from William Baillie at Hillhead, Covington.
Another highlight was the charity sheep-shearing marathon by the Clipping Chicks.
The exhausted women managed to shear 800 sheep, raising over £1000 each for Cancer Research and Motor Neurone Disease, in memory of Carmichael shepherd Willie Currie.
Freelance photographer James Clare was on hand to capture the action for the Gazette and his pictures are featured in our slideshow, created for your viewing pleasure by editor Julie Currie.