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By Fiona Reid
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Royal show announces judging line up

LIVESTOCK experts from the region will cast their eye over the competitors at this year’s Royal Highland Show.

The judges were this week announced for the summer event and there’s some familiar names on the list.

In the dairy section, Harrison and Hetherington’s Carlisle based auctioneer Glyn Lucas, from Dumfriesshire, is taking charge of the Any Other Breed class after a strong inaugural year in 2019.

Furthermore, the prize for Dairy Calf and Showmanship will for 2022 be awarded by Michael Yates, of Castle Douglas, part of the well-known Yates family who run Eastford and Logan Holsteins and enjoyed their own successes at the show, winning the Holstein section in 2006 and 2013. Michael is currently the only person to have won champion handler at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show three times.

The Lincoln Red winner will be picked by Scott Donaldson, of Carlisle, while the Dairy Shorthorns are in the hands of John Teasdale, Dumfries.

In the sheep classes, Alan Kennedy, of Parkgate, will be overseeing the Charollais. Alan himself has won ten interbreed championships in a row at the Dumfries Show, and also competed to a high level in sheep shearing at the Royal Highland, winning junior, intermediate and senior competitions.

And Alex Brown, of Thornhill, will judge the Bluefaced Leicester – Coloured Type class.

Meanwhile, Gillian McMurray, of Eaglesfield, is judging the HOYS Mountain & Moorland Lead Rein & First Ridden (Ride) section.

RHASS chief executive Alan Laidlaw said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming back some familiar faces to the judging line up this year, with many of our judges returning after being asked to initially judge at the cancelled 2020 Royal Highland Show.

“Our esteemed roster of judges includes some of the best, brightest and most respected professionals that the livestock world has to offer, and I can’t wait to see them and our competitors in action in the show rings this June.”

Livestock entries will open in early April when the schedule of competitions will also be released.

And the show will take place in Ingliston from June 23-26.

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