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‘Royal’ visit is a highlight of diamond show

A ‘ROYAL’ visit, a high-class show of Highland cattle and a mudbath underfoot made the Appin Agricultural Show’s 60th year an event to remember.

The show was reformed in 1957 by the Appin Young Farmers of the day and youth seemed to be a theme throughout this diamond anniversary event, with young handlers picking up the main prizes on Saturday.

It was a particularly good day for 14-year-old handler Dougie MacDonald junior, Tyree, Benderloch, who won the champion sheep trophy with his Texel tup lamb and the commercial cattle championship with a May-born Limousin cross from a homebred dam and sired by Hunters Hall Jimbo. The calf will be sold in Oban this Christmas.

For his win in the sheep championship, Dougie was presented with a special award for the 60th anniversary, the last shepherd’s stick made by the late Ian ‘Tubby’ Ross of Port Appin, who died last October. Tubby made shepherds’ sticks for 70 years and was well known in the local community. The presentation was made by Tubby’s son, Stephen, and grandson, Findlay.

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