The Judges

Cattle

Audrey Anderson

Audrey Anderson

Audrey Anderson keeps small herds of pedigree Hereford and Charolais cattle at the 50-acre Easter Knox farm on the outskirts of Arbroath. The Hereford herd, which goes under the Panmure prefix, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Herd highlights have included winning the Hereford breed championship at the Royal Highland Show in 2014 with a home-bred cow with twin calves at foot. The herd has also won various awards including best Hereford herd in the UK and at the breed’s last sale at the old mart in Hereford it landed the record price, at the time when bulls sold for 8,100gn and 8,300gn. The Charolais herd, which also goes under the Panmure prefix, has sold bulls to a top of 7,500gn.

Audrey will be judging the following classes;

  • Aberdeen-Angus
  • Beef Shorthorn
  • AOB Native Breed

Michael Durno

Michael Durno

Michael Durno keeps 160 cows and a flock of 600 Blackface ewes on the 2,700-acre Auchorachan farm on the Glenlivet Estate. A well-respected cattle breeder, his herd comprises a mix of commercial and pedigree cattle. The pedigree enterprise includes 50 Simmentals, six Charolais, six Aberdeen-Angus and six Salers cattle all under the Auchorachan prefix. His most successful visit to the Royal Highland Show as his first time exhibiting in 1989 when he won the cross-bred cattle championship. More recent success has included taking the overall champion title at the Stirling Bull Sales in February 2010. His champion – Auchorachan Wizard – went on to sell for his herd’s top prize of 20,000gn.

Michael will be judging the following classes;

  • Charolais
  • Commercial cattle
  • Lumousin
  • AOB continental breed

Adam Lawson

Adam Lawson

Dairy judge Adam Lawson keeps a herd of British Friesians and Dairy Shorthorns at the 300-acre North Cassingray, Leven, Fife. He has judged at several local shows in the past, and has a strong background of show success himself. Previous accolades including wins at the UK Dairy Expo four times, a win at the Livestock Event, and a number of successes at the Royal Highland Show.  In 2018, he produced a new centre record price at Penrith for a maiden Dairy Shorthorn heifer, which sold for 1,580gn, and in 2017 he won the Dairy Shorthorn championship at the Royal Highland Show with third-calver, Winbrook VI, which was also champion at Fife Show.

Adam will be judging the following classes;

  • Holstein
  • Ayrshire
  • Dairy AOB

Donald MacNaughton

Donald MacNaughton

Donald MacNaughton has been breeding Highland Cattle all his life thanks to an early love of the breed brought about by his father having a fold of Highlanders. Mr MacNaughton, who is currently retired from working in the rail industry, runs the Rannoch herd in Kelty, Fife. The herd currently comprises six breeding cows, two three-year-old heifers, three two-year-old heifers and a stock bull from the Queen’s Balmoral herd. Herd highlights have included selling a bull at the breed’s Oban sale to Germany for 6,000gn three years ago, and winning the breed championship at the Royal Highland Show for the past two years. Mr MacNaughton has also won the female championship title at the breed’s National Show twice, and the supreme champion at the show once.

Donald will be judging the following class;

  • Highland Cattle

Sheep

Gordon Mackie

Gordon Mackie

Gordon Mackie is a well-known and respected pedigree Suffolk sheep breeder from Drimmie Farm, near Forfar. He is no stranger to judging other people’s sheep and his judging highlights have included a job assessing entries at the Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland and more recently judging the aged ewe class in the Suffolk Sheep Society’s virtual show in May this year. He is a former director of the breed society, and his own flock’s successes have included winning the sheep interbreed championship title at shows including Fife, Alyth and Kirriemuir. He has also won the Suffolk Sheep Show Points Shield, based on results from local shows, several times.

Gordon will be judging the following classes;

  • Suffolk
  • Blackface
  • Bluefaced Leicesters
  • Sheep Young Handlers

Robbie Wilson

Robbie Wilson

Robbie Wilson has a flock of 1,200 Texel sheep on his North Dorlaithers farm near Turriff. Mr Wilson has kept animals in the north-east since 1991 when he took in a flock of Strathisla Suffolk, before expanding into Milnbank Texels.He has been judging for around 25 years and has also enjoyed considerable success as an exhibitor, winning, among other titles, six champions at the Highland Show. His first Texel win at the Royal Highland Show was in 2017.

Robbie will be judging the following classes;

  • Texels
  • Beltex
  • Commericals
  • Any other breed

Goats

Agnes Aitken

Agnes Aitken

Agnes Aitken has a 17 acre smallholding near Stonehaven and has been keeping goats for 27 years. She currently has 31 goats, with the main breed being dairy goat British Alpine and the secondary breed British Saanen.  As well as dairy goats, Agnes also has pygmy goats, which grow to around 22 inches at the shoulder and are popular as pets. When it comes to judging, Agnes is the only female judge approved for dairy goats in Scotland and the only judge approved for pygmy goats in Scotland. She has enjoyed considerable success exhibiting and has had measurable success with several male and female breed champions.

Agnes will be judging the following classes;

  • Daiy white adult female
  • Dairy white goatling
  • Dairy coloured adult
  • Dairy coloured goatling
  • Pygmy adult
  • Pygmy goatling
  • Boer adult female
  • Boer goatling

Horses

Virginia Osborne-Antolovi

Virginia Osborne-Antolovi

Virginia is on the judging panels for the Highland Pony Society, the Clydesdale Horse Society, the National Pony Society and the British Show Pony Society.  She has had invitations to judge at prestigious shows including the Royal Highland, Blair Castle, Balmoral and Royal Windsor Horse Show. She produces for In hand and Ridden competition her own family’s Na Dailach Highland Ponies and Kinclune Clydesdales.  Her successes including winning the Inaugural British Ridden Heavy Horse Final at Horse of the Year Show, Champion In Hand Highland Female and Reserve Supreme The Royal Highland Show, In hand and Ridden Championships at Blair Castle and at the National Pony Society Summer Championships.  She is a lawyer and partner in her family’s organic livestock farm and has served as a board member of the Highland Pony Society, Scottish Organic Producers Association and is currently serving on the NFU Scotland Livestock and Legal and Technical Committees.

Virginia will be judging the following classes;

  • Clydesdales
  • Highlands
  • Shetlands

James Munro

James Munro

James Munro is a former head of equine studies at North Highland College. He works with his partner, Russel Skelton, as show producers under the name Team Skelton. They have produced numerous Horse of the Year Show competitors including the 2010 Coloured Horse Champion and the 2017 small Hunter Champion. He still teaches at local riding and pony clubs in the Caithness area, where he lives, and travels far and wide to attend shows the length and breadth of the country with great success.

James will be judging the following classes;

  • Mixed Mountain & Moorland Large & Small Breeds (Ex Highland & Shetland) any age any sex
  • Riding Pony/Hunter Pony any age any sex not to exceed 153cm at maturity
  • Hunters any age, any sex
  • Pure Bred Part Bred or Anglo any age any sex
  • Coloured native/cob/traditional non-native, any age any sex

Poultry

Robert Chapman

Robert Chapman

Robert Chapman, owner of Farmlay Eggs near Strichen, has been a poultry farmer since he left school. The firm has 350,000 chickens on their 2,500 acre farm, using three main breeds, H&N, Hy line and Lohmann. Farmlay also works with 25 contract producers. The firm also has 220 suckler cows and rears 700,000 pullets per year. Mr Chapman is new to judging, but says he will be looking for a bird that is bright eyed, looking alert and standing well. Mr Chapman has previously won the Poultry Farmer of the Year award and in 2017, received the RNAS good farming award.

Robert will be judging the following classes;

  • Bantams
  • Water Fowl
  • Rare breeds
  • Eggs

Young Handlers

Cattle – Audrey Anderson

Sheep – Robbie Wilson

Goats – Agnes Aitken

Horses – Virginia Osborne-Antolovi

Poultry – Robert Chapman