It takes little figuring out to know that Portree accountant Donald Rankin’s latest success has brought him national recognition.
For against 80 other rivals a two year old Aberdeen Angus, called Retties Lady Ruth N228 owned by Donald, has been crowned champion female at Scotland’s biggest and more prestigious agricultural show.
Judges at the 176th Royal Highland show chose the Kilmaluag crofter’s pedigree cow despite strong opposition from across the country.
Judge Russel Taylor said she was an “excellent example of her breed” and “moved well” in the show ring. Cattle at shows are judged on their individual traits, for example, whether they have a good back end, her topline and length, and if she stands squarely on her hooves.
In fact Retties top title follows previous wins at the Black Isle and Grantown shows in 2015.
Donald, who has an accountancy firm in Portree, is well known in Staffin with his wife, Dinah, hailing from Digg and having been a former player and recent sponsor of Staffin Football Club.
This year Royal Highland Show being held at Ingliston near Edinburgh is expected to be attended by upwards of 200,000 before it concludes on Sunday and is seen as premier agricultural gathering and show in the country with thousands of animals competing for its top prizes.