New Mule Class at Kinross Show
A new sheep section will be introduced at this year’s Kinross Show to reflect the popularity of the breeding Mule in Kinross-shire and surrounding areas.
The breed will appear under its own name for the first time at the Kinross Show field, when the inaugural competition gets under way on Saturday 13th August.
James Cullens is the Sheep Convener for the show and explains the introduction is due to demand from exhibitors. “There are more and more breeders in our catchment area coming here to compete in the commercial and cross sheep section so it made sense to separate the section and give the Mule breed an opportunity to compete in their own right,” says Mr Cullens who breeds Scotch Mules from his upland farm at Dollarbank, Clackmannanshire. “The Mule ewe is an important part of the Scottish sheep sector and many other shows draw in strong entries. The quality showcased at The Royal Highland is particularly impressive so we are pleased to be able to add it to our Premium List,” he adds.
Kinross show takes place on the RSPB reserve on the banks of Loch Leven and the sheep classes attract strong entries annually across all breeds with it being a particularly popular show for Shetland exhibitors.
With six classes in the new Mule section, competitors can enter as many of the classes as they choose but the organisers are hoping the new section attracts good support. “Kinross Show offers a fantastic opportunity to exhibit stock ahead of the autumn sales so the new section promises to be a spectacular showcase of breeding stock and lambs,” adds Mr Cullens.