FOUR Ayrshire judges have been chosen to officiate at the biggest event in the Scottish agricultural year - the Royal Highland Show.

Glen Walsh of Cumnock will be judging the salers in the beef cattle class, while Gilmour Lawrie of Prestwick will be overseeing the Ayrshire & British red and white dairy cattle class.

In the sheep section, Cumnock's Andrew Woodburn senior will be responsible for choosing the best blackface, and Billy Kerr, of Maybole, will be judging the Scotch mule class.

Covid restrictions permitting, this year's show is due to be held at its traditional home at Ingliston on the outskirts of Edinburgh from June 23-26.

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 event, while the 2021 show was held online.

RHASS chairmain 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."