I was recently invited to visit one of the Ayrshire
farms and within minutes of the potatoes coming out the ground, I was cooking with them - most of the flavour and the vitamin C goodness can be found just under the skins, so I never peel them, I just give them a quick gentle wash and rub.
From the high fat and protein yielding "super cow" Bonnie Brae Emerald, out of an Ayrshire bred to a Canadian Ayrshire bull, four females were produced for the Whitefords - three by a Holstein bull and one by an Ayrshire-cross bull.
Stephen Borland - himself a Jersey breeder -chose a 75% Ayrshire female as his Supercow - Muir Royal Faith, from Andrew and William Watson.
Our blend is based on true Ayrshire genetics and red and white Holstein sires, then working predominantly with home-bred bulls bred from some of the best cow families," said William White-f o rd.
AGRISCOT CHAMPION: Morwick Tulip, which won the Ayrshire
heifer championship at this year's AgriScot.
HAVING A GOOD TIME: Judging by the reaction of Donna Graham, Information Worker at North Ayrshire
Young Scot, the Pan-Ayrshire
event was a smashing idea
Before FMD hit, Andrew used to keep Ayrshire Holsteins and pure Holsteins, and cows from this herd had taken the top spots at the Great Yorkshire Show, the Northumberland County Show and Ayr Show.
Now the 170-strong herd is about 70% pure black and white Holstein, 15% red and white Holstein and 15% Ayrshire Holstein, with cows bought from such notable breeders as the Fintdove herd in Hertfordshire, and the Cleevale, Primo and Upsall herds.
Shaun Dixon, aged 16, from Wolsingham, who was showing the interbreed champion calf for the Baynes, also won the Ayrshire champion handler award with the same heifer which was shown for the first time.
The North East Ayrshire Club, North Eastern Holstein Breeders Club, North East of England Jersey Club and the North East Shorthorn Club got together to hold their first all breeds calf show on August 31 at Thirsk.
5m scheme to restore the crumbling facade of the town's Opera House and build a state-of-the-art office building to house 250 East Ayrshire Council staff.
East Ayrshire Council's economic development, Sharon Hodgson, says the council and its partners, the Scottish Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund, has invested some PS40m in Kilmarnock and Cumnock to regenerate and revitalise the retail core.