Classic for Christmas

A TOP class selection of some of the country’s leading livestock has been lined up for Scotland’s premier two-day winter farming event.

Nearly 500 entries will be forward at the annual Aberdeen Christmas Classic which takes place at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on Monday November 28, and Tuesday, November 29.

A prize fund of £16,000 and a large array of trophies will be available for the event, which features a range of shows and sales, including prime, pedigree and dairy stock and a highly popular young farmers’ and open stock judging competition.

The Christmas Classic, which is organised by Aberdeen & Northern Marts in conjunction with the Aberdeen Fatstock Association, will feature an outstanding selection of livestock, particularly prime stock, from many of Scotland’s leading producers.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to browse around a wide range of indoor trade stands exhibiting products and services from all sectors of agriculture and its associated industries.

John Gregor, Aberdeen & Northern Marts general manager,said: “The 2011 Classic is all set to be a wonderful showcase for Scottish agriculture and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the UK.

“There has been a fantastic summer show season for livestock and we will have some of the best from that along with an excellent selection of livestock from some of the leading herds and flocks in the country.”

Sheena Fraser, agricultural manager with main event sponsor Bank of Scotland said: “The Christmas Classic comes at a time when beef prices remain buoyant and many north east farmers will be considering whether or not to buy store cattle.

“Beef prices look likely to continue strongly and continued demand for Scottish fatstock point to good prices into early 2012.”

Organisers have changed the format for the pedigree bull show, moving it from Monday to the Tuesday, the same day as the bull and prime cattle sales.