Young Farmers to fore at Thainstone

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Young Farmers from across the North-east gathered at Thainstone, Inverurie for the finale of the Overwintered Cattle Competition.

The annual overwintering event provides competitors with the chance to breed and rear their own cattle throughout the winter months before showing them in friendly competition with their peers and selling them through auction.

An integral part of the competition, sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers and organised by Aberdeen & Northern Marts, is the commercial aspect of livestock production. The average daily weight gain and feeder margin elements provide an emphasis on these aspects for the overall competition.

The sale of nearly 60 cattle was topped by the show Champion from Ally Fraser, Easter Clune, Lethen, Nairn. The 11-month old, 456kg Limousin cross steer was sold to Blair Duffton, Bogie Street, Huntly for £4,000.

The heifer Champion was sold to Show Judge Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud for £2,600.

The 10-month-old Charolais cross weighed in at 472kg and was exhibited by James MacIver Jnr, Wester Coltfield, Kinloss, Forres.

The Home-Bred class was won by Grant Morrison, Newtack, Crossroads, Keith, with his 426kg Limousin cross heifer.

The 11-month old was sold for £1,700 to Miller Farms, North Lurg, Midmar, Inverurie.

Allan Collie, Partner in Ledingham Chalmers, said: “We are delighted to again support this prestigious event.

“This show and sale provides the perfect platform for the next generation of farmers to get first-hand experience of rearing and selling their own animals.”

Judges at this year’s show were Mr Harry Brown for the Classes and Championships and Mr Angus Greenlaw, Sheep Park, Bridge of Marnoch, Huntly, for the Best Presented and Paraded Animal.

Alan Hutcheon, Deputy General Manager at Aberdeen & Northern Marts, said: “This year has seen a terrific show of cattle here for this competition.

“The high price in the sale speaks volumes for the quality that was on show. Well done to all the competitors for their hard work and impressive presentation.”

Overall Champion: No 26, Ally Fraser, Easter Clune, Lethen, Nairn: Sold for £4,000 to Blair Duffton, Bogie Street, Huntly.