Aberdeen & Northern Marts' annual Young Farmers’ Overwintering Cattle Show and Sale is now open for entries.
The competition will culminate in March 2017 and gives young farmers the opportunity to showcase their own purchased and reared cattle at Thainstone, Inverurie.
Sponsored by law firm Ledingham Chalmers, the event will see a total of £2,200 prize money go on offer, along with a range of prizes and followed by an auction of the exhibited cattle.
The contest aims to encourage young farmers in the art of stockmanship through buying cattle at the autumn sales, rearing them during the winter and then exhibiting them for a show and sale in the spring.
This year’s competition will feature a new trophy aimed to emphasise the commercial aspects of livestock production.
The Calladrum cup has been kindly been donated by Alan and Rhona Melvin, Meikle Tulloch, Durris, and will be awarded to the winner of the best overwintered animal along with a £100 prize.
This will be presented to the exhibitor with the best overall achievements in the competition categories comprising of the highest feeders’ margin; highest average daily live-weight gain; best presented and paraded animal; and best quality animal.
John Gregor, Executive Director at ANM Group, said: “We are delighted to have worked with young farmers to evolve the competition and place more emphasis on the commercial aspect of livestock production. The competition provides an excellent opportunity for young farmers to hone their skills, compete with their peers, and increase their livestock business knowledge."
The purchasing period of animals will run until Friday, November 25.
Stuart Jamieson, Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC), National Chairman, added: “I am delighted that the SAYFC and ANM Group have developed this new prize which aims to encourage the commercial aspects of livestock production during these challenging times.
"It is always tremendous to continue to receive ANM’s support with this fantastic event which has been running for the past 25 years. I encourage young farmers interested in livestock production to participate and gain experience in what promises to be a great opportunity for everyone.”