Saturday 24 February, 2024

Christmas Classic champion sells for £4,800

A Limousin cross heifer from Wilson Peters, Monzie, stood overall champion at the Aberdeen Christmas Classic at Thainstone

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Prime cattle champion
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Prime cattle champion

The February 2022-born 620kg heifer, by Uptonley Living the Dream and out of a Limousin cross dam, sold for the top price of £4,800 to Scott Watson, on behalf of B.T. Kitson Butchers, Hutton Rudby.

Mr Peters also took the champion butcher's award with a home-bred 522kg Limousin cross heifer by Carmon Lionbar, which sold for £3,800 to Alistair Bruce from Bruce of the Broch Butchers, Fraserburgh.

The overall reserve championship went to W. Robertson and Son, Tomintoul, with a home-bred 734kg Limousin cross bullock, which sold to John-Paul and James Duxbury, RPD, for £3,000.

Anna Fettes, Braes of Enzie Buckie, stood Young Farmers' champion with a May 2022-born 644kg Limousin cross heifer, which sold for £3,000 to Border Meats, Lockerbie.

A 664kg British Blue cross heifer bred by the Robertsons, Logierait, and exhibited by Blair Duffton and Steven Smith, Huntly, realised £4,026 (610p/kg) to Sunnyhill Farms.

The unhaltered cattle champion from H.D. Brown, Maud, was a home-bred 572kg Limousin cross heifer which sold to Ryan Briggs of Briggy's Quality Butchers for £2,308.50 (405p/kg).

In the Young Farmers' unhaltered section, the championship went to Thomas Hall, Longside, with a 620kg Limousin cross heifer, which sold for £2,340 (390p/kg) to Munros of Dingwall.

W. Robertson and Son, Tomintoul, took the championship in the Rising Stars Calf Show with a February-born Limousin cross bullock by Beaumont Pacman.

Calf show champion

Calf show champion

The Young Farmers' champion award went to Finlay Hunter, Culsalmond, Insch, with a home-bred, June-born Limousin cross bullock by Johnston Premier.  

 Averages - 43 heifers, 390.5p/kg; 20 bullocks, 345.7p/kg.

Prime lambs top at £350/head

In the prime lamb section, the top price of £350/head was paid for the Young Farmers' champion pair of lambs from William and David Moir, Cairness. Weighing 44.5kg each, they sold to J. Gordon and Co, Forbes.
They also took the prize for the champion pen of lambs with a pair of continental lambs weighing 44kg, which sold to the judge, Bill Cameron, Keith, for £320/head.

Top price prime lambs

Top price prime lambs

Reserve champions were a pair of 53.5kg Texel crosses from W. and J. Brown, New Deer, which sold for £200/head, also to the judge.

The champion butcher's lambs from Messrs Smith, Kildrummy, were a pair of 42.5kg Beltex crosses, which made £200/head to John Munro, Dingwall.

 Average - prime lambs -  52 pairs, 329p/kg (£153.13/head).

Suffolks lead pedigree trade

The show and sale of pedigree sheep topped at 5,000gns twice for Suffolks. Firstly, for the champion - a gimmer by Creweland Kingpin from the Innes family, Huntly,  which sold to Craig Paterson, Aberchirder.
Matching this was a Suffolk ewe lamb by Forkins Firecracker from G.L. Stuart, Ellon, which sold to Neil Benzie and Vicki-Maree Milnwood, Turriff. Another ewe lamb from Messrs Innes sold for 3,200gns to S. Craft, Glenrothes.
The Innes family also had the champion Texel, which sold for 4,000gns with a Texel gimmer from Kenny Pratt, Peterculter, selling to W.J. Knox, Turriff, for the same price.
A Texel gimmer from Robbie Wilson, Turriff, sold for 3,500gns to K.W. Hourston, Stromness.

The Blue Texel champion was a gimmer from W.J. and M. Hunter, Insch, which went on to sell for 1,500gns to the judge, Katrina Rendall, Nairn.

Zoey Rennie, Keith, claimed the Beltex championship with a gimmer which sold for 950gns to R. Mumro, Sutherland, and also topped the section at 1,000gns with a gimmer which sold to an online bidder.
Bluefaced Leicesters reached 850gns for a gimmer from Matthew Seed, Cuminestown, Turriff, which went to O. Jones, Llandrindod Wells.

The Dutch Spotted section saw a ewe lamb from G. and I. French, Cornhill, achieve 900gns to Tom Rendall, South Nesting.  

Averages - 22 Suffolk gimmers, £1,589.31; 14 Suffolk ewe lambs, £1,526.25; 50 Texel gimmers, £1078.98; 6 Texel ewe lambs, £880.25; overall 154 head, £965.73.

 Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts.

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