25 Mar ANM Overwintering Results
ABERDEEN & NORTHERN MARTS PRESS RELEASE
Young Farmers out in force at overwintering competition held at Thainstone
A novice exhibitor sold the top price animal at this year’s Young Farmers’ overwintering competition held at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ Thainstone Centre this week. The event, sponsored by Ledingham Chalmers, attracted a strong show of animals brought out by members from SAYFC’s North Region, which were purchased at the autumn sales and reared over the winter. In total, 30 heifers sold to average £1181.54 or 264.6p per kg and 28 steers levelled at £1195.77 or 241.3p.
Topping the sale at £1850 was a January, 2019-born Limousin cross heifer weighing 548kg from Garioch YFC member, Finn Christie, Newton of Balquhain, Pitcaple, Inverurie. Bred by EA Sim, Cairnview, Rorandle, Monymusk, she tipped the scales at 548kg and sold to A Anderson on behalf of an undisclosed buyer.
Next best at £1650 was Keith YFC member, Mark Robertson with his first prize Limousin cross heifer from Easter Fodderletter, Tomintoul. Scaling 388kg, this 11-month-old heifer was bred by Gordon Cameron, Newton Cottage, Acharacle and sold to Grant Dinnie, Bridgeton, Alford, on behalf of an undisclosed buyer.
Keith YFC member, Jack Hendry from Heads of Auchinderran, Keith, received £1580 for his first prize, May, 2019-born Limousin cross heifer weighing 424kg. Bred by WD Stephen and Co, Meikle Geddes, Nairn, she sold to Backmuir Livestock, Keith.
The overall champion from first time exhibitor and Ross Sutherland member, Duncan Munro, Invercharron, Ardgay, Sutherland, sold for £1450 to Backmuir Livestock. Tapped out by judge Willie Purdon, Stravenhouse Farm, Carluke, was a February, 2019-born Limousin cross heifer purchased from Ian Stewart, Reisgill, Lybster. Scaling 478kg, she sold to Backmuir Livestock, Keith.
Also selling for £1450 was the champion bullock from Lower Speyside member, Kyle Cruikshank, Clury, Dulnian Bridge, Grantown-on-Spey. This was a 530kg, March, 2019-born Limousin cross bullock bred by Gordon Cameron, Newton Cottage, Acharacle, which also sold to Backmuir Livestock, Keith.
The home-bred championship was also awarded to Duncan Munro, Invercharron, with a January, 2019-born Limousin cross bullock, which was knocked down to Backmuir Livestock. Weighing 540kg, he is by Powerhouse Lynx and stood second at the Royal Northern Spring Show.
Nairn JAC member, Ally Fraser, Easter Clune, Lethen, won the home-bred heifer section with a 354kg, 12-month-old Limousin cross heifer. She sold for £1200 to Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud, Peterhead. Two other animals made £1380 including Finn Christie’s first prize bullock bred by Una MacDonald, Lower Cairnglass, Inverness. Selling to Backmuir Livestock, this April, 2019-born bullock weighed 484kg and stood first at the Rising Stars in December.
Matching that price was Keith YFC member, Ryan McConnachie’s 638kg, October, 2018-born Simmental cross bullock from Midtown of Buchromb, Dufftown. Bred by A and A Wright, Lagavaich, Glenlivet, he sold to Backmuir Livestock.
Ryan’s brother Kian, received £1300 for his second prize, April, 2019-born Limousin cross heifer bred by Gordon Cameron, Newton Cottage, Acharacle. Weighing 438kg, he sold to Backmuir Livestock.
The best overwintered steer award was won by Martyn Horner, Cluseburn, Inverbervie, with a 448kg, May, 2019-born Limousin cross, while the best overwintered heifer title and Calladrum Cup went to Mark Robertson, Easter Fodderletter, Tomintoul, with his 388kg, April, 2019-born Limousin cross.
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