A farmer has been seriously injured after being crushed by a prize bull weighing a tonne at a pedigree auction.
Douglas Smith of Drumsleed Farm, in Fordoun, had been in the ring at Thainstone Mart with his Simmental bull when the incident took place.
The breeder was rushed to hospital after the bull reared up and floored him.
An eyewitness told the Scottish Sun: "The breeder was rushed to hospital after onlookers reported seeing the bull rear up and floor him in the show ring.
“It was really frightening to see.
“Fellow farmers got control of the bull and took it, and the other bulls, out of the ring.
Police and paramedics arrived shortly afterwards and the scene was cordoned off.
A spokesman for Thainstone Mart said staff were “very disappointed and concerned” about the incident.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts (ANM) chief executive, Grant Rogerson said: "Everyone in attendance was very shocked about the incident, and we hope Mr Smith makes a full recovery.
“Thank you to our first aiders who acted quickly and helped Mr Smith, and the paramedics for their fast response and treating him before taking him to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed that officers were called to the agricultural centre to “make sure everyone was safe”.
The Health and Safety Executive has been made aware of the incident.
The incident comes just five months after a farmer was killed after suffering a head injury in an incident ’involving an animal’ at a livestock market.
Harry McAnespie, 80, died after suffering a head injury at Clogher Mart, County Tyrone.
He was taken for treatment by air ambulance to Belfast but sadly died.
It is understood the incident involved a bullock.