The show and sale of exhibition cattle at the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone saw the champion sell for £4,600.
This was a Limousin heifer, I’ll Be There, shown by father and son, Michael and Mark Robertson, Tomintoul. The 10-month-old weighing 42kg and by Mereside Lorenzo is a heifer’s calf bought with its mother at a United Auctions sale at Stirling in October. The calf was on its second trip to Thainstone having taken the championship at the Rising Stars show in December. The buyer was Rebecca Stuart, Insch.
The judge was Melanie Alford, Cullompton, Devon, who went on to buy her reserve champion for £4,300. This was a Limousin cross heifer from last year’s championship winners, father and son, John and Craig Robertson, Pitlochry. By Naby and weighing 484 kg this one was bought at a store sale at United Auctions in September from breeder Willie Stevenson, Pitlochry.
The Robertsons, who had 11 cattle forward , also sold a second prize 410kg Limousin cross heifer for £1,800 to Wilson Peters, Crieff, and another at the same price to Craig Drysdale, Kinross.
The Irving family of Anside Pedigree, Keith, took £2,300 for a third prize 374kg Limousin cross heifer by Fendt. The buyer was Bert Paton, Kirriemuir.
Brian Harper, Falkirk, took a first prize with a 10- month-old 363kg Limousin cross heifer which sold for £1,900 to J.M. Fraser, Lethen.
The bullock champion from J. Munro and Son, Ardgay was a British Blue cross bred by Shewglie Farms and bought at Dingwall Mart for £800. Weighing 480kg, it sold for £1,200 to W. Adie, Inverurie.
The Munros had already secured £2,000 for a 560 kg second prize British Blue cross heifer by Valdes Van De Sluizienwek selling to I. Grant, Achnasheen.
The reserve bullock champion, another from the Robertsons, was a British Blue cross by Strathbogie Kansas which sold for £1,500 to D.D. Nelson, Edzell.
Averages – 25 heifers, £3.72 per kg and £1,730.60/head; 9 bullocks, £2.52kg and £1,221.11/head.
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts.