NORTH-EAST herds claimed three of the four championships at the Black Beauty Bonanza show of Aberdeen-Angus calves and yearlings at Thainstone Centre.
The show attracted a near record entry of 130 head from a record 37 exhibitors from Orkney to central Scotland.
Judge for the day was Alistair Cormack, former stockman of the Carlhurlie herd.
Mr Cormack: “The standard of the cattle was outstanding and a great showcase for the breed. There was a lot of breed character and good locomotion, particularly amongst the younger cattle.”
It was a successful day for Hamish and Margaret Sclater’s Deveron herd from Denhead of Dunlugas, which picked up a first, four seconds and a third and went on to win the heifer calf championship with the seven-month-old, Deveron Felicity T580, a daughter of the home-bred Deveron Leggat P469.
Yearling heifers were led by the 22-month-old, Cardenwell Miss Blossom S087, by the Orkney-bred Burnside Jamie Erica J396, from Graham Willox and daughter, Fiona, Meikle Pittinnan, Oldmeldrum.
The Balavilhouse herd, founded last year by Eric Heerema, and his wife, Hannah, when they purchased 26 head at the dispersal of the adult portion of the Blelack herd for a total of £180,000, scored a notable success on its debut at the show.
They claimed the bull calf championship with the seven-month-old, Balavilhouse Postman T722, a Blelack Lord Blackcock P302 son.
Out of a cow bought in calf at the Blelack sale, the calf stood first in his class at Agri Expo at Carlisle.
The yearling bull championship which went to the Cardona herd at Doune, Perthshire, owned by Robbie Galloway. His winner was the 18-month-old, Cardona Edwin S001, which is by Nightingale Dunbar and stood overall champion as a calf at the Stars of the Future show last year.
The bull then teamed up with the first prize heifer, the 18-month-old, Cardona Jeweliot Erica S002 to win the Shand trophy for the best pair of yearling heifers.
David Stubbs, Mains of Collieston, Ellon, stood reserve in the yearling bull championship with the 20-month-old, Logie Explosive S658.
The reserve champion bull calf came from Ken and Margaret Howie, Cairnton, Lumphanan, with the seven-month-old, Cairnton Blackbeard T420.
Another North-east herd coming close to a top honour was the Tonley herd of Neil Wattie and son, Mark, of Mains of Tonley, Alford, who stood reserve for the yearling heifer championship with the 19-month-old, Tonley Princess S273.
Richard and Carol Rettie, Clackmannan, took first and second prize tickets in the oldest heifer calf class and went on to stand reserve for the section championship with the 10-month-old, Retties Ruisseau T391.
The junior showmanship competition saw the following handlers come to the fore.
Charles McCombie, Auchincrieve, Rothiemay (seniors), Graeme Rhind, Newton of Struthers, Kinloss (intermediates), Andrew Reid, Knockdhu, Hill of Logie, Ellon (juniors) and Michael Donald, New Boghead, Rothienorman (chairman’s endeavour award).