Increased demand for native breed cattle on the back of Morrisons plans to create a premium beef brand from Beef Shorthorn, Aberdeen-Angus and Hereford-sired cattle helped lift demand and prices at Thainstone’s spring show and sale of Angus store cattle.

Orkney exhibitors, George and Eileen Muir, Gorn, Shapinsay, scored a major triumph at the show and sale by winning both the championship and reserve . Their champion, a 584kg steer by the  Aberdeen-Angus sire, Haymount Wavozzo, and out a pure-bred Limousin cow, sold for £1160, while their reserve, a 548kg steer by the same sire and out a Limousin cross cow, realised £1060. Both were purchased by Jim Fowlie, Strichen.

Averages; 449 steers 189.7p/kg, 320 heifers 174.3p/kg (Aberdeen and Northern Marts).