William Campbell of W and K Campbell, Mid Calder, Thurso, won the open cattle championship at the Aberdeen and Northern Marts Christmas Show at the Caithness Livestock Centre.

Judge Richard Henderson of Woodhead Brothers, Turriff, selected as champion a 20-month-old Limousin cross steer, weighing 685kgs and sold for £2,400 to Murray Lamont of Mackays Hotel, Wick.

CAITHNESS LIVESTOCK CENTRE XMAS SHOW & SALE 2012 OVERALL CATTLE CHAMPION.jpgThe reserve champion was a 672kg Charolais cross steer from Donald Swanson, Clatequoy, Thurso, which sold for 240p per kg, grossing £1,608 to butcher John M Munro, Dingwall.

Young Farmers’ cattle champion was James Gunn, Whitefield, Reiss, Wick, a member of Bower YFC, with a 19-month-old, 624kg, Charolais cross heifer. It was bought for £2,100 by Liam Gunn of Caithness Livestock Breeders on behalf of John M Munro.

Reserve Young Farmers’ champion was William Barnetson, Lynegar, Watten, also of Bower YFC, with a 631kg British Blue cross steer, which sold for 240p per kg, grossing £1,512.

Best Aberdeen Angus was a 742kg steer from Donald Swanson, Clatequoy, which sold for 245p per kg, grossing £1,813, to meat processors A K Stoddart, Broxburn.

In the prime lambs’ completion, judged by Liam Gunn, champions for the second year running were Kenneth and Stephen Sutherland, Stainland and Sibmister Farms, Castletown, with a pair of Texel ewe lambs weighing 48kg each and selling for £200 each to Murray Lamont.

The Sutherland’s also took the reserve championship with a pair of Beltex cross lambs, weighing 49kg and selling for £85 each to John M Munro.