It was a day to remember for Aberdeen-Angus breeders, Hamish and Margaret Sclater, Denhead Farms, Dunlugas, Turriff, at the Black Beauty Bonanza show of calves and yearlings at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on Saturday.
The couple won no fewer than four of the 13 classes with entries from their well-known Deveron herd.
Leading the charge in the bull calf championship was their champion and reserve, the April-born Deveron Edinburgh K324, and the March-born Deveron Paxton K311, both out of home-bred cows, and the 19 month old Deveron Jasmine Erica J272, out of a Morven-bred cow, which carried off the yearling heifer championship. All three were by the top-rated sire, Blackhaugh Easy Papa G73
Easy Papa was +104kg for weight gain at 600 days, compared with a breed average of + 62kg, and now boasts a terminal sire index of +43 and massive self replacing index of 59.
Reserve for the yearling heifer award was the 18 month old Ballindalloch Erica J315, by the 30,000gns former
Forfar butcher, Tom Rennie, Mosston Muir, Guthrie, repeated his junior championship success at the recent inaugural “Stars of the Future” calf show at Forfar by winning the heifer calf championship with the nine month old, Mosston Muir Etta K245, a daughter of the 10,000gns former Carlisle sale champion, Hallington Walter F118, and out of Mosston Muir Etta E110.
Reserve for this award was the second prize winner in the same class, the eight month old Newfield Evita K382, by Midtown Prince Ellerman G165, from Mr and Mrs Neil Gillanders, Eastville, Hatton, Peterhead.
Club chairman, Neil Wattie triumphed in the yearling bull section by winning the championship with an entry from his Tonley herd at Mains of Tonley, Alford. His winner was the 19 month old Tonley Anelka J617, by Hurdcott Elixier E215, and out of the home bred, Tonley Annie W18.
Standing reserve and giving new Logie cattleman, Andrew Reid, his first major success, was the 19 month old Logie Eclipse J797, by Nightingale Poldark E287, from Scotia Homes chairman, Bill Bruce, Logie, Ellon.
The Deveron herd also won the new Shand Trophy for the best pair of yearlings with Lord Catto’s Schivas herd from Ythanbank, Ellon, reserve.
Sisters, Amy and Claire Johnstone, daughters of Ballindalloch farm manager, David Johnstone and his wife, Susan, won the junior (13 years and under) and the senior (17 – 24 years) junior showmanship with the intermediate award (14 – 16 years) going to Mark Wattie, Mains of Tonley, Alford.