More than 70 animals attracted strong interest at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ annual Young Farmers Overwintered cattle competition at Inverurie’s Thainstone Centre last week.

Sale leader for the second consecutive year was Ewan Dow, Elgin. The Lower Speyside YFC member’s 422kg yearling Limousin cross heifer sold to A J Forsyth, Newton Stewart for £2000.

The second highest call came for the homebred champion from Balfour Baillie, Orkney. His June 2007-born Charolais cross steer weighed 448kg and sold to James Forsyth, Newton Stewart for £1500.

The overall heifer champion from Darren Irvine of Keith YFC was next to go at £1050. His April 2007-born Charolais, bred by Neil Barclay, Crathes, sold to G Simpson, Huntly.

1391%20-%20Overall%20heifer%20champion%20%28blog%29.jpg

And having caught the eye of judge Scott Walston, Carnoustie was Darren’s brother and fellow Keith young farmer Martin Irvine’s March 2007 Charolais cross bred by G Cameron, Argyll. He tipped the scales at 414kg and sold at £1000 to S and M Brown, Little Brechin, Brechin.

1397%20-%20Overall%20and%20steer%20champion%20%28blog%29.jpg