17 April 1997

Top margins for young Scots

YOUNG farmers in north-east Scotland are achieving margins of up to £170 from wintering beef.

The annual show and sale at Thainstone, Inverurie, saw this feeder margin achieved by Linda Glennie, New Deer, with a heavyweight steer. Next best margin was £169, achieved by a heifer from Gavin Petrie, Banchory.

The event saw the championship go to a 570kg Limousin cross steer from 22-year-old Aberdeen University student Debbie Milne, New Deer. Fitz went on to sell for the second highest price of £720.

"As a feeder looking for quality stores, both the champion and the reserve were my kind of cattle," said judge George Ritch.

Young farmers cattle were generally making 10p/kg over commercial values, with steers and heifers averaging 114p and 101p/kg, respectively, reports Aberdeen and Northern Marts. &#42