Angus out in force at Thainestone Black Beauty Bonanza

Honours were widely spread at the 10th anniversary Scotia Homes Black Beauty Bonanza show of Aberdeen-Angus at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.


Organised by the North East Scotland Aberdeen-Angus Club with leading Scottish house builders, Scotia Homes, as main sponsor, the show attracted an entry of 86 calves and yearlings from 21 herds from Kincardineshire to Orkney.


The judge, Soren Riis Vester, one of Denmark‘s top breeders, said the high quality of the cattle paraded before him was a testament to the continuing progress of the Aberdeen-Angus breed in meeting the requirements of the market.


“I was particularly impressed with the show of calves, especially the heifer calves, which were of a consistently high standard,” said Mr Vester, who is a past-president of the Danish Aberdeen-Angus Association. “The yearling cattle were slightly more variable with a mix of different types.”


Four herds shared the championship awards sponsored by Scotia Homes, Royal Bank of Scotland and Harbro. Continuing on their winning way after taking four of the five championships at last year’s show was Aberdeenshire husband-and-wife, Hamish and Margaret Sclater, Denhead Farms, Dunlugas, Turriff, who carried off both the championship and reserve for heifer calves, as well as the reserve bull calf championship and the McCombie Trophy for the best pair of calves.



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Their winner was the March-born Deveron Elize H232, by the Canadian sire, Young Dale Dudley 26M, and out of Deveron Elize H232, a cow which has produced two previous champions for the Sclater’s at the show. The reserve award went to another March-born calf, Deveron Jasmine Erica H238, by Bramley Grange Black Brindley D064.


Their reserve bull calf champion was a son of the Young Dale bull, the eight month old, Deveron Lionheart H229.


Leading the yearling heifers was the 19 month old, Schivas Evanoll G538, by the 5500gns Ballathie Lord Jack C230, from Lord Catto’s Schivas Estates Ltd, Ythanbank, Ellon. This heifer won a first at the show last year and was a prize winner at the Turriff and New Deer shows during the summer.


Scotia Homes’ chairman, Bill Bruce, won the reserve yearling heifer championship with the 19 month old, Logie Evensa G573, by Logie Darius E382, from his herd at Logie, Ellon. This heifer was female champion at New Deer, reserve female at Banchory and a second prize winner at the National Aberdeen-Angus Show at Turriff.


New breeders, Alex and Philippa Davie, Bankhead, Perkhill, Lumphanan, showing at the Black Beauty for only the second time from their 40-cow herd, claimed the bull calf championship with the eight month old, Perkhill Emperor H011, a son of the 10,000gns Rosemount Black Knight D464. This calf was first at Banchory and Tarland show and second at Echt.


The old-established Blelack herd of N F Massie and Sons, at Dinnet, Aboyne, showed the top yearling bull with Blelack Julian Eric G824, a 17 month old son of the home-bred, Blelack Eagle D895, with reserve honours going to David Walker, Galcantray, Nairn, with the 20 month old, Belhaven Barnsness G029, by the 25,000gns Wedderlie Netmark A281. Bred by J Gilmour and Co, the bull was purchased as a calf at foot with her mother at the Best of Blacks in the Borders sale in 2007.


The special award for the highest placed entry for a herd with 10 or fewer cows went to Sandy Paterson, Knaps of Birness, Ellon, who won the baby bull calf class with the six month old, Gask Galileo H007, by Newfield Prince E149.


Mr and Mrs Sclater won the coveted McCombie Trophy, presented by Mrs Elizabeth McCombie in memory of her late husband, Charles, a former chairman of the North East A-A Club, for the best pair of calves with their heifer calf champion and reserve bull calf champion. The reserve award went to Mr and Mrs Neil Gillanders, Eastville, Auchleuchries, Ellon, with their first prize bull calves, Newfield Earl H299, by Midtown Pride E091, and Newfield Errol H313, by Newfield Prince E149.


More than 20 youngsters took part in the junior showmanship competition, sponsored by the MacRobert Trust and Aquarian Embroidery, Forfar. Top honours went to Neil Wattie, Mains of Tonley, Alford (15 and under), Charles McCombie, Auchincrieve, Rothiemay (14 – 16) and Melissa Kelly, Upper Inchallan, Pluscarden, Elgin (17 – 25). Neil Wattie also won the chairman’s special award for best endeavour.


The junior showmanship competition was judged by Jimmy Wilson, Barnyards, Mintlaw, former chairman of the British Charolais Cattle Society.


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