Champion Limousin x steer sells for £1,530 at Thainstone

Turriff exhibitor Steven Smith took both the champion’s ticket and the reserve championship at the 23rd Aberdeen and Northern Marts Thainstone Centre anniversary show and sale.

Mr Smith, of Sunnyhill Croft, won the overall title with a 20-month-old Limousin cross steer, which was picked out by judge Paul Barwood, of Grange Farm, Fleggburgh, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in the show.

Champion_edited-1.jpgThe winning entry was bought by Mr Smith at Thainstone in October 2011 and was originally bred by Macarthur Brothers, Mid Fleenas, Nairn. It was a regular prize winner during last summer’s agricultural show circuit. The 684kg champion sold for £1,530 to Ian Emslie, Little Barras, Stonehaven.

His reserve champion was a 16-month-old 564kg Charolais cross heifer, which sold for £1,300 to David Buchan, of Savoch, Longside.

The homebred championship was won by brothers Gavin and Euan Greenlaw, of Balgairn Farms, Ballater, with a 20-month-old 646kg Limousin cross steer, which sold for £1,480 to an undisclosed buyer from North Yorkshire.

A total of 1,663 entries brought an excellent show of cattle with buyers from all over the UK providing an excellent trade.

The 1,079 steers averaged 214.7p per kg (+2.5p on the year) or £1070.49 per head and sold to 272.7p per kg and £1,740 gross.

The 580 heifers averaged 205.7p per kg (+3.5p on the year) or £928.43 per head and sold to 272.5p per kg and £1,590 gross.