Two Deeside brothers triumphed at the recent Aberdeen & Northern Marts Thainstone Centre anniversary show and sale on Friday 6 January.
Taking the overall championship title with a homebred 734kg 20-month-old Charolais cross steer, was brothers Gavin and Euan Greenlaw of Groddie, Logie Coldstone. The champion animal was sold for £1,760 to the show judge, Ian Emslie, Little Barras, Stonehaven.
Meanwhile the title of reserve champion went to a 598kg 15-month-old Limousin cross steer from Steven Smith, Sunnyhill Croft, Turriff. This one was bred by John Robertson, Newton of Logierait, Ballinluid, and sold for £1,400 to F.W. Douglas, Wray House, Malton, York.
Auctioneer Allan Taylor, said of the 1,748-strong entry: “There was an outstanding show of well bred and well presented cattle, which sold at prices ahead of expectations.”
The 1,101 bullocks averaged at 212.2p/kg (up 43.3p on the year) and sold to 266.9p/kg and £1,570 gross. Meanwhile, the 628 heifers sold to an average of 202.2p/kg (up 42.5p on the year) and sold to 266.7p/kg and £1,395 gross.
(Aberdeen & Northern Marts)