The beef industry is today mourning the loss of one the country’s leading cattle finishers, Harry Emslie, Brae of Coynach, Mintlaw, after an accident at his farm yesterday.
Mr Emslie, 67, is believed to have been crushed to death by a loader, but it is understood no one else was involved in the accident.
Having won Smithfield’s supreme championship on two occaisions, including clinching both the championship and reserve awards in 1994, Mr Emslie was a well known and respected figure on the primestock show circuit and a renowned finisher of cattle on his Aberdeenshire unit.
As a judge Mr Emslie had officated across the UK and Ireland, sharing his knowledge and skill with likeminded folk and passing on the wisdom he had gained through his many years in the beef industry.
He leaves a wife, Kay, and a son, Harry jnr, and daughter, Jacqueline. The Taking Stock team pass their condolences to the family.