Once again this year’s Thainstone Spectacular show and sale of show calves has attracted a high quality entry from the north-easts leading calf breeders.
Having produced and sold last year’s Smithfield champion at the sale Andrew Anderson, Smallburn Farms, will doubtless turn out another quality string, with a total of 17 entered. These include the Turriff and Echt show champion Hanky Panky, an October 2009-born Limousin cross steer. He is full brother to last year’s Smithfield champion.Andrew is also offering Pandora, a November 2009-born Limousin cross heifer which was champion at Black Isle and reserve interbreed at the same event.
Barry Paterson, Cairndaie Croft, has a brace entered which have also been highly successful out and about this summer. Firstly comes Joy Division, a February-born Limousin cross heifer which was reserve calf champion at Fettercairn, reserve champion at Echt and calf champion and female champion at New Deer, as well as being crossbred champion and reserve overall at the same show. She was also calf champion and reserve crossbred at Banchory and calf champion and crossbred champion at Tarland.Barry’s second is Bumble, a November 2009-born Limousin sired heifer which was reserve female at Echt, reserve calf at New Deer, reserve calf at Banchory, female and reserve crossbred champion at Turriff and calf champion and reserve crossbred champion at Keith.From Simon Stephen will come an October 2009-born Limousin cross heifer which was champion at Nairn, while Michael Durno will bring out Miss Wet T-Shirt, a Charolais cross heifer which was champion at Grantown.
Other leading cattle heading to Thainstone will be Leo from Garson Farm, Sandwick, which was overall champion at Orkney Show, Black Magic from J Munro and Son, which was reserve at Black Isle. Also forward will be the crofters champion from the Sutherland and Black Isle Shows, an October 2009-born Limousin sired heifer from John Smith, Brora.
Also putting forward a large consignment will be J and J Wilson, Wester Cairnglass, with a total of 10 entered. One of which will be Vovozela an autumn born Limousin cross which was male champion at the Black Isle show and first at Dornoch and Grantown at this summers shows.
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