Thainestone show stores in demand

The store cattle trade continues unabated, with Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ first spring show and sale meeting a lively trade for all classes.

Leading the way was W Forbes, Dalrachie Farm, Ballindalloch with a 428kg Limousin cross steer which stood champion in the show classes and sold for £1000 to Messrs Cameron, Grange, Keith.

Reserve spot was clinched by J Stuart, Belnoe, Chapeltown with a 540kg Limousin cross bullock. This one realised £800 to show judge David Henderson.

Top spot among the heifers was Blair Duffton of Bogie Street, Huntly. This one tipped the scales at 580kg and sold to Woodhead Brothers, Turriff.

The final silverware of the day for the best beast from the Islands went to A G Flaws, Ringesta, Quendale, Shetland with their 345kg Blonde which fetched £570, selling to Thirsk Auction Mart.As always I’m struggling to see where the money will be made on many of these stores, but its possible with Woodhead Brothers in on the action that several of them were fit to kill, so they may be able to turn a pound on a few of them.

However, anyone planning on making a profit on a 345kg Blonde at £570 is pushing their luck a little I suspect. Obviously the grass is growing north of the boder too!