Prices hit an event record high of £6500 at the 2007 Aberdeen Christmas Classic yesterday when butcher Tom Hutchon of JB Penman’s, Crail, Fife, bought this year’s supreme champion, which came from exhibitors Watson and Work of Mains of Dumbrek, Udny.
The supreme champion was the April 2006-born, Limousin cross heifer Baillie’s Orkney Cream. Bred by J S Baillie and Co, Sebay, Tankerness, Orkney, she tipped the scales at 536kg.
The overall reserve champion was exhibited by Bert and Patsy Paton of Spott, Glenprosen, Kirriemuir – winners of the supreme championship last year. The 672kg March 2006-born Limousin steer Jim Jam was knocked down to Archie Jess, of Matheson Jess, Paisley, for £2600.
Butchers’ champion and winner of the Aberdeen Master Butchers’ was Blair Duffton of Bogie Street, Huntly. Allan Carr of All Best Cuts, Cambridgeshire, paid £3000 for the 538kg June 2006-born Limousin cross heifer, Phebe.
There was another excellent entry in the young farmer classes, with Murray Rainnie, Loanhead, Logie Coldstone, Aboyne retaining the overall haltered championship he won last year. His winning steer was a 656kg March 2006-born Charolais cross named Bandit. Allan Carr joined together with John Kent of Direct Meats, Colchester, to buy the champion for £2200.
Meanwhile taking the young farmers’ reserve, a 562kg September 2006-born Limousin cross heifer, Charlie’s Angel – bred and exhibited by Paul Wilson, Wester Cairnglass, Golanfield, Inverness – was sold for £1400 to G Simpson and Family, of Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.
In the prime sheep section, the overall champion pair went to Kirsty Watson and Ross Williams, Balmellie Street, Turriff. Their Continentals tipped the scales at 42.5kg and sold to judge Charles MacLeod, Stornoway, for £600.
Mr MacLeod was also the buyer of the best pen of butchers’ lambs, exhibited by Sheep Park Farms, Bridge of Marnoch, Huntly, paying £200 each for the 49.5kg Beltex crosses.
Sheep Park Farms also produced the Reserve champion, two 54kg Texel crosses, which were sold to All Best Cuts for £140 each.
In the dairy section the Wullie Riddoch Trophy was jointly awarded to junior dairy champion Arthur and Susan Lawrie, Cuthill Towers, Milnathort, Kinross and Barclay Mair, of SG Mair and Sons, Kinnermit, Turriff for their animals which both achieved the same price of 2600gns.
Also held as part of the 2007 Aberdeen Christmas Classic was the show and sale of pedigree beef bulls, with the overall championship going to Neil Barclay, Harestone Farm, Crathes, Banchory with December 2005-born Charolais Harestone Balzac. The champion was sold to G and N Mackie, Delnabo, Glengairn, Ballater for 3900gns.
The Simmental champion from W and G Strachan, Mill of Balmaud, King Edward, Banff, was February 2006-born Balmaud Topper. It was bought by J Barclay & Son, Ardiecow, Fordyce, Banff for 3,000gn.
Wendy Willox of Hawthorne Brae, St Katherine’s, Inverurie took the Aberdeen Angus championship. Her April 2005-born Strathinver Bruce was bought for 1575gns by PG Milton, Mains of Allanbuie, Keith.
In the pedigree sheep section, the Texel championship, was won by A and G Howie, West Knock, Mintlaw with a gimmer by Glenside Loneranger and sold to J D and M Leitch, Feolquoy, Evie, Orkney, for 1400gns.
Showing the Suffolk champion were Messrs Henry Stuart & Sons, Davishill, Udny and their gimmer, by Conveth High Flier, was bought by judge L Manson, Brough, Skeld, Shetland for 700gns.
The Charollais champion was exhibited by William and Carole Ingram, Logie Durno Farm, Pitcaple, Inverurie and their gimmer, by Beechlodge Fitzpatrick, sold for 220gns to D A Douglas, Quoybrae Farm, Watten, Wick.