Aberdeen Christmas Classic - Scotland’s Premier Two-Day Winter Event

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Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th November 2018

Scotland’s Premier Two-Day Winter Event - An Outstanding Selection Of Livestock From Many Of Scotland’s Leading Producers

2017 Sim Champ -Aultmore Highlander
2017 Prime Lamb Champions
2017 Prime Cattle Champion
2017 Beltex Champion

Annual Christmas Shows & Sales of Prime Cattle and Sheep Pedigree Bulls and Female Sheep
Rising Stars Calf Show Classes and Competitions for Young Farmers, Cast Sow Competition.

Accommodation - click here

Entries for Pedigree Female Sheep, Breeding Cattle and Rising Stars have now closed

Online Bidding

Annual Show & Sale of Pedigree Texel, Suffolk, Beltex, and Charollais Female Sheep

In conjunction with the Aberdeen Fatstock Association

Online bidding available using i-bidder.com

Please send your photo's to alan.donald@anmgroup.co.uk

(When sending your photo's remember to reference them to your Animal's tag number or catalogue lot number for ease of matching with catalogue information)

"The Aberdeen Christmas Classic" Sale of Principal Prime Cattle

In conjunction with the Aberdeen Fatstock Association

Online bidding available using i-bidder.com

Please send your photo's to alan.donald@anmgroup.co.uk

(When sending your photo's remember to reference them to your Animal's tag number or catalogue lot number for ease of matching with catalogue information)

"The Aberdeen Christmas Classic" Annual Multi-Breed Show and Sale of Pedigree Beef Bulls

Online bidding available using i-bidder.com

Please send your photo's to alan.donald@anmgroup.co.uk

(When sending your photo's remember to reference them to your Animal's tag number or catalogue lot number for ease of matching with catalogue information)

Online Bidding Services provided by I-Bidder

Judges for the Christmas Classic 2018

Pedigree Female Sheep:
Texel – Robin Orr, Halbeath Farm, Dunfermline.
Suffolk – Iain Bissett, Mariain, Evanton.
Beltex - Gordon Carroll, Edendiack, Huntly.

Open Prime Sheep:
Louise Forsyth, WTS Forsyth & Sons Butchers, Peebles and Ben Wight, Midlock, Biggar.

Young Farmers Prime Sheep:
Guthrie Batchelor, Fleming Butchers, Angus.

Haltered Beef Cattle & Butchers Classes:
Hugh Black, Hugh Black & Sons, Lanark and Murray Lauchlan, David Comrie & Son, Perth.

Young Farmers Haltered Beef Cattle:
Guthrie Batchelor, Fleming Butchers, Angus.

Young Farmers Unhaltered Beef Cattle:
Guthrie Batchelor, Fleming Butchers, Angus.

Open Unhaltered Beef Cattle:
John McIntosh, Goval, Dyce.

Rising Stars:
Stuart Hunter, West Cairnhill, Culsalmond.

Pedigree Beef Breeding Cattle:
Colin Smith, Towiemore, Keith.

Monday 26 November 2018 Programme of Events

11:30 Judging of Cast Sow Competition – in the Pens
14:00 Judging of Pedigree Texel, Suffolk, and Beltex Female Sheep. – Exchange
16:00 Sale of Pedigree Female Sheep. – Ring 2 (Online bidding)
18:00 Judging of Young Farmers Prime Sheep – Exchange
18:15 Judging of Young Farmers Prime Cattle followed by Rising Stars Calf Show - Exchange

Tuesday 27 November 2018 Programme of Events

08:30 Judging Unhaltered Prime Cattle – Exchange
08:30 Judging of Prime Sheep – Ring 2
09:30 Judging of Haltered Prime Cattle – Exchange
11:30 Judging of Prime Pedigree Beef Bulls – Exchange
12:30 Parade Champions, Bulls, Rising Stars and Prime Cattle – Exchange
13:30 Presentation of Prizes followed by Sale of Prime Cattle and Sheep – Ring 3 (Online bidding cattle)
15:00 Sale of Pedigree Beef Bulls and Females – Ring 2 (Online bidding)
19:00 Young Farmers and Open Stock Judging Competition – Ring 2

View the shows & sales live here!

Key Contacts

John Angus, Head of Livestock
Name: John Angus F.I.A. (Scot.)
Title: Head of Livestock
Mobile: 07801 186312
Email: John.Angus@anmgroup.co.uk
Colin Slessor, Deputy Head of Livestock
Name: Colin Slessor F.I.A. (Scot.)
Title: Deputy Head of Livestock
Tel: 01467 623703
Mobile: 07808 182108
Email: Colin.Slessor@anmgroup.co.uk

Class Sponsors

The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, Pedigree House, 6 King’s Place, Perth

Our mission: To maximise the opportunity for the use of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus stock, resulting in improved profitability of members’ pedigree livestock enterprises.  Our goals: To increase consumer awareness and market demand for the Aberdeen-Angus brand; to increase the production of Aberdeen-Angus beef in line with consumer demand; to improve the efficiency of production and standard of Aberdeen-Angus cattle by evaluation and implementation of a planned breeding programme; to raise the skills and knowledge base of the Society’s members; to increase the cost effectiveness and range of member services; to develop a fully integrated youth development programme.
T: 01738 622477. E: info@aberdeen-angus.co.uk. Website www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk.
Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society

Blackadders LLP

Our Rural land and Business team, headed up by Petra Grunenberg, covers the whole of Scotland with offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth. The team recognises the particular needs and difficulties facing landowners, farmers and those with rural businesses in Scotland and we offer the full range of specialist legal advice of the highest quality, hand in hand with practical commercial solutions.

Our Partner, Ellen Eunson is always happy to deal with any queries from our Aberdeen office or from our booth at Thainstone Mart (which is located on the ground floor in the corridor to the rings).
Blackadders LLP

Cheale Meats, Brentwood, Essex

With their modern specially equipped Sow abattoir, Cheale Meats Ltd, handles the majority of Scotland’s and England’s cull sows. Working with producers to maintain a regular supply of high quality Sow meat for export throughout European Union. Cheale Meats is the essential service for the UK’s pig breeders. Constantly seeking new markets and innovation in production, Cheale Meats is proud to consistently return the highest possible prices for producers. We have a reputation for high quality, high hygienic pork for premier brand products sold worldwide.  Cheale Meats and ANM are the proven marketing outlet for Scottish pig breeders.

East Coast Viners Animal Nutrition

Drumlithie-based East Coast Viners Animal Nutrition is one of Scotland’s largest family-owned animal feed compounding businesses, producing a wide range of feeds for all types of cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and game. ECV also supply straight feeds and minerals for the on-farm mixer. Full technical support and rationing provided.
East Coast Viners Animal Nutrition

Farmers Journal Scotland

The Farmers Journal is a weekly paper, focussed on delivering practical technical farming knowledge, market information along with local, national and international news, all to help farmers improve their business. Our Farm Profit Programme, in conjunction with ANM, brings weekly updates on how we are helping farms improve their profitability. Through steady improvement, we have managed to increase gross margin per cow and sheep on our programme farms. Readers of the paper get weekly updates and all the advice on what worked and didn’t work at farm level. Further, they get all the news across the country as Farmers Journal Scotland covers all the main events and issues facing farming.
Farmers Journal

Filpumps, Thainstone, Inverurie

With our modern mobile drilling rig and drilling methods, retail store and dedicated sales and service department, we can assist customers from all industries with various projects from design to complete installation. Being the main agent for Permastore Slurry Stores we can supply and install tanks, mixers valves and heavy-duty Chopper pumps. We also have access to industry leading manufacturers and therefore can offer customers supply, fit and commission all types of pumps and treatment systems, for drinking water, parlour and wash-down, and effluent and sewage waste. For more information please contact us on 01467 623010 or info@filpumps.co.uk.

Finnie 4x4

Finnie 4x4 are a family run firm based in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. We supply 4x4 vehicles from all the main manufacturers, specialising in new and used double-cab pickup trucks. A good range is always available from stock and we are well experienced in fitting all the accessories required to put each vehicle to work.

For the leisure pickup customer we also have our own modified truck range branded as www.Fiercepickups.com where the options are endless to make your commercial vehicle stand out in a crowd.

Another side to our business is supplying secure steel storage units and portable buildings for sale or hire, we carry a huge stock of all designs and sizes ready to solve your space challenges quickly.

All our products and services can be found on our website www.finnie4x4.com and on our facebook, twitter & Instagram channels. We can be contacted but e-mail on sales@finnie4x4.com or by telephone on 01779473552.
Finnie 4x4

GWT Plant Hire Ltd

Based in Stonehaven, we cover all areas of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and beyond.
We specialise in all types of Groundcare and ATV machinery for both professional and domestic use.  GWT is an appointed service centre for Toro and TYM products and also a dealer for BRP CanAm Quad bikes and Kawasaki Mule.  GWT can carry out repairs on all types of machines on site and also in our fully equipped workshop.  We have a wide variety of machinery for sale for both professional and domestic use including- ride on mowers, push mowers, strimmers and hedge cutters, chainsaws, blowers - both new and used stock available.

Harbro Limited, Markethill, Turriff

Harbro’s Rumitech is making its mark in finishing diets by improving feed utilisation, feed efficiency and as a result, improving killing-out percentages. This unique additive works in several ways to increase feed efficiency by increasing the number of bugs in the rumen, reducing the amount of energy lost as methane and reducing the loss of protein as urea. This ultimately leads to better digestion and better retention of energy and protein. Rumitech is available exclusively from Harbro for use finishing diets through inclusion in Grampian Minerals, Champion concentrates or finishing compounds, Beefstock and Elitestock nuts.
Harbro Limited, Markethill, Turriff

HRN Tractors Ltd., South Road, Insch

Nothing runs like a Deere. HRN are the main dealers in Scotland for the John Deere range of tractors and farm machinery. They now cover from Perthshire up to Caithness with depots at Insch, Turriff, Muir of Ord. Kinloss, Caithness & Balbeggie. All depots stock a full range of machinery and spares and are staffed by factory-trained engineers. Have no fear, buy John Deere.
HRN Tractors Ltd., South Road, Insch

Kintore Trophy Centre, 47 High Street, Inverurie

Kintore Trophy Centre is a long-established family business specialising in the supply of trophies, cups, shields, quaich’s and other presentation items for show societies, sports clubs, etc., with a prompt engraving service. Also gift items and glassware.
Kintore Trophy Centre, 47 High Street, Inverurie

A C Morrison & Richards

The firm of A.C. Morrison & Richards was founded in 1918 and has operated from its prestigious premises in Bon-Accord Crescent since 1930.The firm has its roots in traditional areas of Law such as House Purchase and Sale, Trusts and Executries, Mortgage Procuration and Agricultural Law, Commercial Property, Company and Partnership Work. The firm prides itself in the fact that all clients can be assured that their business will be dealt with by a Partner or senior member of staff in the firm and contact with that person will be maintained from commencement through to completion of the work.
A C Morrison & Richards

Murray Duguid Ltd

Murray Duguid Ltd was established in 1982 and operates from our premises in Oldmeldrum situated in the heart of Aberdeenshire. We are Independent seed merchants specialising in a wide range of Grass Seed Mixtures which are blended, packed and distributed from our warehouse in Oldmeldrum. As a privately owned company we are able source a wider range of varieties ensuring our mixtures are of the highest quality giving our customers the best performance from their grass. As well as the extensive range of stock mixtures customer’s individual mixtures can be prescribed and readily supplied to suit any situation. We also offer a fully comprehensive range of fodder crops and vegetables including swedes, turnips, fodder rape and kales, game cover and conservation mixtures along with a full range of cereals and oil seeds.
Murray Duguid

Natural Stockcare Ltd, Unit 1b Willows business Centre, Ryton Industrial Estate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Here at Natural Stockcare Ltd we have been the forerunners of liquid nutrition for near on 40 years! Using natural and very high value materials. We are always at the forefront of developing new products to help with ever demanding pressures on the young and newborn calves and lambs!
It usually takes three years plus to bring these products onto market, as we prove everything on various farms before releasing.
At Stockcare we pride ourselves on being the leading suppliers of nutrition to the pedigree and commercial showing and sale market.
You Breed we help Feed.  
Natural Stockcare Ltd, Unit 1b Willows business Centre, Ryton Industrial Estate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual

Peter Vardy
Vauxhall Commercials

At Peter Vardy Vauxhall Aberdeen we offer the UK’s lowest price new Vauxhall vans. We offer competitive low rate finance along with finance lease and contract hire, business customers can also benefit from 0% finance over 6 years. New vans starting from £149 per month. We also have access to over 200 used vans and pickups with deposits from as low as £99 and up to £1000 cashback with a 4 or 5 year finance agreement. Call Aaron at Peter Vardy Commercials on 07792626124 or go to www.petervardy.com/vans.
Peter Vardy Vauxhall Commercials

R & G Donald Agricultural Engineering Ltd

We are a family run business that specialize in repairs and sales of agricultural machinery, quad bikes and the hire of Ktwo muckspreaders.
Agents for Yamaha Quad Bikes, Ktwo Machinery and Exol Oil.

Robert Niven Electrical, Inveroyne, Oyne, Insch

We have over 40 years electrical experience 28 of which have been in association with Aberdeen & Northern Marts.
Robert Niven Electrical also enjoy working with the oil engineering services, portal frame steel buildings, town shop, agricultural environment with agricultural service companies, domestic with experience with the new S I P panel environmental eco-friendly kit houses and office blocks.  We are pleased to be asked to participate at the Christmas Classic again and wish to convey our kin-ship with the mart.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), The Rural Centre, Ingliston, Newbridge, EH28 8NZ

QMS works to support the development of a sustainable and prospering Scottish red meat industry. In addition to marketing activities undertaken for Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork, QMS’s industry development team works on a range of projects aimed at improving the bottom line of livestock enterprises. QMS runs the whole-chain, whole-of-life quality assurance schemes which underpin the brands. It also has an economics services team which ensures the industry benefits from up-to-date information and undertakes a programme of health and education activity in schools to communicate the importance of red meat in a healthy diet. Further information is available at www.qmscotland.co.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


The Royal Northern Agricultural Society was founded in 1843 by progressive farmers and landowners in the North-east of Scotland which is an area renowned throughout the world for the quality of its livestock and stockmanship.  The Society has enjoyed Royal patronage for more than 150 years and our current Patron, HRH Princess Royal, regularly attends the Society's flagship event, the Royal Northern Spring Show, which is held at Thainstone Centre at the end of February/March each year. The Society's mission statement is to "improve agricultural production and the rural economy in all its branches" and plays an important educational role, particularly in the encouragement of the younger generation to learn about farming, food production and the countryside. 

Scottish Beef Association

The Scottish Beef Association (SBA) is the dedicated voice for the Scottish Beef Industry. It represents the industry and works with other stakeholders across Scotland, the UK and Europe to promote our industry and secure the best outcomes for its members.
We are committed to influencing and shaping the structure and business environment in which our industry works.
The many benefits of membership include: - Representation at government and other stakeholder organisations; Weekly newsletter (via e-mail); The Beef Farmer magazine (quarterly); Technical information updates; Industry events; Market information.
Duncan Todd, Secretary: - E-mail: duncan@agment.co.uk;
Tel: 07734 812704
Scottish Beef Association

Station Garage, Craigour Road, Torphins and Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen

Locally owned Station Garage has held the Mitsubishi franchise for the Grampian region since July, 2000, offering full dealer facilities at both sites.
The current Mitsubishi range features the class leading L200 Series 5 pick-up; Shogun LWB and SWB; Outlander SUV plug-in hybrid or diesel; ASX crossover with 2WD or 4WD, and the Mirage supermini. Scrappage allowance on selected vehicles, along with Finance deals including, 3-years no deposit 0% Apr, 5.9% APR PCP which have up to £2,750 deposit contribution. Coming soon, the Eclipse Cross SUV and Shogun Sport 7-seat SUV.
We also offer a good selection of used cars, 4x4s and pick-ups.
Call 013398 82326 or 01224 685000, or visit www.station-garage.co.uk
Station Garage, Craigour Road, Torphins and Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen

Tawse Tyre Co Ltd, Harlaw Road, Inverurie

We have just past 10 years in our new premises, Next year will be quite exciting for us as it will be 50 years since we opened in Inverurie. We are sticking to our core business with tyres, exhausts and batteries, we introduced wheel alignment to our stable around 7 years ago and that has gone from strength to strength, we installed a Hunter Aligner although very expensive to buy and install it has proved its worth over the years, giving precision alignment every time. All categories of tyres from car to agricultural have increased over the past few years. We are fully certified on Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems and can reprogram new sensors for most vehicles. We have some interesting ideas to celebrate our 50years which will become apparent to regular customers and to show we are fully up to date, looking to the future and not resting on our 50 years.
Graham Tawse.
Telephone 01467-621460. Fax 01467-620359. www.tawse.co.uk.
Tawse Tyre Co Ltd, Harlaw Road, Inverurie

Towns & Carnie Ltd, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie

Towns & Carnie Ltd was established in 1982 by Gordon Towns and Sandy Carnie.  They moved from Aberdeen to Thainstone in 1990 when Aberdeen & Northern Marts opened and, although the core business is animal health products, the company also supplies feeds and blocks for cattle and sheep, a range of dog foods, work wear, etc.  Working from three premises at Thainstone, Turriff and Huntly, Towns & Carnie Ltd is the leading supplier of sheep and cattle tags in the North east, as well as being sole distributors of the Masterject long range injectors.
Towns & Carnie Ltd, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie


Zoetis is a global animal health company dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses in even-better ways. Building on 60yrs of experience, we deliver quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostics products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services.

Visit us at our stand to see how we can help you or Contact us on 0845 300 8034 or at www.zoetis.co.uk.