Prime cattle and sheep take centre stage at the 25th Aberdeen Christmas Classic

28/11/2017

Buyers and exhibitors were presented top-quality prime cattle and sheep today at the 25th Aberdeen Christmas Classic at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie – hosted by Aberdeen & Northern Marts in conjunction with the Aberdeen Fatstock Association, and sponsored by Northlink Ferries, operated by Serco Ltd.
 
Judged by James and Ross Allan, Malcolm Allan Ltd, Larbert, Stirling, the open haltered beef cattle class saw a 620kg Limousin cross heifer exhibited by Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud, achieve the overall champion title. The heifer went on to sell for £4,600 to Malcolm Allan, Larbert. The reserve champion, presented by Murray Rainnie, Loanhead, Logie Coldstone, was another Limousin cross heifer, weighing in at 586kg and sold for £3,300 to Frasberburgh-based butchers Bruce of the Broch.
 
The Butchers’ cattle class champion title was achieved by Andrew & Reece Simmers, Backmuir, Keith, with their 546kg Limousin cross heifer, ‘Ruby Red’, that sold for £3,800 to Forbes Raeburn Butchers, Huntly. Exhibited by W Peters, Monzie, Crieff, the reserve butchers’ cattle champion was a Limousin cross heifer called ‘Tricky Treacle’, and was purchased by W T S Forsyth, Peebles, Tweddale, for £3,000.
 
In the Young Farmers cattle section, judged by Jamie Scott of John Scott Meats (Paisley) Ltd, the overall championship was awarded to Mark Robertson, Easter Fodderletter, Tomintoul, for his 640kg Limousin cross heifer, which made £3,000 to Judge Jamie Scott. The reserve overall champion title was awarded to a 622kg Limousin cross heifer, presented by R Davidson, Keith Commercials, Keith, and sold for £3,000.
 
Catherine Beaton, South Auchmaliddie, Maud, took the championship title with her Limousin cross heifer, weighing 610kg  in the Young Farmers unhaltered beef cattle section, which sold for 290 pence per kilo to Forbes Raeburn Butchers, Huntly. The reserve championship was achieved by another Limousin cross heifer, weighing in at 790kg and exhibited by W & J Brown Hilton, Culsh, New Deer. The reserve champion went on to sell for 240 pence per kg to G Cameron, Archaracle, Argyll.
 
The unhaltered beef championship was judged by Ian Sim of Kincraig, Brechin, who awarded the champion title to a 578kg Limousin cross heifer presented by B Duffton & R Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly. The champion went on to sell for 305 pence per kilo to Bruce of the Broch, Fraserburgh. Achieving the reserve champion title was J Thomson, Middleton of Potter, Potterton, for his Limousin cross bullock, scaling 665kg and 260 pence per kg, and was purchased by B T Kitson Butchers, Hutton Rudby, Yarm.
 
Prime Cattle Auctioneer Alan Hutcheon, said: “Prime cattle throughout the sale made a first-class trade, with haltered champions and reserve champions all selling for £3,000 or more. We are very happy with the results, and all exhibitors should be proud of the work they’ve done at the Classic this year.”
 
Prime lambs also met a strong, steady trade at the Christmas Classic today. The Overall Champion pair was exhibited by 11-year-old Seth Miller, The Lurg, Midmar. His excellent pair of Beltex lambs scaled 42.5kg and realised £300 per head to the judge, Mr Sam Carlisle, Border Meats, Lockerbie. The reserve champion pair were the Suffolk cross entry from G L Stuart, Milltown of Birness, Ellon, and fetched £180 per head again to the Mr Carlisle.
 
The Butchers’ Champions were awarded again to Beltex-sired lambs from D Smith, Scobshaugh, Cortachy, by Kirriemuir. They sold at £250 per head to John Scott Meats, Paisley. Reserve award in the Butchers section went to W & D Moir Livestock, Home Farm, Cairness, with a pair of striking black lambs, sired by a Blue Texel, and sold for £220 each to Gordon Troup, Shaggart, Sauchen.
 
The Young Farmers champions were shown by William & David Moir, Home Farm, Cairness and sold for £270 per head to Backmuir Livestock, Keith. The reserve Young Farmers exhibits came from Gary Morrison, Bush of Muldearie, Keith and sold at £190 each to John Scott Meats Paisley.
 
Colin Slessor, Deputy Head of Livestock, said: “A quality entry of Prime lambs met a very keen demand, with trade exceeding expectations.”
 
Prime cattle averages:
48 heads sold for £1,845.70 per head and £3.04 per kg.
 
Prime sheep averages:
82 heads sold for £112.85 per head and £2.53 per kg.
 
 
Full Results:
OPEN PRIME CATTLE
Class 1A Single Haltered Heifer Weight Price (£)
1st Lot3 - Murray Rainnie, Loanhead, Logie Coldstone 586kg £3,300
2nd Lot 2 - Watson & Work, Mains of Drumbreck, Udny 530kg  
3rd Lot 1 - Blair Duffton & Rebecca Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly 522kg  
4th Lot 4 - Ian Miller, ℅ Miller Farms, North Lurg, Midmar 600kg  
       
Class 1B Single Haltered Heifer    
1st Lot 5 - Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud 620kg £4,600
2nd Lot 6 - Paton & Hunter, West Cairnhill, Culsalmond 628kg £2,187.50
3rd Lot 7 - Craig & Jack Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran, Keith 658kg  
4th Lot 8 J M Fraser & Sons, Easter Clune, Lethen 668kg £2,061.50
       
Class 2A Single Bullock    
1st Lot 11 - Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains Maud 618kg £1,629.75
2nd Lot 13 - Wilson Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, Monzie 648kg £1.902.75
3rd Lot 10 - Paton & Hunter, West Cairnhill, Culsalmond 578kg £1,782.50
4th Lot 9 - Blair Duffton & Rebecca Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly 550kg £1,567.50
       
Class 2B Single Haltered Bullock    
1st Lot 15 - Darren Irvine, Braehead, Drummuir 688kg £1,712.50
2nd Lot 16 - Blair Duffton & Rebecca Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly 708kg £1,762.50
3rd Lot 17 - R Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt 742kg £1,762.50
4th Lot 14 - J M Fraser & Sons, Easter Clune, Lethen, Nairn 680kg £1,700
       
Class 5 Butchers’ Cattle – Single Heifer    
1st Lot 29 - Andrew & Reece Simmers, Backmuir, Keith   £3,800
2nd Lot 28 - Wilson Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, Monzie   £3,000
3rd Lot 27 - Ian Miller ℅ Miller Farms, North Lurg, Midmar   £1,336.50
4th Lot 30 - Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud   £1,798.00
       
Class 6 Butchers’ Cattle – Single Bullock    
1st Lot 31 - Blair Duffton & Rebecca Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly    
2nd Lot 33 - Blair Duffton & Rebecca Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly   £1,450.00
3rd Lot 32 - Andrew & Reece Simmers, Backmuir, Keith   £1,482
Class 9A Open Unhaltered Cattle - Heifer    
1st Lot 41- Blair Duffton & Rebecca Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly 578kg  
2nd Lot 43 - Steven Smith, The Byre, Sunnyhill Croft, Turriff 604kg £1,440
3rd Lot 42 - W G Troup, Shaggart, Sauchen 580kg £1,508.00
4th Lot 40 - W A Fettes, Brae of Enzie, Buckie 498kg £1,237.50
       
Class 9B Open Unhaltered Cattle – Heifer    
1st Lot 47 - Harry D Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud 674kg £1,608
2nd Lot 46 - W A Fettes, Brae of Enzie, Buckie 640kg £1,696.00
3rd Lot 45 - W G Troup, Shaggart, Sacuhen 626kg £1,593.75
4th Lot 44 - Harry D Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud 614kg £1,586
       
Class 10A Unhaltered Single Bullock    
1st Lot 48 - G & D Anderson, Brucewells, Netherley 486kg £1,212.50
2nd Lot 50 - Andrew & Reece Simmers, Backmuir, Keith 584kg £1,392.00
3rd Lot 49 - G & D Anderson, Brucewells, Netherley 540kg £1,323
       
Class 10B Unhaltered Single Bullock    
1st Lot 52 - J Thomson, Middleton of Potterton, Potterton 666kg £1,729
2nd Lot 53 - W G Troup, Shaggart, Sacuhen 678kg £1,552
3rd Lot 51 - Ian Miller ℅ Miller Farms, North Lurg, Midmar 620kg £1,488
       
 
OPEN UNHALTERED CHAMPION
Lot 41 - Blair Duffton & Rebecca Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly
 
OPEN UNHALTERED RESERVE CHAMPION
Lot 52 - J Thomson, Middleton of Potterton, Potterton
 
BEST ANIMAL OF OPPOSITE SEX TO CHAMPION
Lot 52 - J Thomson, Middleton of Potterton, Potterton
 
BUTCHERS’ CHAMPION
Lot 29 - Andrew & Reece Simmers, Backmuir, Keith
 
BUTCHERS’ RESERVE CHAMPION
Lot 28 - Wilson Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, Monzie
 
BEST ANIMAL OF OPPOSITE SEX TO BUTCHERS CHAMPION
Lot  31 - Blair Duffton & Rebecca Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly
 
CHAMPION OPEN HALTERED BEEF HEIFER
Lot 5 - Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud
 
RESERVE CHAMPION OPEN HALTERED BEEF HEIFER
Lot 3 - Murray Rainnie, Loanhead, Logie Coldstone
CHAMPION OPEN HALTERED BEEF BULLOCK
Lot 15 - Darren Irvine, Braehead, Drummuir
 
RESERVE CHAMPION HALTERED BEEF BULLOCK
Lot 11 - Harry Brown, Achmaliddie Mains, Maud
 
OVERALL OPEN HALTERED BEEF CATTLE CHAMPION  
Lot 5 - Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud
 
OVERALL OPEN HALTERED BEEF CATTLE RESERVE CHAMPION
Lot 3 - Murray Rainnie, Loanhead, Logie Coldstone
 
BEST ANIMAL (ANY SEX) BY A I BULL
Lot 5 - Harry Brown, Auchmalddie Mains, Maud
 
FIRST TIME EXHIBITOR
Lot 12 - Balvail Estate, Kingussie, Newtonmore
 
SIRED BY ABERDEEN ANGUS
Lot 17 - R Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt
Lot 12 - Balvail Estate, Kingussie, Newtonmore
 
BEST ANIMAL BRED BY EXHIBITOR
Lot 5 - Harry Brown, Auchmalddie Mains, Maud
 
BEST ANIMAL OF OPPOSITE SEX TO CHAMPION
Lot 15 - D Irvine, Braehead, Drummuir
 
BEST ANIMAL SIRED BY A LIMOUSIN BULL
Lot 5 - Harry Brown, Auchmalddie Mains, Maud
 
 
OPEN PRIME SHEEP  
Class 11A Two Continental Lambs Weight Price
(Each)
1st Lot 5 - Seth Miller, The Lurg, Midmar 42.5kg £300
2nd Lot 1 - W & D Moir Livestock, Home Farm Cairness 37kg £90
3rd Lot 3 - Gary Morrison, The Bush, Keith 40.5kg £88
4th Lot 2 - Sarah Balfour & Mark Robertson, Easter Fodderletter, Tomintoul 37kg £80
       
Class 11B Continental Lambs    
1st Lot 6 - Sheep Park Farms, Bridge of Marnoch, Huntly 44.5kg £130
2nd Lot 7 D Smith, Scobshaugh, Cortachy, Kirriemuir 45.5kg £100
3rd Lot 10 - Smallburn Farms, Plewlands, Duffus 48kg £100
4th Lot 8 - Callum Naismith, Balmaleedie House, Grangehall 46kg £100
       
Class 12   Two Half-bred, Greyface or Mule Lambs    
1st Lot 11 - R Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt 58.5kg £82
2nd Lot 12 - R Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt 53.5kg £86
       
Class 13      
1st Two Down Cross Lambs    
2nd Lot 13 -  George L Stuart, Milltown of Birness, Ellon 56.5kg £180
  Lot 14 - R Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt 49kg £105
Class 14      
1st Two Cheviot Lambs    
2nd Lot 16 - R Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt 50kg £90
  Lot 15 - R Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt 47.5kg £78
Class 15      
1st Two Blackface Lambs    
2nd Lot 18 - Glenrinnes Farms, Glenrinnes Lodge, Duffton 42kg £76
  Lot 17 - Glenrinnes Farms, Glenrinnes Lodge, Duffton 39.5kg £68
Class 16      
1st Two Charollais Lambs    
  Lot 19 - Alastair & Callum Naismith, Balmaleedie House, Grangehall, Marykirk 52.5kg £90
Class 17A      
1st Two Lambs of Same Breed or Cross suitable for Butchers Purposes    
2nd Lot 22 - W & D Moir Livestock, Home Farm Cairness 41.5kg £220
3rd Lot 20 - Sheep Park Farms, Bridge of Marnoch, Huntly 38.5kg £88
4th Lot 23 - Glenrinnes Farms, Glenrinnes Lodge, Dufftown 43kg £92
  Lot 21 - J E & Z Bywater, Corbanchory, Kildrummy 39.5kg £76
Class 17B      
1st Two Lambs of Same Breed or Cross suitable for Butchers Purposes    
2nd Lot 27 - D Smith, Corbanchory, Cortachy, Kirriemuir 49.5kg £250
3rd Lot 26 - Alastair & Callum Naismith, Balmaleedie House, Grangehall 45.5kg £105
4th Lot 24 - Seth Miller, The Lurg, Midmar 44.5kg £102
  Lot 25 -  J E & Z Bywater, Corbanchory, Kildrummy 43.5kg £80
       
Class 18      
  Light - Two Lambs of Any Breed or cross    
1st Lot 29 - Gary Morrison, Bush, Keith 44.5kg £190
2nd Lot 28 - Ellie Miller, The Lurg, Midmar 45kg £100
3rd Lot 30 - Sarah Balfour & Mark Robertson, Easter Fodderletter, Ballindalloch 38kg £80
       
Class 19      
  Heavy - Two Lambs of Any Breed or cross    
1st Lot 34 - W & D Moir Livestock, Home Farm Cairness 45.5kg £270
2nd Lot 33 - Alexia Chalmers, Midhill of Seggat, Auchterless 49kg £98
3rd Lot 31 - J Brown, Hilton of Culsh, New Deer 47.5kg £82
4th Lot 32 - Ellie Miller, The Lurg, Midmar 49.5kg £120
       
Class 20      
1st      
  Untrimmed: Two Lambs of a Native Ram    
Class 21 Lot 35 - R Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt 47.5kg £82
1st      
2nd Untrimmed: Two Lambs progeny of a Continental Ram    
3rd Lot 41 - R Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt 45.5kg £110
4th Lot 38 - Alastair Naismith, Balmaleedie House, Grangehall, Marykirk 47kg £115
  Lot 40 - D Smith, Scobshaugh, Cortachy 44.5kg £98
  Lot 37 - Gary Morrison, Bush, Keith 47.5kg £86
       
 
OVERALL CHAMPION PEN OF LAMBS
Lot 5 - Seth Miller, The Lurg, Midmar
 
RESERVE CHAMPION PEN OF LAMBS
Lot 13 - George L Stuart, Milton of Birness, Ellon
 
CHAMPION PEN OF BUTCHERS LAMBS
Lot 27 – D Smith, Scobshaugh, Cortachy
 
RESERVE CHAMPION PEN OF BUTCHERS LAMBS
Lot 22 - W & D Moir Livestock, Home Farm Cairness
 
PEN OF LAMBS SIRED BY A BELTEX RAM
1st - Lot 5 - Seth Miller, The Lurg, Midmar
2nd - Lot 27 - D Smith, Scobshaugh, Cortachy
 
BEST PEN OF LAMBS FROM FIRST TIME EXHIBITOR
Lot 5 - Seth Miller, The Lurg, Midmar
 
BEST PRESENTED PEN OF LAMBS
Lot 22 - W & D Moir Livestock, Home Farm Cairness
 
BEST PEN OF LAMBS SIRED BY A CHAROLAIS RAM
Lot 19 - Alastair & Callum Naismith, Balmaleedie House
 
BEST PEN OF LAMBS SIRED BY A ROUGE RAM
Lot 25 - J E & Z Bywater, Corbanchory, Kildrummy
 
BEST PEN OF LAMBS SIRED BY A SUFFOLK RAM
Lot 13 - George L Stuart, Milltown of Birness, Ellon
 
BEST PEN OF LAMBS SIRED BY A TEXEL RAM
Lot 22 - W & D Moir, Home Farm Cairness