Aberdeen Christmas Classic

This year’s Aberdeen Christmas Classic held at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, will go ahead later this month as a non-spectator event with strict Covid-19 restrictions in place.

The annual event, organised by Aberdeen and Northern Marts in conjunction with the Aberdeen Fatstock Association, will now be held on the evening of Wednesday, November 25.

“The Aberdeen Fatstock Association committee is very pleased to be able to hold a reduced and condensed Aberdeen Christmas Classic in light of COVID-19,” said Ross Williams, chairman of Aberdeen Fatstock Association.

“We invite old and new exhibitors to put forward their entries to take part in this prestigious event which is regarded as Scotland’s premier show of prime animals. It is also a great opportunity for butchers and processors to buy the very best of Scottish beef and lamb.”

Mr Williams said that the event will be sponsored by the Aberdeen Fatstock Association and attracts a cash prize fund of more than £2000.

The show of unhaltered prime cattle and prime lambs will be held on Wednesday, November 25 at 7pm, with the sale being held on Thursday, November 26 alongside the firm’s weekly prime sales.

Online bidding will also be available through the Thainstone Online Platform, which provides real-time bidding across all of the firm’s livestock, machinery and equipment sales.

There will be classes for native and continental bred cattle, as well as the usual section for Young Farmers’ animals.

Two well-known finishing producers, who regularly buy animals at Thainstone, have been appointed as judges, with Bill Cameron, Burnside of Edingight, Grange, Keith, judging the cattle, and Charles Anderson, Nether Stenries, Carrutherstown, Dumfries, judging the sheep classes.

The annual sale of MV accredited sheep will be held on Monday, November 23 commencing at 4pm in Ring 3 with the Texels, followed immediately by Suffolk, Beltex, Blue Texel and other breeds of females in Ring 2.
Pre-sale viewing will be in place from 3.00pm-4.00pm.