Bonnykelly Jackpot tops 6,500gns at Spring Show


‘Bonnykelly Jackpot’ tops 6,500gns at Spring Show
First in class prize-winner ‘Bonnykelly Jackpot’ - a 16-month old Charolais bull from Mr R Leggat, Mormond Prop, New Pitsligo - achieved a sale topping price of 6,500gns whilst overall champion in the exhibition class achieved £6,000 at the Royal Northern Spring Show today at Thainstone. 
The Spring Show, organised by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS), saw Aberdeen & Northern Marts host its annual show and sale of over 100 pedigree bulls and 72 exhibition cattle - as part of the day which attracted buyers from Orkney to Devon to the event.  The outstanding line-up from leading North and North East of Scotland herds also stepped into the spotlight for a live web broadcast of the shows and sales.
Alan Hutcheon, Auction Operations Manager, said: "The Spring Show is a great opportunity for those in the sector to market their quality livestock – attracting visitors from near and far.  With the addition of live video broadcasts of our shows and sales, in real time, our members and customers can see and judge the quality of livestock from this region for themselves and bid and buy online with confidence."
Pedigree bull entries - sponsored by chartered accountants Williamson & Dunn and judged by Lee Coghill, Muce Farm, Birsay, Orkney - saw the overall and Charolais championship titles snapped up by Mr M J Massie, Mains of Elrick, Ellon with his 21-month old Charolais bull ‘Elrick Justice’ which went on to realise 5,000gns at auction to Mesr J J Gordon, Wellheads, Huntly.  Mr Massie also took the reserve champion title in the Charolais class for 20-month old ‘Elrick Jagger’ which sold for 4,800gns to H&J Riach, Barns, Crathes, Banchory. 
The Limousin championship went to Mr & Mrs S Irvine, Braehead, Drummuir for 20-month-old ‘Anside Jazz’ and reserve to Mr A G Howie, West Knock, Stuartfield for 21-month old ‘Knock Jumbo’.  The champion sold for 4,800gns to W M & C Alexander, Quintfall, Lyth, Wick while the reserve achieved 4,000gns to D & P Petrie, West Maldron, Torphins, Banchory later at sale.
Mr W J & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth took the champion and champion reserve titles in the Simmental Bulls class.  The 22-month-old champion ‘Corskie Faldo’ realised 4,500gns to H C & G Simpson, Midtown, Freswick, Wick and 20-month old ‘Corskie Fitzroy’ sold for 6,000gns to A & J Cormack, Ha Durran, Castletown, Thurso.
The winner of the Aberdeen Angus class was A J Norrie, Wrae Farm, Turriff with 23-month old ‘Wrae Brave Ballesteros’ realising 2,600gns to J Watson, 114 High Street, Laurencekirk.  The reserve champion was two-year old ‘Strathinver Master Beethoven’ from Mrs Wendy Willox, Home Farm, Druminnor which sold for 3,800gns to D Petrie & sons, Midtown, Strachan, Banchory.
The Any Other Breeds class saw 25-month old British Blue bull ‘ Aultmore Jacko’ from W J Patterson & Son, Upper Forgie, Aultmore take the title and sell for 5,400gns to the judge.  Reserve champion went to 31-month old ‘Rigel Cassio’ from Messrs Pye, Rigel Pedigree, Leven Fields, Middleton-On-Leven which achieved 3,200gns to I J Daniel & Partners, Hillhead, Strichen.
In the show and sale of exhibition cattle - sponsored by Stewart Trailers and judged by Andrew Ewing, Dumbretton Farm, Annan – the overall champion was declared as a 16-month old, 598kg, British Blue cross heifer from Emslies Livestock Ltd, Kinknockie, Mintlaw which went for the top price of £6,000 at auction to Aileen Ritchie, Tamala, Whitecairms. The reserve champion was 10-month old, 417kg, Limousin cross heifer ‘April Fool’ from W Robertson & Son, Fodderletter, Tomintoul.  In the bullock class, the champion was a one-year old, 506kg, Limousin cross steer from Donald Morrison, Cairn Nulla, Kinlochbervie and reserve champion bullock ‘Rodger the Dodger’ was from B Duffton & R Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly.
Other leading prices included £5,100 to G M Henderson, 8 Murrayfield, Castletown for a first in class Limousin cross heifer which sold to B Duffton; £2,700 each to J Robertson & Co, Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry for two Limousin cross heifers which sold to L Pidsley, Upton Ley Farm, Upton, Honiton and B Duffton; and £2,400 for a British Blue cross heifer from D Morrison, Cairn Nulla, Kinlochbervie sold to L Mitchell, Woodstock, Insch.

For show results and prices, please click here.