Prime cattle and sheep showcase at Thainstone’s Christmas Classic



Exhibitors and buyers from all over Scotland flocked for the showcase of quality prime cattle and sheep displayed at the HSBC-sponsored 23rd annual Christmas Classic at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie this week.

In the haltered beef cattle class – judged by Jamie Scott, John Scott (Meat Paisley Ltd) and Scott Jarron (Scott Brothers Dundee) - Wilson Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, Monzie, Crieff claimed the overall champion title.  The 564kg Limousin cross heifer ‘Nifty Fantoosh’ sold for £3,000 to Forbes Raeburn Butcher, Huntly and the reserve champion – a 544kg Limousin cross heifer - from Harry Emslie, Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead sold for £2,600 to the judge Scott Jarron.

The Butchers’ Championship was taken by Blair Duffton & Rebecca Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly and the Limousin cross heifer ‘Saucy Flossy’ sold for £3,500 to Andrew Gordon Butchery and Fine Foods, Aberdeen.  The Butchers’ Reserve Champion ‘Holly’ was from H D Brown Jnr, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud, Peterhead and sold to the judge – Jamie Scott, John Scott Meat (Paisley) Ltd - for £2,500.

In the young farmers cattle section, judge John McIntosh declared the young farmers haltered beef champion as 582kg Limousin cross heifer ‘Pipsqueek’ from Craig Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran, Aultmore and the reserve, a 494kg Limousin cross steer ‘Andy Pandy’.  The champion sold for £3,600 to Ugie House Hotel, Keith and the reserve for £2,000 to Bruce of the Broch.

In the young farmers unhaltered  beef cattle section, Catherine Beaton, South Auchmaliddie, Maud took the championship title whilst Rebecca Stuart, Murrial, Insch claimed reserve champion. The champion 630kg Limousin cross heifer sold for £2,646 to Bruce of the Broch, Broad Street, Fraserburgh and 570kg reserve Limousin cross steer ‘The Bullet’ to B T Kitson Butcher’s, Hutton Rudby, Yarm, North Yorkshire for £1,510.50.

The Unhaltered Beef Championship, judged by Frank Ross, ABP (Perth) Ltd, went to F Walker & Co, Culfork, Alford and the 680kg champion Limousin heifer sold to Emslies Livestock, Mintlaw for £2,788.  The 650kg reserve champion Limousin steer from H D Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud, Peterhead realised £1,820 to the judge.

Quality prime lambs also went on show and sale as part of the Christmas Classic event, organised by Aberdeen & Northern Marts, in association with Aberdeen Fatstock Association – with the Beltex breed dominating the show.

Caithness breeder – and a regular Classic exhibitor – Mr Callum Angus, West Mey, Thurso had a triple win as judge Harry Wood (Bowland Foods, Preston, Lancashire) announced him as winner of the open champion pen of lambs, best presented pen of lambs of the show and also a special prize for best pen of lambs for his Beltex sired lambs.  The lambs sold for the top price of £280 per head to John Scott Meat (Paisley) Ltd.  Mr Angus also won the reserve champion pen of butcher’s lambs prize for his Beltex sired entry which realised £180 a head to Robert Rawlings, Cranleigh, Surrey.

Open reserve champion came from Alistair and Calum Naismith, Balmaleedie House, Grangehall, Marykirk for a pair of Beltex sired lambs selling for £180 each to the judge, Harry Wood.

The Butchers’ championship title was taken by Stuart Wood, Woolhillock, Skene, Aberdeen for his pair of Dutch Texel cross lambs – selling for £250 a head to John Scott (Meat Paisley Ltd). 

Sarah Balfour and Mark Robertson of Easter Fodderletter Farm in Tomintoul dominated the young farmers prime sheep competition – achieving both the champion and reserve titles.  The champion Beltex lambs were snapped up for £160 a head by Robert Rawlings with the reserve champion Beltex lambs achieving £110 each to Scotbeef (Inverurie) Ltd.

For a full list of prizes, please click here.

Prime Cattle averages:

57 cattle overall per head £1,766.16
23 steers £1,597.92
34 heifers £1,879.97

Per kilo overall 279p
Steers per kilo 252.1p
Heifers per kilo 298.2

Prime Sheep averages: 110 head sold to average £92.04 per head and £2.10 per kg