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Royal Northern Spring Show: Sun shines for 6,000 visitors

The overall champion exhibition calf topped the sale at £4,600.
The overall champion exhibition calf topped the sale at £4,600.

The Royal Northern Spring Show welcomed 6,000 visitors to a sunny Thainstone Centre, near Inverurie, yesterday.

Organisers the Royal Northern Agricultural Society hailed a successful event following last year’s show when heavy snow resulted in a drop in visitors.

A key fixture of the event was the show and sale of exhibition cattle, judged by Melanie Alford of Foxhill Farm, Devon.

She awarded her overall champion prize to the leader from the heifer section – April 2018-born Limousin cross British Blue heifer I’ll Be There from Michael Robertson and family, Fodderletter Farms, Tomintoul. Bought at Stirling as a calf at foot from Messrs Raeburn, Basket Farm, Blantyre, she sold weighing 420kg for £4,600 to Rebecca Stuart, Murrial, Insch.

Next best at £4,300, selling to the judge, was the reserve overall and reserve heifer champion from John and Craig Robertson, Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry. This was an October 2017-born 484kg Limousin cross, by Naby, bought as a store at Stirling, from Willie Stevenson, Coilavulin.

Other leading prices included £2,300 for a May 2018-born Limousin cross heifer, by Fendt, from Anside Pedigree Livestock Ltd, Braehead Farm, Drummuir, Keith.

Weighing 374kg, she sold to Paton & Co, Knachly, Dykehead, Kirriemuir.

A July 2017-born Blue cross heifer from the Robertsons at Newton of Logierait made £2,000 to L Hopwood, Manchester.

Averages: Heifers, 25, £1,703.60; bullocks, 9, £1,221.11.

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