Aberdeen & Northern Marts’ Spectacular Show & Sale held on Wednesday 3rd September at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie saw calves in strong demand with Limousin-cross heifers leading the way at £3,800 apiece.
The top price of £3,800 was paid twice for a second prize Limousin-cross heifer by Procters Cavalier born February 2014 and scaling 314kg from Balfour Baillie, Sebay Cottage, Tankerness, Orkney, to IS Sinclair, 3 Clyth Mains, Occumster, Lybster, Caithness; and for another second prize Limousin-cross heifer D-ream born October 2013 and weighing 478kg by Haltcliffe Donny from Duncan and Grant Morrison, Newtack, Crossroads, Keith, to Blair Duffton, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly
Mr Baillie also claimed the third highest price, selling a third prize Limousin cross heifer by Loosebeare Fantastic at £3400, also to Mr Duffton.
Heifer judge was Stuart Clatworthy from Highbridge, Somerset with fellow judge, Tudur Edwards from Wales scrutinising the bullocks. The overall champion of the show and senior heifer was a Limousin-cross named Camera Shy, by the French sire, Atilla, from John Robertson and son, Craig, of Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry when selling for £1,800 to the heifer judge, Stuart Clatworthy, who also paid £1,900 for the reserve senior heifer by the Limousin sire Middledale Toronto from J & J Wilson, Wester Cairnglass, Gollanfield, Inverness.
The senior bullock champion, The Orcadian, a Limousin cross steer by Spittalton Barty from Gordon Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran, Aultmore, Keith, sold for £2,500 to Wattie Ritchie, Tamala, Burnside, Whitecairns, Aberdeen.
The Robertsons sold their reserve senior bullock champion, also by Atilla, at £1,700 to J & S Wareham, Heathfield, East Sussex, who also bought the junior champion, Unbelievable, a Limousin cross heifer by the French sire, Brian, at £1,500 from Andrew Anderson, Smallburn Farms, Duffus, Elgin.
This was followed at £3300 for a Limousin cross heifer calf, Mercedes, by Bailea Black BMW from Michael Robertson, Fodderletter Farms, Tomintoul, to Mr Harryman buying on behalf of an undisclosed English buyer.
Mr Baillie was in the money again when he sold a first prize Limousin cross heifer, Sweet Cheeks, by Dumbreck Explosion, at £3000 to J A Smith, The Rowans, Victoria Road, Brora, Sutherland, and the same price was obtained by Michael Durno, Auchorachan, Glenlivet, for a second prize Limousin cross steer, Bon Stot, by Bailea BMW, to an undisclosed i-bidder.
The champion junior bullock this March-born Limousin cross steer, Real McCoy 111, by Baileas Cavalier, was shown by J Munro and Son, Invercharron, Ardgay, Sutherland and realised £2,000 to Mr Sinclair, Caithness.
£2,500 was obtained for the reserve junior champion bullock, a home-bred Limousin cross steer by Haltcliffe Vermount from JS Baillie & Co, Sebay, Tankerness, Orkney. The buyers were A & J Gammie, Drumforber, Laurencekirk.
The unhaltered cattle champion, a Limousin cross heifer shown by Huntly butcher, Gary Raeburn, and bred by L & B George, Parrock, Rothiemay was purchased by Mr Clatworthy for £1,450.
The reserve junior heifer champion, a Limousin cross, Rhianna, by Maythorn Focker, shown by 13 year old Richard Davidson, Corsairtly Farms, Keith, sold for £1,300.
32 Heifers £1,801.56 (442.4p/kg)
25 Bullocks £1,653.33 (383.1p/kg)