Snow failed to deter farmers from attending the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone, Inverurie, yesterday.
The main results were:
Exhibition cattle: Overall and heifer champion: J. Robertson and Co, Newton of Logierait, Ballinluig, with a 376kg Limousin cross. Reserve overall and reserve heifer: William Moir, Home Farm, Fraserburgh, with a 448kg British Blue cross, Magic Mojo.
Bullock champion: James McConachie and Son, Lethendry, Grantown, with a 390kg Limousin cross, Mr Muscle. Reserve bullock: Mark Robertson, Fodderletter, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch, with a 480kg British Blue cross, Gordy.
Prime hoggs on the hoof: Roddy Thomson, West Park, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, with a pair of light Beltex cross hoggs, by a Tiree tup and out of a Beltex cross ewe. Reserve: Roddy Thomson with a pair of heavy Beltex cross hoggs, with the same breeding as the champion pair.
Breeding sheep: Harry Sleigh, St John’s Wells, Fyvie, with a pen of three Half-bred hoggs bought in Caithness. shown by Harry’s 17-year-old son Stewart, two were bought from the Millers of Aimster and one was from Fiona Anderson, Overton. Reserve: John Gordon, Wellheads, Huntly, with a pen of three Mule hoggs.
Charolais: Andrew Reid, Knockdhu, Hill of Logie, Ellon, with Foundland Magistrate, by Clyth Diplomat. Reserve: Jock Wilson and Sons, Kinclune, Glenkindie, Alford, with Kinclune Marco, by Beechtree George.
Limousin: Harry and Lynwen Emslie, Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead, with Emslies Messi, by Emslies Gladiator. Reserve: Andrew Gammie, Drumforber, Laurencekirk, with Westpit Milton, by Jalex Itsallgood.
Simmental: Anne Macpherson, Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness, with Blackford Hero, by Kilbride Farm Doubleaction. Reserve: Stewart Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, with Islavale Stronach, by Gretnahouse Supersonic.
Aberdeen-Angus: Neil Wattie, Mains of Tonley, Alford, with Tonley Kane, by SRV Hedebo Knobel. Reserve: AJR Farms, Milton of Collieston, Ellon, with Logie Dividend, by Logie Electric.
Salers: Gill and Malcolm Pye, Rednock House, Port of Menteith, Stirling, with Rednock Leontes, by Rigel Verdun. Reserve: Rigel Pedigree, Leven Fields, Middleton of Leven, Yarm, with Rigel Lancia, by Rigel Tybalt.
Overall champion: Harry and Lynwen Emslie with Limousin bull Emslies Messi.
Bullock: Alexander G. Douglas, Crimonmogate Mains, Lonmay, Fraserburgh, with a Limousin cross. Reserve: D.A. and V.A. Buchan, Nether Savoch, Longside, Peterhead.
Heifer: D. Work and Son, Mains of Dumbreck, Udny, Ellon, with a Lmousin cross. Reserve: Bill Cameron, Burnside, Edingight, Grange, Keith, with a Limousin cross.
Overall champion: Alexander G. Douglas. Reserve: D. Work and Son.
Seed barley: George Wilson, Turtory, Bridge of Marnoch, Huntly, with Laureate. Reserve: W. Sharp and Son, Castleton Farm, King Edward, Banff, with Laureate.
Malting barley: Robert D. Allan, Burnside Farm, Fordyce, Banff, with Concerto. Reserve: E. Benzie and Son, Gairnieston, Turriff, with Chronicle.
Milling oats: W. and W. A. Bruce, Milton Farm, Halkirk, Caithness, with Aspen. Reserve: George Campbell (Farmers), Thurdistoft Farm, Castletown, Caithness, with Aspen.
Winter wheat: Dick of Throsk, Mains of Throsk Farm, Stirling, with Beluga. Reserve: Drumchapel Estate Co, Chapelton of Menmuir, Brechin, withLeeds.
Overall champion: Robert D. Allan, Burnside Farm, Fordyce, Banff, with Concerto malting barley. Reserve: W. and W. A. Bruce, Milton Farm, Halkirk, Caithness, with Aspen milling oats.
Potatoes: D. L. Simpson, Millmoss Nurseries, Turriff, with Pixie. Reserve: George Cumming, 2 Sclattie Circle, Bucksburn, with Winston.
Turnips: David J. Ker, Broomton, Auldearn, Nairn, with Invitation. Reserve: J. and E. Forester, Aldie Farm, Cruden Bay, Peterhead, with Doon Major.
Silage and hay
Silage: Thomas E. Jackson, Boghead, Lumsden, Huntly. Reserve: John Sim, Rorandle Farm, Monymusk, Inverurie.
Hay: Andrew Simmers, Ardmedden, Oldmeldrum. Reserve: W. and A. Stephen, Balquhindachy, Turriff.