Farmers turn out for Spring Show in blustery winter weather

Farmers braved the snow for the Royal Northern Spring Show

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.