Entries are sought for next month’s Aberdeen Christmas Classic event.
The two-day event, which takes place on November 25-26 at the Thainstone Centre near Inverurie, is organised by Aberdeen and Northern Marts (ANM) in conjunction with the Aberdeen Fatstock Association.
It will include a showcase of leading prime cattle and sheep from across Scotland, as well as shows and sales of female pedigree sheep, pedigree beef bulls, and the Rising Stars exhibition calf show.
“We invite exhibitors to put forward their entries for a chance to participate in this prestigious agricultural event and compete for an array of trophies and attractive cash prize fund,” said ANM prime and cull cattle manager, Tim McDonald.
The deadline for pedigree cattle and sheep entries is Monday October 21. Entries for prime cattle and sheep will be accepted up until Monday November 11.
Judges confirmed for the event include Jamie Chapman of James Chapman Butchers, Wishaw, and Frank Yorke, Yorkes of Dundee, Dundee, for the open haltered cattle classes.
The open unhaltered beef cattle will be judged by Stewart Mackie of SA Mackie Butchers, Aberlour, while Anna Forsyth, WTS Forsyth and Sons Butchers, Peebles, will judge the Young Farmers’ haltered and unhaltered cattle and sheep.
Tom Hutcheon of JB Penman Butchers at Crail, Anstruther, will judge the open prime sheep, while Michael Durno, Auchorachan, Glenlivet, has the task of judging the Rising Stars exhibition calf show and best presented and paraded.
Northern Ireland breeder Mark Priestley of the Limestone Suffolk flock near Seaford, will head up the Suffolk females, while Texel females will be judged by Keith Parker, Wyrebeck, Longlane, Scorton, Preston. Local producer Alan Miller, Mid Lurg, Midmar, Inverurie, has been selected as the judge for the Beltex females.