Prices topped at £1,600 at yesterday’s show and sale of store cattle at Thainstone.
The top priced was achieved by the pre-sale show champion – a September-2013 born Limousin cross bullock from Gavin Greenlaw of Balgairn Farms, Ballater.
Weighing in at 672kg, the bullock was the only entry at the show and sale from Mr Greenlaw, who keeps 110 cows at home.
The beast, which is out of a homebred Belgian Blue cow, sold to Gordon Kemp, Waterside, Alford.
Standing in reserve at the show, which was judged by Colin Gregor of Skeibhill, Aberchrider, was an August-2014 born Limousin cross bullock from Michael Robertson at Fodderletter Farms, Tomintoul.
This 426kg beast is the first cross calf from the farm’s stock bull – Spittalton Gold – which was bought in Stirling two years ago for 6,800gn.
He found a home with Messrs Cowie of Cairnton, Fordyce, Banff, for £1,250.
Show judge Mr Gregor said: “It was a tremendous show of cattle with a good show of stores – the stores were difficult to judge.”
In all, Aberdeen and Northern Marts sold 668 bullocks and 507 heifers.
Auctioneer Tim McDonald last night said: “This event always attracts a high standard of livestock from throughout the north and north-east of Scotland. This year has been as impressive as ever with strong numbers coming through the ring here today.”
Bullocks averaged 250.8p per kg – up 20p on last year – while heifers averaged 243p per kg, which was up 24.2p on previously.