A crop of Bangor fodder beet has come out top in the Royal Northern Agricultural Society’s inaugural fodder beet growing contest.
The competition, which was sponsored by Sandy Duguid from Murray Duguid Seed Merchants in Oldmeldrum, attracted seven entries from the north. It was a new addition to the society’s annual turnip contest.
The winning crop was a 7.5-acre block of Bangor from Stewart Davidson, who farms with his grandfather Leslie and father Les at West Cortiecram, Mintlaw.
“This is our second year growing fodder beet,” said Stewart.
“The beet was in reasonably early – we planted it on April 25.
“It got rain not long after it got put in and plenty of muck.
“The field has been quite heavily grazed with sheep for the last five years.”
He said the crop will be used to strip graze some of the 1,800 lambs the family finishes every year.
Meanwhile, the reserve overall prize went to a crop of Blaze from the Ingram family – Willie and Carole and their children Gregor, Bruce and Amy – who farm at Logie Durno Farm, Pitcaple, near Inverurie.