Netherley heifer is reserve champion

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Orkney farmer Lorne Rosie won the overall championship at Aberdeen & Northern Marts first store show and sale of the season at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.

Lorne, Quoybond, South Ronaldsay, won the Directors’ Perpetual Tray and £100 in the event, which was sponsored by machinery specialists Ravenhill. It was the first time he had entered a Thainstone event.

Show judge Grant Dinnie, Bridgeton, Alford, selected a home bred 24-month-old British Blue cross steer, weighing 550kgs as the winning animal. It sold for £1,260 to Angus Cumming, Tillydesk, Ellon.

The reserve champion and winner of the Generals’ Perpetual Tray was an 18-month-old home bred Charolais cross heifer, weighing 618kgs, from George and Don Anderson, Brucewells, Netherley, Stonehaven, which sold for £1,340 to Gordon Reid, Mill of Haulkerton, Laurencekirk.

The Boggartyhead Cup for the champion heifer went to Colin Stuart, Belnoe, Chapeltown, Ballindalloch, who was presented with the trophy by Irene Martin, the daughter of Stanley Marshall, who originally donated the cup in 1983.

Colin’s winning entry was a 13-month-old home bred Limousin cross heifer, weighing 436kgs, which sold for £1,150 to the judge Grant Dinnie.

There were 1,469 cattle sold with 834 bullocks averaging 225.3p to 288.4 per kg and £1,500 gross. A total of 635 heifers averaged 215p to 306.1p per kg and £1,550 gross.