Strong entry of calves for Royal Northern Spring Show


SOME of the best commercial calves in the country will be forward for the Royal Northern Spring Show held in conjunction with Aberdeen and Northern Marts. 
The annual event, which takes place at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, on Wednesday 27 February, has attracted a strong entry of 60 calves from noted breeders. 
John and Craig Robertson from Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry, regularly dominate the show and sale, having scooped the supreme championship six times since 2010. Last year, they sold the top price animal at £7800 for their champion heifer and sold three others for £3500, £3100 and £2100. This year, the Robertsons have 12 calves entered including a full sister to last year's top price heifer. 
Other regular consignors who have strong entries for this year's event include eight calves from Mark and Debby Munro, Invercharron, Ardgay. The Munros have enjoyed numerous wins at Thainstone with calves and last year, sold their overall champion at the Spectacular show and sale for £4000. 
Keith-based commercial showmen, Gordon Hendry and sons, Craig and Jack, Heads of Auchinderran, have five calves entered for this year's show and sale, while other regular show winners, the Robertsons from Easter Fodderletter, Tomintoul, have four entered.
Huntly and Insch duo, Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart, will also return to this year's event with five calves, as will Ian Miller of Miller Farms, North Lurg, Midmar, who has four calves entered. Judging the commercial cattle entries will be well-known pedigree and commercial producer, Mrs Melanie Alford, Stapelgrove Mills, Staplegrove, Taunton. 
John Angus, head of livestock at Thainstone, said: "The livestock sale element of the Royal Northern Spring Show is a fast-growing part of the event and we are delighted to be working once again with the Royal Northern Agricultural Society. The Spring Show is now recongised as the number one place for buyers from near and far to come and source quality calves with further showing potential."