Trade reaches £2600 at 30th anniversary show and sale of store cattle at Thainstone


Trade reached a top of £2600 at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ 30th anniversary show and sale of store cattle on Friday, January 3.
Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ head of livestock John Angus, said: “Our 30th anniversary show and sale attracted a tremendous show of stock which sold to a packed ringside of active buyers, with trade surpassing sellers’ expectations.”
Sale leader was a 21-month-old British Blue cross heifer from brothers William and David Moir of Moir Livestock, Newmill of Rathen, Fraserburgh, who sold 69 heifers to average 280p per kg.
Weighing 610kg, their sale topper was an unshown heifer bred by A MacDonald, The Ess, Carrbridge, which sold to Gordon Cameron, Newton Cottage, Acharacle, Argyll.
Two other Limousin cross heifers from Moir Livestock made £2050 apiece when sold to Gary Bell, Haaside, Lockerbie, while another sold for £2000 to A and E Neachell and Son, Shrubbery Farm, Aldridge, Staffordshire.
The champion in the pre-sale show, sponsored by Thomson of Sauchen, was awarded to a 24-month-old Limousin cross heifer from Steven Smith, The Byre, Sunnyhill Croft, Turriff.
Tapped out by judges Gavin and Stuart Ross, Wardhead, Strichen, was a 668kg heifer bred by George Jack, Woodend, Killearnan, Muir of Ord, which later sold for £1600 to J Gordon and Co, Waterside of Forbes, Alford.  
The reserve honours went to a 21-month-old Charolais cross heifer weighing 654kg from Moir Livestock.
This was a heifer bred by A Smith, The Leys, Tarland, Aboyne, which made £1700 when purchased by Mark Baxter, The Bungalow, Troup Home Farm, Gamrie, Banff.
AC Fotheringham, Ballinloan, Dunkeld, Perth, stood champion in the home-bred section with a 14-month-old Limousin cross heifer. Weighing 488kg, she sold for £1240 to Walter Dandie and Sons, Learielaw, Broxburn.
Meanwhile, proceeds from a 16-month-old Charolais cross heifer from Malcolm Allan, Uppermill Farms, Kintore, were donated to north-east cancer charity Friends of Anchor. She sold for £1000 to judge Gavin Ross, Wardhead, Strichen.
Junior bullock - 1 – AC Fotheringham, Ballinloan, 486kg, £1135; 2, A & A Wright, Lagaviach, Glenlivet, 346kg, £1000; 3, A & A Wright, Lagavaich, 426kg, £1050.
Senior bullock – 1, Moir Livestock, Newmill, Rathen, Fraserburgh, 656kg, £1310; 2, W and D Moir Livestock, 586kg, £1290; 3, W and D Moir Livestock, 620kg, £1350.
Junior heifer – 1, AC Fotheringham, 488kg, £1240; 2, W and D Moir Livestock, 562kg, £1480; 3, R Wright, Woodend Croft, Clovullin, Ardgour, Fort William, 234kg, £820.   
Senior heifer – 1, S Smith, The Byre, Sunnyhill Croft, Turriff, 668kg, £1600; 2, W and D Moir Livestock, 654kg, £1750; 3, W and D Moir Livestock, 604kg, £1950.
Pair of bullocks – 1, Uppermill Farms Ltd, Springburn, Kintore, 460kg, £1090; 2, Alexander Farms Ltd, Clunychrichton, Banchory, 602kg, £1275; 3, C Smith, Bongentassie, Lumphanan, 512kg, £1140.
Pair of heifers – 1, W and D Moir Livestock, 598kg, £1600; 2, AC Fotheringham, 492kg, £1130; 3, W and D Moir Livestock, 528kg, £1780.
Pen of four bullocks – 1, Alexander Farms, 638kg, £1290; 2, Uppermill Farms,462kg, £1050; 3, Alexander Farms, 540kg, £1150.
Pen of four heifers – 1, W and D Moir Livestock, 590kg, £2175 (average); 2, C Smith, Bogentassie, 558kg, £1200; 3, AC Fotheringham, 408kg, £1035.
Champion – S Smith, The Byre, 668kg, £1600.
Reserve champion – W and D Moir Livestock, 654kg, £1700.
Home-bred champion – AC Fotheringham, 488kg, £1240.
Champion pair – W and D Moir Livestock, 598kg, £1600.