Aberdeen Christmas Classic - Scotland’s Premier Two-Day Winter Event

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Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th November 2017

Scotland’s Premier Two-Day Winter Event - An Outstanding Selection Of Livestock From Many Of Scotland’s Leading Producers

2016 Champion Limousin & Overall Champion Bull Aultside Lord - Garry Patterson, Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith
2016 Open Champion Pair -D Smith, Scobshaugh, Cortachy - Beltex Cross
2016 Overall Champion- Prime Cattle - Blair Duffton & Rebecca Stuart, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly - Limousin Cross Heifer - Oucha Baby
2016 Pedigree Sheep - Suffolk Champion - George L Stuart, Milltown of Birness, Ellon

Annual Christmas Shows & Sales of Prime Cattle and Sheep Pedigree Bulls and Female Sheep
Rising Stars Calf Show Classes and Competitions for Young Farmers, Cast Sow Competition.

Online Bidding available at these sales using I-bidder.com - PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE.
Please send your animal photo's to alan.donald@anmgroup.co.uk with a reference linking your animal to the photo.

Accommodation - click here

Judges for the Christmas Classic 2017

Pedigree Female Sheep:
Texel – K Hourston, Skelbister, Orphir, Orkney
Suffolk – Robbie Innes, Crossburn, Keith
Beltex - Rory Machray, Bilboa, Daviot/p>

Open Prime Sheep:
Sam Carlisle, Border Meats, Lockerbie

Young Farmers Prime Sheep:
Sam Carlisle, Border Meats, Lockerbie

Haltered Beef Cattle & Butchers Classes:
James and Ross Allan, Malcolm Allan Ltd, Larbert, Stirling

Young Farmers Haltered Beef Cattle:
Jamie Scott, John Scott Meats (Paisley) Ltd, Paisley

Young Farmers Unhaltered Beef Cattle:
Jamie Scott, John Scott Meats (Paisley) Ltd, Paisley

Open Unhaltered Beef Cattle:
Ian Sim, Kincraig, Brechin

Rising Stars:
Wilson Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, Monzie, Crieff

Pedigree Cattle:
Wilson Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, Monzie, Crieff

Monday 27 November 2017 Programme of Events

11:30 Judging of Cast Sow Competition – in the Pens
14:00 Judging of Pedigree Texel, Suffolk, and Beltex Female Sheep. – Ring 2
15:45 Presentation of prizes of Pedigree Texel, Suffolk, and Beltex Female Sheep. – Ring 2
16:00 Sale of Pedigree Female Sheep. – Ring 2 (Online bidding)
18:00 Judging of Young Farmers Prime Sheep – Exchange
18:15 Judging of Young Farmers Prime Cattle followed by Rising Stars Calf Show - Exchange

Tuesday 28 November 2017 Programme of Events

08:30 Judging Unhaltered Prime Cattle – Exchange
08:30 Judging of Prime Sheep – Behind Ring 2
09:30 Judging of Haltered Prime Cattle – Exchange
11:30 Judging of Prime Pedigree Beef Bulls – Exchange
12:30 Parade Champions, Bulls, Rising Stars and Prime Cattle – Exchange
13:30 Presentation of Prizes – Ring 3
13:45 Sale of Prime Cattle and Sheep – Ring 3 (Online bidding cattle)
14:00 Sale of Pedigree Beef Bulls and Females – Ring 2 (Online bidding)
19:00 Young Farmers and Open Stock Judging Competition – Ring 2

View the shows & sales live here!

Key Contacts

Alan Hutcheon, Auction Operations Manager
Name: Alan Hutcheon F.I.A. (Scot.)
Title: Auction Operations Manager
Tel: 01467 623711
Mobile: 07801 186304
Email: Alan.Hutcheon@anmgroup.co.uk
John Angus, Store Breeding & Pedigree Cattle Manager
Name: John Angus F.I.A. (Scot.)
Title: Store Breeding & Pedigree Cattle Manager/Auctioneer
Mobile: 07801 186312
Email: John.Angus@anmgroup.co.uk
Colin Slessor, Sheep Sales Manager
Name: Colin Slessor F.I.A. (Scot.)
Title: Sheep Sales Manager/Auctioneer
Tel: 01467 623703
Mobile: 07808 182108
Email: Colin.Slessor@anmgroup.co.uk

Class Sponsors

The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, Pedigree House, 6 King’s Place, Perth

Our mission: To maximise the opportunity for the use of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus stock, resulting in improved profitability of members’ pedigree livestock enterprises.  Our goals: To increase consumer awareness and market demand for the Aberdeen-Angus brand; to increase the production of Aberdeen-Angus beef in line with consumer demand; to improve the efficiency of production and standard of Aberdeen-Angus cattle by evaluation and implementation of a planned breeding programme; to raise the skills and knowledge base of the Society’s members; to increase the cost effectiveness and range of member services; to develop a fully integrated youth development programme.
T: 01738 622477. E: info@aberdeen-angus.co.uk. Website www.aberdeen-angus.co.uk.
Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society

Blackadders LLP

Our Rural land and Business team, headed up by Petra Grunenberg, covers the whole of Scotland with offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth. The team recognises the particular needs and difficulties facing landowners, farmers and those with rural businesses in Scotland and we offer the full range of specialist legal advice of the highest quality, hand in hand with practical commercial solutions.
Our Director, Ellen Eunson is always happy to deal with any queries from our Aberdeen office or from our booth at Thainstone Mart (which is located on the ground floor in the corridor to the rings).
Blackadders LLP

Cheale Meats, Brentwood, Essex

With their modern specially equipped Sow abattoir, Cheale Meats Ltd, handles the majority of Scotland’s and England’s cull sows. Working with producers to maintain a regular supply of high quality Sow meat for export throughout European Union. Cheale Meats is the essential service for the UK’s pig breeders. Constantly seeking new markets and innovation in production, Cheale Meats is proud to consistently return the highest possible prices for producers. We have a reputation for high quality, high hygienic pork for premier brand products sold worldwide.  Cheale Meats and ANM are the proven marketing outlet for Scottish pig breeders.

East Coast Viners Animal Nutrition

Drumlithie-based East Coast Viners Animal Nutrition is one of Scotland’s largest family-owned animal feed compounding businesses, producing a wide range of feeds for all types of cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and game. ECV also supply straight feeds and minerals for the on-farm mixer. Full technical support and rationing provided.
East Coast Viners Animal Nutrition

Farmers Journal

Farmers Journal Scotland is a weekly farming news paper focusing on supporting our food producers through the latest news updates, market reports, specialist features and in-depth technical articles. We aim to give our readers a better technical understanding of how to get the most out of their farm while ensuring they know what is happening beyond the farm gate.
We cover the latest news along with real farmer writers giving their shared experiences of the challenges in farming. Plus every week we speak to the key influencers in the Scottish industry. Together with Aberdeen Northern Marts our Farm Profit Programme aims to improve the profitability of six family farms across the North of Scotland. We report what works and more importantly what doesn’t work on a weekly basis.
If you want to get more from your farm and keen on keep top of the issues affecting your business then call 01224 426 001 or 0141 301 1044 to subscribe.
Farmers Journal

Filpumps, Thainstone, Inverurie

With our own state of the art mobile drilling rig, retail store and dedicated sales and service department we are able to assist customers from all industries with various projects from beginning to end. Being the main agent for Permastore Slurry Stores we can supply and install tanks, mixers valves and heavy duty Chopper pumps. We also have access to industry leading manufacturers and therefore can offer customers supply, fit and commission all types of pumps and treatment systems, for drinking water, parlour and wash-down, and effluent and sewage waste. For more information please contact us on 01467 623010 or info@filpumps.co.uk.

GPH Builders Merchants Limited

GPH Builders Merchants Limited is the leading independent Builders Merchants in the North East of Scotland, proudly serving our customers for over 35 years.  With branches in Inverurie, Westhill, Stonehaven and coming to Ellon in Spring 2018, we supply high quality and competitively priced goods from reputable, innovative and brand-leading manufacturers. Our fleet of mechanical offload vehicles mean we can deliver all over Scotland.  We now stock a full range of Agricultural Fencing with 15 year guaranteed posts, huge range of Power Tools, Footwear and Workwear. Drop in past 6 days from 7am.
GPH Builders Merchants Limited

GWT Plant Hire Ltd

Based in Stonehaven, we cover all areas of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and beyond.
We specialise in all types of Groundcare and ATV machinery for both professional and domestic use.  GWT is an appointed service centre for Toro and TYM products and also a dealer for BRP CanAm Quad bikes and Kawasaki Mule.  GWT can carry out repairs on all types of machines on site and also in our fully equipped workshop.  We have a wide variety of machinery for sale for both professional and domestic use including- ride on mowers, push mowers, strimmers and hedge cutters, chainsaws, blowers - both new and used stock available.

Harbro Limited, Markethill, Turriff

Harbro’s Rumitech is making its mark in finishing diets by improving feed utilisation, feed efficiency and as a result, improving killing-out percentages. This unique additive works in several ways to increase feed efficiency by increasing the number of bugs in the rumen, reducing the amount of energy lost as methane and reducing the loss of protein as urea. This ultimately leads to better digestion and better retention of energy and protein. Rumitech is available exclusively from Harbro for use finishing diets through inclusion in Grampian Minerals, Champion concentrates or finishing compounds, Beefstock and Elitestock nuts.
Harbro Limited, Markethill, Turriff

HRN Tractors Ltd., South Road, Insch

Nothing runs like a Deere. HRN are the main dealers in Scotland for the John Deere range of tractors and farm machinery. They now cover from Perthshire up to Caithness with depots at Insch, Turriff, Muir of Ord. Kinloss, Caithness & Balbeggie. All depots stock a full range of machinery and spares and are staffed by factory-trained engineers. Have no fear, buy John Deere.
HRN Tractors Ltd., South Road, Insch

Keenan Recycling

Keenan Recycling is the largest Organics Collection and Recycling company in Scotland with bases in New Deer,Linlithgow, Cumbernauld, Fife and Edinburgh. The Agricultural side of the business is a member of The Scottish NFU and sells over 50,000 tonnes of soil improver/fertiliser to farms in Aberdeenshire and Moray. With over 70 Customers many of longstanding, Keenan Recycling is making a significant contribution to farmers efforts to increase yields, cut costs and improve soils.

The beneficial effects of replacing a significant proportion of imported chemical fertilisers, some with undesirable side effects, with home produced natural organic soil improver/fertiliser is in the process of being recognised across The European Union. This proposal is also likely to reduce the choice of imported products that are acceptable hence making them more expensive. Keenan Recycling is well placed to provide farmers with an attractive alternative to more costly imported chemical products. These proposals if implemented will mean that the EU formally recognises our BSI PAS 100 Compost as a Fertiliser. The Company is preparing for this by ensuring that expert qualified advice will be available to our customers to take advantage of any new Regulations.
Keenan Recycling

Kintore Trophy Centre, 47 High Street, Inverurie

Kintore Trophy Centre is a long-established family business specialising in the supply of trophies, cups, shields, quaichs and other presentation items for show societies, sports clubs, etc., with a prompt engraving service. Also gift items and glassware.
Kintore Trophy Centre, 47 High Street, Inverurie

A C Morrison & Richards

The firm of A.C. Morrison & Richards was founded in 1918 and has operated from its prestigious premises in Bon-Accord Crescent since 1930.The firm has its roots in traditional areas of Law such as House Purchase and Sale, Trusts and Executries, Mortgage Procuration and Agricultural Law, Commercial Property, Company and Partnership Work. The firm prides itself in the fact that all clients can be assured that their business will be dealt with by a Partner or senior member of staff in the firm and contact with that person will be maintained from commencement through to completion of the work.
A C Morrison & Richards

Murray Duguid Ltd

Murray Duguid Ltd was established in 1982 and operates from our premises in Oldmeldrum situated in the heart of Aberdeenshire. We are Independent seed merchants specialising in a wide range of Grass Seed Mixtures which are blended, packed and distributed from our warehouse in Oldmeldrum.
As a privately owned company we are able source a wider range of varieties ensuring our mixtures are of the highest quality giving our customers the best performance from their grass. As well as the extensive range of stock mixtures customers individual mixtures can be prescribed and readily supplied to suit any situation.
We also offer a fully comprehensive range of fodder crops and vegetables including swedes, turnips, fodder rape and kales, game cover and conservation mixtures along with a full range of cereals and oil seeds.
Murray Duguid

Natural Stockcare Ltd, Unit 1b Willows business Centre, Ryton Industrial Estate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Here at Natural Stockcare Ltd we have been the forerunners of liquid nutrition for near on 40 years! Using natural and very high value materials. We are always at the forefront of developing new products to help with ever demanding pressures on the young and newborn calves and lambs!
It usually takes three years plus to bring these products onto market, as we prove everything on various farms before releasing.
At Stockcare we pride ourselves on being the leading suppliers of nutrition to the pedigree and commercial showing and sale market.
You Breed we help Feed.  
Natural Stockcare Ltd, Unit 1b Willows business Centre, Ryton Industrial Estate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

NFU Mutual

NFU Mutual

R & G Donald Agricultural Engineering Ltd

We are a family run business that specialize in repairs and sales of agricultural machinery, quad bikes and the hire of Ktwo muckspreaders.
Agents for Yamaha Quad Bikes, Ktwo Machinery and Exol Oil.

Robert Niven Electrical, Inveroyne, Oyne, Insch

We have over 40 years electrical experience 28 of which have been in association with Aberdeen & Northern Marts.
Robert Niven Electrical also enjoy working with the oil engineering services, portal frame steel buildings, town shop, agricultural environment with agricultural service companies, domestic with experience with the new S I P panel environmental eco-friendly kit houses and office blocks.  We are pleased to be asked to participate at the Christmas Classic again and wish to convey our kin-ship with the mart.

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), The Rural Centre, Ingliston, Newbridge, EH28 8NZ

QMS works to support the development of a sustainable and prospering Scottish red meat industry. In addition to marketing activities undertaken for Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork, QMS’s industry development team works on a range of projects aimed at improving the bottom line of livestock enterprises. QMS runs the whole-chain, whole-of-life quality assurance schemes which underpin the brands. It also has an economics services team which ensures the industry benefits from up-to-date information and undertakes a programme of health and education activity in schools to communicate the importance of red meat in a healthy diet. Further information is available at www.qmscotland.co.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


The Royal Northern Agricultural Society was founded in 1843 by progressive farmers and landowners in the North-east of Scotland which is an area renowned throughout the world for the quality of its livestock and stockmanship.  The Society has enjoyed Royal patronage for more than 150 years and our current Patron, HRH Princess Royal, regularly attends the Society's flagship event, the Royal Northern Spring Show, which is held at Thainstone Centre at the end of February/March each year. The Society's mission statement is to "improve agricultural production and the rural economy in all its branches" and plays an important educational role, particularly in the encouragement of the younger generation to learn about farming, food production and the countryside. 

Scottish Beef Association

The Scottish Beef Association (SBA) is the dedicated voice for the Scottish Beef Industry. It represents the industry and works with other stakeholders across Scotland, the UK and Europe to promote our industry and secure the best outcomes for its members.
We are committed to influencing and shaping the structure and business environment in which our industry works.
The many benefits of membership include: - Representation at government and other stakeholder organisations; Weekly newsletter (via e-mail); The Beef Farmer magazine (quarterly); Technical information updates; Industry events; Market information.
Duncan Todd, Secretary: - E-mail: duncan@agment.co.uk;
Tel: 07734 812704
Scottish Beef Association

Station Garage, Craigour Road, Torphins and Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen

Locally owned Station Garage has held the Mitsubishi franchise for the Grampian region since July, 2000, offering full dealer facilities at both sites.
The current Mitsubishi range features the class leading L200 Series 5 pick-up; Shogun LWB and SWB; Outlander SUV plug-in hybrid or diesel; ASX crossover with 2WD or 4WD, and the Mirage supermini. Scrappage allowance on selected vehicles, along with Finance deals including, 3-years no deposit 0% Apr, 5.9% APR PCP which have up to £2,750 deposit contribution. Coming soon, the Eclipse Cross SUV and Shogun Sport 7-seat SUV.
We also offer a good selection of used cars, 4x4s and pick-ups.
Call 013398 82326 or 01224 685000, or visit www.station-garage.co.uk
Station Garage, Craigour Road, Torphins and Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen

Tawse Tyre Co Ltd, Harlaw Road, Inverurie

We are coming up to six years in our new premises and are completely settled in now. We are sticking to our core business with tyres, exhausts and batteries, but we have introduced wheel alignment to our stable. This has been long awaited by customers. We have installed a Hunter wheel Aligner which in the trade is considered the best.
Graham Tawse.
Telephone 01467-621460. Fax 01467-620359. www.tawse.co.uk.
Tawse Tyre Co Ltd, Harlaw Road, Inverurie

Towns & Carnie Ltd, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie

Towns & Carnie Ltd was established in 1982 by Gordon Towns and Sandy Carnie.  They moved from Aberdeen to Thainstone in 1990 when Aberdeen & Northern Marts opened and, although the core business is animal health products, the company also supplies feeds and blocks for cattle and sheep, a range of dog foods, work wear, etc.  Working from three premises at Thainstone, Turriff and Huntly, Towns & Carnie Ltd is the leading supplier of sheep and cattle tags in the North east, as well as being sole distributors of the Masterject long range injectors.
Towns & Carnie Ltd, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie


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