Fraser brothers steal the overwintered cattle show
Brothers, Ally and Grant Fraser from Easter Clune, Nairn have stolen the show at the Young Farmers’ Overwintered Cattle Show and Sale at Thainstone Centre – scooping the top price out of 44 animals sold in addition to the overall bullock, heifer, home bred and championship titles.
To celebrate the 25th year of the competition, a new ‘Calludrum Cup’ was introduced to emphasise the commercial aspects of livestock production. With a twist in its first year - due to a tie in the top points - the cup, cash prize and ‘Best Overwintered Animal’ title was jointly awarded to James MacIver Jnr, Wester Coltfield, Kinloss, Forres and Stuart Ross, Wardhead, Strichen, Fraserburgh for their overall achievements.
Landing the overall championship of the show was Ally Fraser with his 13-month old, 484kg, Limousin cross heifer - carefully selected by judge Graham Easton, The Ranch, Letham - which topped the sale at £3,400 to an undisclosed buyer in the south on the auction the day after the show. The steer champion came from Ally’s brother Grant – winning this title for the second year in a row – exhibiting an 11-month old, 452kg, Limousin which sold for £1,280 and went off to his new home with Emslie’s Livestock, Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead.
The annual event, sponsored by regional law firm Ledingham Chalmers and organised by Aberdeen & Northern Marts (part of the ANM Group), provides competitors with the chance to rear cattle over the winter months before showing them in friendly competition with their peers before selling at auction. North East young farmers – aged between 14 and 30 and affiliated with a young farmers’ club - gathered at Thainstone for the grand finale of the overwintered cattle competition on the evening of Thursday 23 March with the sale taking place the following morning.
Picking up the best presented and paraded animal rosette - under judge Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud – was Gary Morrison, Bush of Muldearie, Keith for his 11-month old, 446kg, Limousin heifer achieving the third highest price of £1,750 at auction to G Cameron, Newton Cottage, Acharacle, Argyll. The second highest price of the day (£2,400) was achieved twice; firstly to Darren Davidson, 8 Quarryhill, Keith for his 10-month old, 412kg, Limousin heifer to W Robertson, Fodderletter Farms, Tomintoul, Ballindalloch and then to Grant Morrison for his 10-month old, 400kg, Limousin heifer, to J J Duffton, Mains of Drumdollo, Drumblade, Huntly.
The home bred class was won again by Grant Fraser with his 422kg, 11-month old, Limousin cross heifer realising £1,280 again to A&J Matthew, Whitelums, Gartly, Huntly.
Stuart Ross, Wardhead, Strichen – entering the competition for his first year and picked up both the junior and novice awards – achieved first prize in eight classes in addition to sharing the new ‘Calladrum Cup’ with James MacIver Jnr.
Keith & District Young Farmer’s Club won best overall club again by acquiring the most points at this year’s competition.
Allan Collie, Partner in Ledingham Chalmers, said: “We are delighted to continue to support this tremendous event showcasing the skills from our regional young farmers. The quality entries for this week’s show and sale are unsurpassed.”
Alan Hutcheon, Auction Operations Manager for Aberdeen & Northern Marts, said: “We welcomed another impressive turnout and line-up of cattle to this year’s event which is testament to the agricultural community’s commitment to ensuring these events continue for this generation and the next."
View the full list of show results and prizes.