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Quality shines out of adversity at carcase show

SCOTTISH FARMERS have been praised for beating the weather by again putting on a superb show of carcase cattle and sheep for the Scottish National Premier Meat Exhibition, run by the Scottish National Fatstock Club and Scotbeef.

Pictured are Martin Kennedy (left) and Roddy Thomson with their winning carcases
Pictured are Martin Kennedy (left) and Roddy Thomson with their winning carcases

Heading up the beef section in the 20th year of the competition was an Aberdeen-Angus cross steer from John Thompson, Smallburn, Morpeth, Northumberland. It killed out at 65.2% after weighing 378kg deadweight from a liveweight of 580kg – the grade was U+4L.

Brothers Sandy, Roddy and Hugh Thomson of Pitnacree, Strathtay, Perthshire, took the overall lamb championship with a three-quarter Beltex cross. This lamb killed out at 53.8%, with a live weight of 40.9kg and a deadweight of 22kg. The grade was E2 and it was also judged to be the best export-type lamb.

Reserve lamb carcase was another Beltex cross from Martin and Jane Kennedy, Lurgan, Aberfeldy. This was their best position in the show to date and it was for a 20.5kg deadweight lamb, which killed at a little over 50%, and had a grade of E3L.

See this week's The Scottish Farmer for full report and results, out December 1.

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