Aberdeenshire breeders led the line up at the first of the breed shows at the Stirling Bull Sales, winning both the champion and reserve honours in the Aberdeen-Angus lines.

Judge, Tom Arnott, Haymount, found his champion in Glassel Farms' Glassel Jeremy Eric, a rising two-year-old from Keith and Claire Anderson and son Ian, from Banchory.

Backed by some of the best genetics in the breed, this big boy which first won the senior championship, is sired by Eastfield Jacobite, a former senior champion here purchased for 17,000gns. The dam, Glassel Julie Erica, is a daughter of Wedderlie Kansas, a bull that did particularly well for the 30-cow herd.

AJR Farms' Logie Defiance, owned by David Stubbs, who took over the 100-cow Logie herd from Ellon, almost two years ago, also had a good day, winning the junior championship and reserve overall. Producing a personal best for this herd managed by Andrew and James Reid, was a son of Rawburn Enoch, a bull that has bred sons to 10,000gns, while the dam, Logie Delia M200, a Netherallan Peter Pershore daughter, is bred from highly rated Skaill Delia X16, purchased for 16,000gns. He was second in his class at the Black Beauty Bonanza, last year.

Intermediate champion was Hamish Sclater's Deveron Exstatic, an embryo-born calf and the best bull bred from the Sclater's show winning Elize family from Denhead Farms, Turriff. First in his class at the Black Beauty Bonanza last year, this April 2017-born entry is bred from the Netherton Trendy Man daughter, Deveron Elize, which is also a grand-dam to last year's 10,500gns Deveron Eldon.

The Allen family's Stouphill Mr Peroni, from Humbleheugh, Alnwick, was another popular winner, lifting the reserve senior honours. Another April 2017-born bull, Mr Peroni is by Duncanziemere Jigsaw, a 7000gns purchase that last year produced three bulls to average £7700 for William and Kate Allen, son Dallas and daughter Ruth. The dam, Stouphill Merry Primrose, is by the home-bred sire, Stouphill Endeavour.

The equivalent amongst the intermediates was local breeder, Robbie Galloway's Cardona Jewel Eric, a similarly aged bull brought out by stockman Ewen Roberts (Chunky). Previously unshown, he is by Cardona Edwin, and out of Cardona Jeweliot Erica, a Nightingale Dunbar daughter.

Also making the short-leet was Neil and Graeme Massie's Blelack Lord Heartford, a May 2017-born bull from Dinnet, Aboyne, that scooped the blue and white sash in the juniors. He is the first bull to be sold by the privately purchased, Weeton Evolution, and out of Blelack Lady Heather which is a full sister to the 25,000gns Blelack Lord Hidalgo.

Female champion was the first heifer forward at Stirling from Ken and Margaret Howie's Cairnton herd from Banchory. Cairnton Elizabeth, a May 2017-born show heifer is by Haymount Walarlo and out of a previous home-bred Elizabeth by Blelack Evergreat.

For full report and pictures from the sale, see this week's Scottish Farmer.