AN unplaced show heifer secured the overall championship at the Royal Northern Agricultural Society's Spring Show carcase competition, staged at Scotbeef, Inverurie.

The heifer, a British Blue cross from Gavin Ross, Wardhead, Strichen, was unplaced in the live ring or 'on the hoof' section, judged the previous day by James Muchalls, at the Spring Show. She produced a 410.4kg carcase that graded U+3.

Judge Eric Buchan, Torphins found his reserve winner in a Limousin cross steer from Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud that killed out at 374.6kg to produce a -U3 carcase. It was third in the live section, thereby giving Mr Brown the highest combined hoof and hook score of the competition.

Auchmaliddie Mains was back in the tickets, bagging the reserve heifer carcase honours with a British Blue cross that graded -U3 having weighed in 363.4kg deadweight.

The equivalent amongst the bullocks was won by a Limousin cross from W and J Cameron, Burnside of Edingight, Keith, that weighed 373kg and graded -U3.

The best killing out percentage of 67.3% was produced by the winners of the live section the previous day Blair Duffton, Rebecca Stuart and Steven Smith, The Byres. This win however was for another heifer.

Shona Milne, Parkdargue, Huntly, dominated the old season lamb carcase competition winning the champion and reserve honours with pairs of lightweight Beltex crosses. The champion duo weighed 21.8kg and 19.4kg deadweight and graded E3L while the reserve pair weighed 22kg and 20.5kg and also graded E3L.