A Limousin cross heifer from Harry Brown, Auchmaliddie Mains, Maud, secured the overall championship at the Aberdeen Christmas Classic, at Thainstone Centre.

The annual event saw 24 heifers average 282.5p per kg or £1739.70, while 20 steers levelled at 260.9p or £1702.04.

Supreme champion was Harry Brown’s 23-month-old home-bred heifer, by Culsh Invincible. She is out of a home-bred Limousin cross dam, weighed in at 615kg and sold to Forbes Raeburn Butchers, Huntly.

Forbes Raeburn Butchers also paid the second top price of £2400 for the native champion animal from David and Neil Work, Mains of Dumbreck, Udny, Ellon. This was a 622kg, April, 2019-born home-bred Aberdeen-Angus cross bullock by Sebay Jacobite R203, bred out of a home-bred Limousin cross dam.

Stewart Mackie Butchers, Aberlour, paid £2100 for the reserve champion, a Limousin cross heifer scaling 645kg from Blair Duffton and Rebecca Stuart of Huntly and Insch. She was born in June, 2018 and was bred by Ron Cruickshank, Little Kype Farm, Strathaven.

The champion lambs, home-bred Beltex crosses weighing 43.5kg from Ronnie Wilkie, Tillyboy, Echt, made £250 each selling to the judge Charlie Anderson, Nether Stenries, Dumfries, who was buying on behalf of HM Sheridan Butchers, Banchory and Ballater.

The reserve lambs, a pair of 54kg Texel crosses from Jacqueline Davidson, Southfield, New Deer, sold to the same buyers for £180 per life.

Top price amongst the lambs however was £260 paid for the Young Farmers’ champions from Lewis Gallier, The Sheiling, Daviot, Inverurie. This Beltex cross duo weighing 45kg sold online to Andrew Polson, Glenfinnan, Findon.

For full report and pictures see this week's Scottish Farmer