A Charolais cross heifer from Tommy and Stuart Leslie, Quoymorhouse, Orkney, topped the show and sale of store cattle at Thainstone. This 19-month-old weighed in at 564kg and was bought by Backmuir Livestock, Keith.

Taking the championship was Nick Robertson of Northton, Echt, with a 12-month-old bullock by Grahams Capricorn, out of a Limousin cross cow. Scaling 542kg, it sold for £1220, again to Backmuir.

The reserve honours went to an 11-month-old Limousin cross bullock weighing 436kg from AC Fotheringham, Ballinloan, Dunkeld, which made £1100 to the judge, Bruce Walker of Old Rayne.

The 851 steers averaged 227.7p per kg, while 710 heifers level at 227.1p and 17 bulls cashed in at 203.7p.

LEADINGawards:

Bullocks – Single light – 1 and reserve, AC Fotheringham, Ballinloan, Dunkeld; 2, E Charlton, Welton of Creuchies, Bridge of Cally; 3, C and J Hendry, Craibstone, Deskford. Single heavy bullock – 1 and champion, N Robertson, Northton, Cullerlie; 2, I Murray, Doonbye, Glassel; 3, AC Fotheringham, Ballinloan. Pair – 1, AC Fotheringham, Ballinloan; 2, AC Fotheringham, Ballinloan; 3, EJ and IM Macarthur, Newton Budgate, Cawdor. Pen of four – 1, FA Smart and Son, Easter Tolmauds, Tornaveen; 2, EJ and IM Macarthur, Newton Budgate; 3, G Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran.

Heifers – Single light – 1, E Charlton, Welton of Creuchies; 2, G Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran, Keith; 3, Miller Farms, North Lurg, Midmar. Single heifer – 1 and best heifer, T and J Leslie, Quoymorhouse, Balfourl 2, W and D Moir Livestock, Newmill; 3, AC Fotheringham, Ballinloan. Pair – 1, EJ and IM Macarthur, Newton Budgate; 2, G Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran. Pen of four – 1, AC Fotheringham, Ballinloan; 2, G Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran.

Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts