INCREASED entries were forward for the annual Royal Northern Agricultural Society competition, which attracted some 29 crops of turnips and 13 of fodder beet entries.

Judged by Graeme Christie of event sponsor Murray Duguid Seed Merchants, the top honours in the turnip competition with a total of 52 points and a yield of 194.05 t/ha was Cairness Ltd, Home Farm, Cairness, Fraserburgh with a crop of Lomond.

The Scottish Farmer: Stewart Davidson, fodder beat championStewart Davidson, fodder beat champion

The business is run by brothers William and David Moir with parents John and Gillian and includes a beef suckler herd and flock of Mule ewes as well as cereal crops. The winning turnips, a new crop for the Moirs, will be grazed from now until lambing, then lifted and fed to ewes after lambing.

After early ploughing, the crop was sown on the flat in May and benefited from heavy rain followed by warm weather which allowed the crop to establish quickly. “The plants were well leafed early on and had filled the rows before the end of June. From then on, they never looked back,” said William.

The same Lomond variety, this time with a yield of 182.24 t/ha, won the reserve champion’s spot for William Ritch, East Fingask, Oldmeldrum with just one point separating the two top positions.

In the fodder beet section, the champion was grown by Stewart Davidson, West Cortiecram, Mintlaw who finishes 800 cattle and 2000 lambs annually as well as growing cereals, mainly for feeding and oilseed rape which is mostly sold locally.

His crop of Brigadier, grown for the third year, achieved a yield of 224.86 t/ha to win 50 points in the competition. Stewart favours the variety due to a lot of the bulb growing above ground, making it ideal for strip grazing lambs.

The Scottish Farmer: William and David Moi, Neep championWilliam and David Moi, Neep champion (Image: web)

Just two points behind were the joint reserve champions with 48 points each.

Colin Morrison, Nether Blairmaud, Cornhill, Banff recorded a yield of 100.17 t/ha with a crop of fielder while Brigadier from Arthur and Scott Duguid, North Cranna Farms, Aberchirder yielded 148.05 t/ha.

Commenting on this year’s turnout, competition judge Graeme Christie said: “There were more entries this year and the standard of crop was very good with some big yields.

“The management of weed control is improving every year and the quality was good across board.”

Leading Awards

Turnip results

LFA – 1, R Blackhall; 2, R and K Williams; 3, W Stewart.

NLFA – 1, Cairness Ltd; 2, William Ritch; 3, Cairness Ltd.

Best U30 – 1, Cairness Ltd; 2, Cairness Ltd.

Best yield – 1, Cairness Ltd; 2, Cairness Ltd; 3, William Ritch.

Best management – 1, Leslie Shepherd; 2, William Ritch; 3, WJ Morrison and Sons.

Fodder beet

LFA – 1, Arthur and Scott Duguid; 2, Gavin and Matthew Allardyce; 3, R and K Williams.

NLFA – 1, Stewart Davidson; 2, Colin Morrison; 3, William Ritch.

Best U30 – 1, Scott Duguid; 2, Lynne Stewart.

Best yield – 1, Stewart Davidson; 2, William Ritch; 3, Jonny Stewart.

Best management – 1, Colin Morrison; 2, Gavin and Matthew Allardyce; 3, R and K Williams.