Young farmers are preparing for a winter competition in Thainstone

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The annual Junior Farmers Competition, jointly hosted by Aberdeen and Northern March and the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC), will take place at the Thynston Centre, Inverurie on Thursday, 23rd March, followed by a sale on Friday the 24th.

Hannah Lorimer, Cadgerford, Kingswells, has won the 2022 Calladrum Trophy for best animal that survives winter.
Hannah Lorimer, Cadgerford, Kingswells, has won the 2022 Calladrum Trophy for best animal that survives winter.

The aim of the competition is to encourage small farmers to participate in the purchase and sale of livestock through the live auction system, and in particular to practice the art of stock management in the tasks of selecting, feeding, presenting and displaying animals for display and auction.

Small farmers have the opportunity to buy livestock at the fall sales, and feed them through the winter with a main part of the competition covering the commercial aspects of production in the margin nutrient and daily weight gainer categories.

Young farmers from all over the North of Scotland will compete to win the Calladrum Cup and take part in categories such as Best Quality Animal, Best Animal Show and Top

Mean Daily Live Weight Gain, Highest Nutrient Margin, Best Winter Liver, Junior Award, Junior Farmer Award, and Young Farmer Club Award.

Over 30 exhibitors are set to take part in this year’s competition, which is sponsored by Leadingham Chalmers, with a total of 86 calves entering the event including 47 cows and 39 bulls.

The show will take place from 7pm on Thursday the 23rd with Tommy Taylor of Heathery Hall Farm, Biggar will start judging entries and the sale will start at 9am on Friday the 24th.

Aberdeen and Northern Marts auctioneer Scott Chapman said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event at Thainstone and great to see such a strong entry going forward.

“Exhibitors from Young Farmers Clubs across the North worked hard during the winter months to prepare stock for the show.

“The Winter Contest provides a platform for young cattlemen to display and showcase their livestock, as well as the opportunity to sell at the live paddock.”

At last year’s event the winner of the Calladrum Cup for best winter animal was Hannah Lorimer, Cadgerford, Kingswells and the highest price of £3,200 was achieved for a 13-month-old British blue cross wheel from Finn Christie, from Garioch YFC, Newton from Balquhain, pitcable.

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