Sil­ver ju­bilee Christ­mas Clas­sic set to be cracker

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - FARMING -

En­try forms and sched­ules have been sent out this week­end to live­stock ex­hibitors wish­ing to show at the Aberdeen Christ­mas Clas­sic.

The event takes place at the Thain­stone Cen­tre, In­verurie, on Mon­day, Novem­ber 27, and Tues­day, Novem­ber 28.

This year marks the 25th an­niver­sary of the event and spe­cial sil­ver ju­bilee quaichs are be­ing com­mis­sioned to present to all cham­pi­onship win­ners and judges at the show and sale.

The event is ex­pected to at­tract a large en­try of prime cat­tle and sheep and pedi­gree beef bulls and Texel, Suf­folk and Bel­tex sheep, as well as en­tries for the Ris­ing Stars Ex­hi­bi­tion Calf Show.

Since its inau­gu­ra­tion in 1992 the Clas­sic – or­gan­ised by Aberdeen and North­ern Marts in con­junc­tion with the Aberdeen Fat­stock As­so­ci­a­tion – has earned an en­vi­able rep­u­ta­tion for the high qual­ity of stock pa­raded by ex­hibitors.

The event was con­ceived by the amal­ga­ma­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Christ­mas fat­stock show held at the old mart in Aberdeen and sim­i­lar shows held by ANM at sev­eral re­gional marts prior to the open­ing of the Thain­stone Cen­tre at In­verurie.

The as­so­ci­a­tion with the city of Aberdeen is main­tained by the at­ten­dance of the Lord Provost to present the Aberdeen Cor­pora- tion tro­phy for the cham­pion hal­tered beef an­i­mal. Main spon­sor of the event for the sec­ond year run­ning is NorthLink Fer­ries which ships thou­sands of cat­tle and sheep from Orkney and Shet­land to Aberdeen.

“We are very happy to again sup­port the ANM Christ­mas Clas­sic, par­tic­u­larly in cel­e­brat­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of this premier live­stock event and look for­ward to build­ing on our pres­ence last year when we were able to meet many of our cus­tomers,” said NorthLink Fer­ries man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Stu­art Gar­rett.

ANM Group ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor John Gre­gor said he was de­lighted NorthLink fer­ries was con­tin­u­ing as main spon­sor.

He said: “We look for­ward to what prom­ises to be a spec­tac­u­lar two days of shows and sales.”

Re­turn­ing to judge the beef cat­tle this year will be lead­ing meat wholesaler, James Al­lan, of Mal­colm Al­lan, Falkirk, who will be as­sisted by his son Ross. The sheep will be judged by Sam Carlisle of Bor­der Meats Locker­bie, and the young farm­ers’ cat­tle by Jamie Scott of John Scott Meats, Pais­ley.

En­tries for pedi­gree stock must be sub­mit­ted by Oc­to­ber 23. The dead­line for prime­stock, young farm­ers and ris­ing stars en­tries is Novem­ber 13.

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