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Judges revealed for 2021 Aberdeen Christmas Classic


By David Porter

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The judges have been revealed for this year’s Aberdeen Christmas Classic, due to take place on Monday, November 29 and Tuesday, 30 at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.

The two-day event, organised by Aberdeen and Northern Marts, in conjunction with the Aberdeen Fatstock Association, and sponsored by Rapid Project Development (RPD), attracts the very best of prime and pedigree stock from across Scotland.

Taking on the task of judging the open haltered beef and butchers’ cattle is Jamie Scott of John Scott Meats, Paisley, and Louise Forsyth of Forsyth Butchers, Peebles.

Bill Cameron, Burnside of Edingight, Grange, Keith, will judge the open unhaltered cattle section, while Aileen Ingram, East Comalegy, Drumblade, Huntly, will head up the Young Farmers’ haltered and unhaltered cattle, as well as the Young Farmers’ best presented and paraded competition.

In the sheep, Jimmy Stark from Bluebell, Alton Farm, Milton of Campsie, will judge the open and Young Farmers’ classes.

Three judges have been appointed for the pedigree sheep classes held on the Monday evening, to include Jordan Green, Drumburn, Keith, for the Beltex; David Delday, Quoy Belloch, Deerness, Orkney, for the Suffolks; and Brian MacTaggart, Douganhill, Orchardton Mains, Castle Douglas, for the Texels.

Meanwhile, Cameron Sinclair, Brewthin, Cullerlie, Skene, will judge this year’s Rising Stars exhibition calf show held on the Monday evening.

With the entry closing date fast approaching on November 8th for prime, Young Farmers and Rising Stars sections, ANM prime and cull livestock manager, Tim McDonald, encourages exhibitors to get their entries in quickly.

“The Aberdeen Christmas Classic is just around the corner and promises to feature another line-up of top-quality stock,” he said.

“After a difficult period of no shows and a condensed Christmas Classic last year, we are really looking forward to welcoming exhibitors and spectators back to the Exchange Hall this year to participate and compete for an array of trophies and cash prize fund.

“This premier event is the perfect opportunity to get back into the show ring and demonstrate the high standard of prime cattle and sheep produced here in Scotland.”


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