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New sponsors boosts RNAS Spring Show plans

By David Porter

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One of Scotland’s leading farming events has unveiled an upturn in support thanks to a clutch of new sponsors as plans forge ahead for the 2024 event on Wednesday, February 28.

Widely regarded as marking the beginning of the year’s agricultural events calendar, The Royal Northern Spring Show is held at the Thainstone Centre headquarters of the ANM Group, one of Scotland’s largest and most progressive producer-owned farming, food and finance businesses.

The one-day showcase will feature an array of trade stands plus competitions which attract some of the best cattle, sheep, horses and ponies from across the country.

These include a show of exhibition cattle supported by new sponsor JDW Agri Ltd and a show and sale of pedigree bulls hosted by Aberdeen & Northern Marts and sponsored by NorthLink Ferries.

RNAS senior vice president J. Cameron MacIver(left) and president Alan Cumming (right).
RNAS senior vice president J. Cameron MacIver(left) and president Alan Cumming (right).

The horse and pony section has also welcomed a new main sponsor in Donview Vets whilst Datamars Livestockhas recently joined the ranks as the main sponsor of the sheep.

In the carcase cattle section, GP Smart & Son has been welcomed as a new sponsor of on the hoof classes whilst Grampian Steel Services Ltd remain sponsor of the on the hook classes.

Meanwhile, George Duncan Agri Solutions will be the main sponsor for the hay and silage section.

Commenting on plans for the 2024 event, RNAS president Alan Cumming said: “The incessantly wet weather at the back end of last year made for a dismal end to 2023 for many within the sector, and we hope that this year’s Royal Northern Spring Show will be an excellent business and social

opportunity for the farming community to come together and get a new year off to a great start.

“We are delighted to welcome new sponsors to the fold, and we remain grateful to the many others who loyally support our event year after year. Thanks to them, along with our exhibitors, supporters, host venue and many others, things are shaping up for another good Show.”

Grant Rogerson, Chief Executive of the ANM Group said: “As the host venue for the RNAS Spring Show, we are delighted to welcome visitors from across the region to Thainstone every year.

"It is a pleasure to host this exceptional event, which brings together the best our industry has to offer and is an important showcase for the sector.”

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