The show season in Scotland for 2014 will kick off on Wednesday, February 26, at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, with the Royal Northern Spring Show which is traditionally the first show of the year in Scotland.
The show has been going from strength to strength in recent years and this year’s one-day event is set to break records yet again.
Trade stand space is completely sold out and 130 exhibitors will be presenting their wares at the show which attracts a huge attendance from all over the North and North-east of Scotland and further afield.
Organiser, Alison Argo, secretary of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society, reports that every corner of the extensive trade stand area, both inside and out, is taken up with trade stands for the popular show with regular exhibitors being joined by no fewer than 20 companies exhibiting at the show for the first time.
“The demand for trade stand space is a measure of the importance of the show to the agricultural supply trade and demonstrates that the spring show is an event where visitors do business,” said Mrs Argo.
“I could maybe fit in one or two smaller stands but all the extra space which Aberdeen and Northern Marts allocated for the show last year is taken up.”
Mrs Argo also pays tribute to all the sponsors who give the show tremendous support, particularly Stewart Trailers of Daviot, Inverurie, who are the sole sponsors of one of the most important livestock sections for exhibition cattle, and Grampian Steel Services, Greenford, Oldmeldrum, who have come in for the first time as main sponsor of the carcase cattle section.
Stewart Trailers’ Mandy Stewart said the show was widely recognised as one of the best events of its kind in the country and she and her husband, James, were delighted to recognise the support the North-east farming community had given their business over the years by sponsoring the cattle classes.
New show sponsor, Mrs Shona Coutts, general manager of Grampian Steel, said she shared the sentiments of Mr and Mrs Stewart in sponsoring the show.
“We supply a range of products, including fencing, roofing and steel buildings, to farmers and they have supported us very well over the years,” said Mrs Coutts. “We are delighted to put something back into the industry by sponsoring the carcase classes at the show.”
One of the major attractions of the show is the turn-out of beef cattle with many of the prize winners going on to win top honours during the summer show season and the Christmas prime stock shows.
There are also classes for carcase cattle and sheep, breeding sheep, cereals, roots, silage and hay and the horse and pony section has again attracted a large entry.
More than 100 bulls from the North-east’s leading Charolais, Limousin, Simmental and Aberdeen-Angus herds have been entered for Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ annual spring multi-breed show and sale which is an integral part of the show.
The show and sale is sponsored by Aberdeen chartered accountants, Williamson and Dunn, and is held under the auspices of the breed societies. The judge will be Allan Drysdale, Drimmie, Blairgowrie.
“With interest from Orkney to the Borders, we anticipate a strong trade for quality bulls in line with recent years,” said ANM deputy general manager, Alan Hutcheon.
Other sponsors include Feedmix, Harbro, SAC Consulting, Towns and Carnie, Zoetis, Don Valley Ltd, QMS, Trident Feeds, Groundwater Lift Trucks Ltd, Hamlyn Oats, Openfield, R M Welch and Son, George Duncan Agri Solutions, Sinclair Contractors, Strathbogie Saw Services and Charles Marshall.