Princess Royal to the Spring Show

Princess Anne si attending the Royal Northern Spring Show
Princess Anne si attending the Royal Northern Spring Show

The Princess Royal will be attending the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie later this month.

Her Royal Highness is Patron of the Society and this will be the fourth time she has attended the show since succeeding Her Majesty, the Queen, as Patron in 1995.

“We are delighted that the Princess Royal will again be honouring us with her presence at the Society’s flagship event,” said SAC lecturer, Jim Marr, who is president of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society.

“Her Royal Highness takes a keen interest in the activities of the Society and has impressed everyone she has met on previous visits with her enthusiasm for the event and knowledge of agriculture.”

After touring the show and meeting exhibitors, the Princess Royal will present the main trophies and also three Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland long-service medals and certificates.

The Royal Northern Spring Show on Wednesday, February 29, is traditionally the first show of the year in Scotland and attracts a large attendance of farmers from all over Scotland.

Exhibitors and spectators will be looking for a repeat of last year’s spring-like weather which contrasted sharply with the wintery conditions of some recent shows.

The show is again set to attract some of Scotland’s top beef cattle competing for an array of magnificent trophies and attractive prize money.

The prize money in the section was doubled last year as a result of a £3000 sponsorship package from trailer manufacturers, Stewart Trailers of Daviot, Inverurie, who will again be supporting this year’s show as sole sponsors of the exhibition cattle classes.

The exhibitor of the supreme champion will collect prize money totalling £350 as a result of the sponsorship package which includes £50 for first prize, £200 for both the steer and heifer champions and £100 for the supreme champion.

Machinery exhibitors will be looking to do good business with livestock and cereal prices at unprecedented levels over the past year – although eroded by ever increasing costs – and tax incentives for investment due to change on April 5.

Entries in the various sections are as follows – Exhibition beef cattle (73), carcase cattle (95), pens of sheep (31), horses and ponies (213), silage and hay (44), turnips (21), potatoes (10), cereals (48) SWRI (10), young farmers’ industrial (6) and young farmers’ box of produce (6). A large number of teams are also expected to take part in the young farmers’ stockjudging competition.