A 14-year-old younger farmer from Orkney has set a brand new market file, promoting his prized heifer for £6,100 and successful the unhaltered champion award.
Rowan Donaldson, from Redland, Stromness, was one in all 18 native younger farmers who took half within the overwintering competitors, organised collectively between the native Younger Farmers Membership and Orkney Public sale Mart.
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Now in its eighth 12 months, as a part of the competitors the market supplies every younger farmer, aged 14 to 30, with £1,000 in the direction of the acquisition of a cow of their selecting.
Senior auctioneer Graham Low stated this 12 months was the most effective gross sales of its form: “It’s a good way to encourage the following era to become involved and see how the shopping for and promoting course of works, in addition to on a regular basis and energy concerned in taking care of an animal.”
Rowan, who was one of many youngest rivals, bought his British Blue heifer for £1,600 again within the autumn, and fetched £6,100 for the 690kg animal on the mart.
“The mart erupted with applause for younger Rowan,” stated Mr Low.
“The earlier file for an animal bought in Orkney Mart was £3,400, achieved on the 2022 Younger Farmers Sale.
“The younger farmers ought to be very pleased with themselves as each one in all them turned out some high-quality animals and all managed to understand a wholesome revenue,” stated Mr Low.
Rowan’s heifer bought to Harry Emslie, from Kinnockie, Mintlaw, who intends to promote the animal as an in-calf heifer.