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North East Gears Up for Sixth Annual Stockjudging in Memory of Joe Watson

Stronach family to host charity event at Keith on 7 June

Farmers in the North East of Scotland are gearing up for the sixth annual charity event in memory of the popular agricultural journalist Joe Watson.

Joe, the award-winning agricultural editor of the Press and Journal newspaper died suddenly in March 2014.  In recognition of Joe’s work, NFU Scotland’s North East region has held an annual charity stockjudging and social evening every year since with each local branch taking a turn.

Every year the event is held at a different North East member’s farm, with this year being held at Banffshire branch members Stewart and Hazel Stronach’s Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, which they run with their son, Stewart, and his partner Fiona.

The event will kick off at 6pm on Friday 7 June, with an entry fee of £5 per person (under 12’s free) which will go towards this year’s chosen charities RSABI and Macmillan Cancer Care.

Like past events, the evening will be a celebration of Joe's life and work, with a special trophy in Joe’s name for the overall winner of the stockjudging competition to mark the occasion.  Members of the Watson family will be on hand for the presentations.  

There will be a host of other opportunity for attendees to win prizes with games including a ‘guess the weight’ competition which is being very kindly sponsored by Arnold Clark Toyota.

Refreshments are being kindly supplied by Norvite while steaks will be being supplied by ABP and being cooked by Bob and Kathleen Hay, all of which to be served after the stockjudging.

North East Regional Chairman, Davie Winton said: “We are delighted that the Stronach family are hosting our annual Joe Watson Testimonial Stockjudging and Social evening this year.

“The level of support and sponsorship this event generates every year shows how highly Joe was regarded.  It is always a pleasure to meet up with Joe’s mother, Mirren and Joe’s brothers Murdo and Fraser and their respective partners and families.  

“There will be something for everyone – stockjudging, raffles, auctions and great food and drink – so we hope NFUS members and young farmers clubs will turn out and support our event and help raise monies for our chosen charities, RSABI and Macmillan Cancer Care.”

Notes to Editors

  • The sixth annual Joe Watson Testimonial Stockjudging and Social Night will be held on Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, AB55 6LN on Friday 7 June at 6pm. To assist with catering, anyone planning to attend is asked to contact 0131 472 4000.   More details from Regional Manager Lorna Paterson on 07786 860453.
  • A photograph of host farmers, the Stronach family, is available by emailing media@nfus.org.uk.

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Contact Douglas Ross on 0131 472 4059

Author: Douglas Ross

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News Article No.: 76/19


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