Record-Breaking North East Event Raises £16,000 for Charity

Crowds flock to Berryleys for Annual Joe Watson Stockjudging

A record-breaking turnout of 430 saw the annual event held in memory of agricultural journalist Joe Watson raise more than £16,000 for charity.

This was the sixth annual charity event held in memory of former Press and Journal agricultural editor Joe Watson.  The venue this year was Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, hosted by Banffshire branch members Stewart and Hazel Stronach, their son Stewart and his partner Fiona.

A packed evening featuring stockjudging, BBQ, ‘guess the weight’ competition, auctions and raffles raised a staggering £16,000 to be split between this year’s chosen charities of RSABI and Macmillan Cancer Care.

Winner of the special trophy in Joe’s name for the overall winner of the stockjudging competition was Gary Christie, Midtown of Glass, near Huntly with members of the Watson family on hand for the presentations.  

Bidding in the auction peaked at £750 for a livestock surveillance camera from Farmers Eye and £700 for an Angela Davidson painting from Douglasbrae Ltd.  A pedigree Texel gimmer from the Stronach family’s worker, Calum Gill, raised £600.  Calum wanted to contribute personally as his wife is undergoing cancer treatment.

With such a huge turnout, special thanks went to Norvite, who sponsored the refreshments while supplies of steaks from ABP, cooked by Bob and Kathleen Hay, saw queues that ran the length of the shed.

North East Regional Chairman, Davie Winton said: “We are indebted to the Stronach family for hosting.  The work they put in to presenting their first-class stock in fantastic surroundings ensured a record-breaking annual event in memory of Joe.

“It was a tremendous night; the generosity of sponsors was amazing and the people buying in the auction have raised an incredible amount of money for our named charities.

“Delivering steaks and refreshments to more than 430 people was a fantastic achievement and a credit to all involved.  The level of support and sponsorship this event generates every year shows how highly Joe was regarded.  And 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.  

“They were also able to show off their stock judging skills with Joe’s brother Fraser coming second in the open competition.  Not bad for a sparkie!”  

Notes to Editors

  • The sixth annual Joe Watson Testimonial Stockjudging and Social Night was held at Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, AB55 6LN on Friday 7 June.  A full list of stockjudging results and auction bids available on request from
  • A selection of photographs from the event including the host family, the Watson family and the stockjudging winners are available by emailing 
  • Further details available from Regional manager Lorna Paterson on or call 07786 860453


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 82/19

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