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Farming is a risky business.

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And when it's time to make money, the stakes are high.

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Thainstone Mart - one of Europe's biggest livestock markets.

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You want perfection? There it is. That is some machine. Br-r-r!

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Sheep, cattle and machinery auctioned to the highest bidder,

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day in, day out.

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Farmers spend months getting ready for their big sales day.

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Pfft! You foul brute.

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And buyers need nerves of steel to bag the bargains.

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Folk can easily get carried away.

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It's a bit of an adrenaline thing, bidding.

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Fortunes can be made and dreams can be dashed...

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..all in the blink of an eye.

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Always expect the unexpected!

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Welcome to The Mart.

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Late May - and it's all change at the Mart for one of its busiest days of the year.

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Oh, they're still on the sheep.

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Can Carol Fowler transform Thainstone in time for the Taste of Grampian?

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That's not your stall.

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Come on, now, girls.

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Alan Gibbs' pregnant heifers give him the runaround.

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Come on, now, you coarse brutes.

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-He won that one over there.

-OK. I'll go and tag it up now.

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And will turkey farmer Craig Michie's marketing masterstroke

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become the talk of Thainstone?

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There is no-one else to do it.

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I'm hoping that this covers my face well enough.

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-Do I look like a turkey?

-Yes.

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HE LAUGHS

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Thainstone Mart is massive.

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Its three auction rings are served by 510 holding pens,

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connected by 3,000 gates.

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83,000 cattle pass through every year,

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and each and every one of these animals is valuable.

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Can you help with the lift?

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Caring for the cattle at Thainstone is an experienced team of handlers.

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Among them is Gary Duncan.

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Once you get some muck on the cement, it's rather slippy.

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So they could fall, potentially break legs, or sprained...

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Sprained parts get bruised.

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You know, if they're limping going round the ring, then that'll have a

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knock-on effect on maybe the price.

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And when a sale includes pregnant heifers,

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younger cows expecting their first calf, extra care has to be taken.

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Oh, them being pregnant, obviously, you've got to watch.

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You've got to be mair gentle. We try to be gentle with all the cattle

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that come in, because the more gentle we are the easier they are to work with.

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It's easy for them to get excited when they're in an alien environment.

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So, yeah, try and be as careful as we can.

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Come on in! Come on.

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20 miles away at his farm near Turriff,

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Alan Gibb is planning to bring his pregnant heifers to Thainstone.

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Come on, girls!

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67-year-old Alan has been around cattle his whole life,

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and has a special bond with these girls -

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particularly his favourite heifer, 44C.

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Now, look at that.

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You like that, eh?

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The plan today is just to take these ones in, give them a tidy up and,

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eh, check any tags that's missing.

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Come along, ladies.

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Alan could already be retired, but he still farms full-time.

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Selling the heifers while pregnant takes out some of the hard work.

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CATTLE LOW

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We could calve them and sell them with calf...which is a lot more money.

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It's a lot more risk.

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But, again, I dinnae want to be calving a lot of heifers at my time, at my age.

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Like any expectant mother, the heifers like things to be relaxed.

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This is a tricky bit, trying to get them across the road.

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They don't like to go on the hard ground.

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Any stress could lead to miscarriage, so Alan has to be careful.

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The secret is to get them far enough over to get the gate closed behind you.

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Ah, that's what I thought.

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Shhh, shhh, shhh!

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-COW BELLOWS

-Whoa, we'll let them back.

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Never argue with a pregnant lady.

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Come on, now, you coarse brutes.

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Nah, they're nae...

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Come on, now, girls. Dinna be bad, now.

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With a bit of patience and gentle cajoling, it's second time lucky.

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CATTLE LOW

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That's stage one complete. Ah, jings, aye!

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We try and present them as best as we can.

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That's about all that we can do.

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Ken, I'll just make what I'll make at the sale.

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We're not expecting a load of money.

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Just that money's very scarce at the minute with people.

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-Me included!

-HE CHUCKLES

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But Alan will have to wait for his payday,

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because before the cattle sale, Thainstone's transforming itself

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for Taste of Grampian.

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Actually, the cones are in the wrong position.

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The Taste of Grampian event hopes to attract 14,000 visitors to Thainstone this weekend.

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I needed an Arctic truck,

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and a four-by-four.

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It's the biggest food festival in the north-east of Scotland

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and one of the Mart's busiest days of the year.

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Guys, did you have a copy of the plan?

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And in charge of it all, events organiser, Carol Fowler.

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So Dan hasn't listened at all.

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He's put the doors in the wrong place.

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She only has five days to set everything up.

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Ah, but you've missed this, look. You've missed this.

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This week is all about the set-up.

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So it's making sure that we have the Barbecue Cook School in the right place,

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the outdoor arena in the right place,

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all the market stalls measured out and put into place.

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It's not just the car park being transformed.

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The sale rings are also been repurposed -

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a mammoth task turning cattle sale arenas into food halls.

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But in ring three, things are running late.

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-Oh, they're still on the sheep.

-The clock's ticking,

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and Carol's team are going to have to pull an all-nighter.

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AUCTIONEER SPEAKS OVER LOUDSPEAKER

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Well, that's quite a lot of cleaning up to do. It's going to be a long night,

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because obviously they're not going to get access until quite late after the sheep sale, so...

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But aren't they cute?

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SHE CHUCKLES

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I think I've just bought some sheep!

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But there will be no mistaken bids with head sheep auctioneer

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Colin Slessor overseeing operations.

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As the sale winds down, he's confident ring three will soon be sparkling.

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A few hours' time, all this mess of sheep doings and sawdust will be cleaned up.

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We'll get everything looking the part and it'll fall in place.

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Just get the power hoses out and a wee tidy-up,

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and everything will be looking dandy.

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But there's one thing Colin can't control...

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THUNDER CRACKS ..the weather.

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With the festival only hours away, the heavens have opened.

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-SHE SIGHS

-Well, it's a bit wet, so I'm a little bit depressed.

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But weather aside, Carol has a greater concern.

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RAIN FALLS HEAVILY

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It crosses my mind quite a lot that, "What if nobody comes to my party?"

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I can't imagine there's anybody in Aberdeenshire that doesn't know

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Taste of Grampian's on. So what if nobody comes?

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You know, if we don't get visitors and we don't get people coming,

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then that would be a bit of a disaster.

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Definitely coming to Carol's party is Craig Michie.

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But before then, he's making his own preparations for some very special arrivals.

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Well, the thermometer's sitting at...

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Oh, dear, it's 11 degrees at the moment now.

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We're going to try and get this up to 26.

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Ready, steady, go.

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I will fire these up.

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GAS FLAME POWERS ON

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Later on it should be 26 degrees.

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So, you know, who needs a holiday in the south of Spain when you can sit in here?

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HE LAUGHS

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With only 213 days until Christmas,

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Craig's taking delivery of a batch of day-old turkey chicks at the family farm,

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seven miles from Thainstone.

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Hello, Peter. How far up the road are you?

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Oh, you're just coming down the lane now? Oh, OK.

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Our birds come in early. You know, they come the end of May.

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That's about the earliest in the country,

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because we believe that slow-growing's key to giving you that real

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flavoursome meal on Christmas Day.

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Oh, here's the helpers!

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Craig's daughter, Violetta, and wife, Maria,

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are just as keen to see the delivery.

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CHILDREN CHATTER

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(Hush! Shhh, shhh! Quiet for the babies, yeah?)

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Here they come. Here they come, it's game on.

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OK, so what have we got in here?

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-There'll be 100 there.

-There'll be 100 there, OK.

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Shall we count them?

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Just... They're just little babies.

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Craig has to unwrap 1,200 chicks today.

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For him, Christmas comes early.

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It's quite exciting, you know?

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They all seem to be well.

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Just get them in front of the feed and just get them to drink as early

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as possible to give them the best opportunity for survival,

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and get them to thrive.

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Pitching in as well Craig's mum and dad, and Maria's cousin, Stephanie.

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You can see that it's a real family effort - everyone gets stuck in.

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And that's important for this business.

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This is the hardest part.

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Just being careful where you tread.

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Getting underfoot isn't the only danger facing the chicks.

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And here we go. There's one tipped over.

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-Go on, Daddy!

-If you flip the turkey over,

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because it would just lie there underneath the heater.

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No opportunity to drink or feed

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and, you know, that could be fatal and your mortality rate goes up.

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-CHICKS TWEET

-Oh, I'm quite worried.

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I just don't want them...

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There's too many, it's hard to kind of keep on top of every single one of them.

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Maria's a doctor, but it's Craig who is giving these chicks

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intensive care - with some long nights ahead.

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I've got my deckchair over there, just ready to

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take a breather, have a seat, then I'll be up again, walking the shed.

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-Daddy!

-Craig met Maria in Colombia while travelling in South America.

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And they intend to bring some Latin flavour to Thainstone.

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This will attract the crowds to our ring at the Taste of Grampian.

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A giant turkey!

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Maria's cousin, Stephanie,

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is trying out the turkey suit that Craig hopes will bring in the advance orders for Christmas.

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SALSA MUSIC

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-SHE LAUGHS

-That is a cracking bird! Salsa style.

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Look at those moves. You're only born with that.

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I mean, a Scottish farmer, we're pretty wooden.

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Like when I met my wife, my moves on the dance floor were a bit...

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I just don't have it. I just don't have it.

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But these girls - wow, it's unbelievable.

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I've never seen a turkey that beautiful.

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THEY LAUGH

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At his farm near Turriff,

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Alan Gibb is giving his pregnant heifers a spruce up before they go to the Mart.

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We should sell an in-calf heifer like a bride on her wedding day.

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They should be looking... I don't mean pregnant,

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but I mean like a million dollars.

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I think that's better now.

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My son is a clipper, putting in the tags, and he's doing the front.

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I have the...filthy bit at the end.

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HE CHUCKLES

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Paying a visit today are Alan's daughter, Marina,

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and his three grandchildren.

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-I'd better take a note of that number.

-Aye, take a note o' that number!

-In case we decide to buy it.

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Marina's a farmer too. And a potential purchaser.

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Cos we do buy one or two heifers to add to our suckler herd.

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So we have bought from Dad before.

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Papa, that looks like a messy tail.

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It is! Oh, it's a terrible messy tail, this.

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When a beast gets affa nervous, they get excited and skittery.

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Just tidying up...

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Pfft! You foul brute. She'll hae to start using toilet roll.

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Alan's looking for around £1,400 a heifer.

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Where there's muck, there's money.

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But we're still waiting to see the money!

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A beauty treatment can make all the difference,

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and 44C's getting the works.

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She's just a spoilt pet. She's a nice heifer.

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COW BELLOWS

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-Papa, can I buy that cow?

-Of course you can buy it.

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But have you enough pennies?

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All that remains is for the heifers to be loaded up.

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For the expectant mothers, it can be a risky operation.

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They're 7-8 months pregnant.

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If they have a fall, they'll maybe what we call cast their calf,

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have a miscarriage.

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Are you needin' a hand doon there, like?

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Oh, I think they're just a bit frightened...

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They're float shy!

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They're a precious cargo. A precious cargo.

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Well, we work it, ye ken, we work it, we do prepare

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them and mak' them ready for the market.

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We have to treat them... We just treat them like eggs.

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Very carefully.

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And like most farmers,

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Alan's not counting his chickens until they're hatched.

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I know what the heifers cost me,

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so I'll see at the end of the day what kind of profit there'll be left.

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As I say, it'll either be Tesco's Finest for a new suit, or Savile Row.

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Depending on the day!

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I'll get the sparky to come and get it for you.

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But, see, there is power.

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It's dawn at Thainstone. And after a long night,

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event organiser Carol Fowler and her team are back in early,

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putting the finishing touches to Taste of Grampian.

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Put these up, and I'll put these in reception.

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Carol's a details person.

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This lady's obviously put her backdrop up, and it's fallen down.

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That's not your stall. It's earmarked for somebody else.

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Just don't get on her wrong side.

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But, ken? Ken, I really do need you to move the van.

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-I'm on it now.

-OK.

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Puts her heart and soul into it,

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and the whole event works really, really well, primarily because

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there's someone driving it from behind and that's Carol Fowler.

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See, ladies, you've plenty time. Time for a coffee and a bacon roll.

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Not for Carol, though. She's got to oversee the final dressing of ring three.

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Yesterday afternoon, it was still full of sheep.

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So, this is now transformed.

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Yeah, I'm very pleased with it.

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So the only thing they've got to do now is,

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this table's got to get dressed, and this here, we've just delivered,

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is the sausage machine for the sausage-making competition.

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The show celebrates the best food Grampian can offer...

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..but doesn't forget where it comes from.

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So there's a farm exhibit.

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And auctioneer Colin Slessor and his daughter Rachel bring in some of their

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own livestock for the children's tent.

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But there's one thing he's forgotten.

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Nip round the car, Rachel, far side of the car,

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see if you can find the brown egg. I'll do a wee bit of trickery,

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I'm going to put an egg in beside that chicken in case she doesn't lay

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an egg today. With all the stress, she might not lay today.

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So we'll put an egg in, because the kids love to see an egg in.

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But later on, if she lays another egg, we'll have to take that one out,

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because the people will think there's a miracle, a cockerel's laid an egg,

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and I don't think that would ever happen.

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No, because they would just think that she's laid two.

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A chicken can never lay two eggs in one day.

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-If you can find a chicken...

-I thought they could.

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If you can find a chicken that lays two eggs in one day,

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I'll give you £1,000 for it, OK?

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-CRAIG:

-Keep them toasty.

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For Craig Michie, it's chicks, not eggs, that receive all the attention.

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Craig and his team have transformed ring one into a turkey farm for the day.

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This ring, it provides a bit of animation.

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Before, we were just outside with a stall, but today,

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people can see exactly what we're about, what we do,

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and it's almost like a virtual farm.

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You know, people can come in and see the process of brooding turkeys.

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Craig's brought in more than 100 of these week-old poults,

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and he's been preparing them in an unusual way.

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We've had them listening to the radio all yesterday,

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just for them to get them gently used to people's voices and that.

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So, yeah, they're all going to be quite comfortable today.

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SALSA MUSIC While Craig talks turkey,

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Carol Fowler can breathe a little easier

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as the crowds are flooding in.

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They've come to my party!

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I know! How exciting is that? Ecstatic, I'm really pleased.

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I mean, look at it. It's fantastic. It's exactly what we want.

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Yeah, love it.

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Carol's provided plenty of variety to keep the crowds happy.

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From celebrity chefs like Tony Singh...

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£5 for four.

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-For four?

-Oh, no, we're in Aberdeen. £5 for 12.

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HE LAUGHS

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..to fresh, if fearsome, fish.

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I think I married that!

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Returning to the turkeys,

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it's time to break out Craig's marketing master stroke, the turkey suit.

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Unfortunately for Craig, he's lost his South American salsa style.

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Maria's cousin's Scottish holiday is over.

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So, reluctantly pulling on the turkey legs is student Ryan Geddes.

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There was no-one else to do it.

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I'm hoping that this covers my face well enough.

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But I think my face shows pretty well through it.

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-It does.

-Do I look like a turkey?

-Yes.

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Yes, Ryan, you do.

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I think some people are showing some good interest, mainly people with kids.

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Starting to get a bit hotter as well.

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I'm definitely a free-range turkey.

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We need him to make the sound of the turkey, though.

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Gobble, gobble, gobble, gobble.

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It could be worse.

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-At least he's not an olive.

-Ah, fantastic!

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-Olive's come to say hello to the turkey.

-I can't see, though.

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I think we'll go and get more leaflets.

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He's the worst turkey I've seen in life, honestly!

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Give us a gobble.

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If Ryan's not winning any awards, over in ring three,

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there's a world record to be broken.

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-CROWD:

-Three, two, one...

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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Two butchers are going head-to-head to see who can break the world record

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for making the most sausages in a minute.

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And they've strung along Colin Slessor for some additional entertainment.

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I have never, ever, made one sausage in my life.

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I've eaten thousands,

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-but I've never made a sausage, so do not expect anything.

-CROWD LAUGHS

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But before Colin gets his bash at banger making,

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time to attempt breaking the current world record of 44 sausages made in a minute.

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Come on!

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-CROWD:

-Nine, eight, seven, six,

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five, four, three, two, one...

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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APPLAUSE

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While the adjudicators measure and count, cue Colin's comic relief.

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Whoa!

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-Oh, we're away again.

-How are you feeling?

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-Very good!

-LAUGHTER

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We're away noo, we're away! They're affa lumpy!

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Right. Let's see this...

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This is the Continental way, judge...

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-CROWD:

-Ten, nine, eight, seven...

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Whoa, whoa, whoa.

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..six, five, four, three, two, one...

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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APPLAUSE

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Look at that!

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A valiant effort, but the total leaves a lot to be desired.

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Four sausages isn't bad, is it?

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Keep his day job!

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Colin's not breaking any records, but are the butchers?

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-We've got...54.

-Yes!

-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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A new world record for butcher Stephen Cusack.

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He's made an astonishing 54 sausages in a minute,

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and it's not the only record broken at the Mart today.

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I'll have that one.

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You want that one over there? OK. I'll go and tag it up now.

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For Craig, if not his turkeys, Christmas really has come early.

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He's got a sackful of orders.

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I think it's maybe pushing a few hundred now, which is just incredible,

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I never expected that.

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Nearly sold out, maybe.

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Couldn't have hoped for more.

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And that'll be music for Carol Fowler's ears.

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Don't come near me with that! Argh! Get off with ye!

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The crowds and the weather have been exceptional.

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Oh, my goodness, it's a bit too hot, actually, I've got sunburn.

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So that's... It's been amazing, fantastic, we've had a really good day,

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it's all gone smoothly and I'm absolutely delighted.

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14,000, more than 14,000 people, I don't know,

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we haven't got a number yet but a lot of people have been today

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-and it's...

-SHE GASPS

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With Taste of Grampian over for another year,

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it's back to business at the Mart.

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I wisnae here to see them coming aff the float.

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Alan Gibb's in early to see his girls before the sale.

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Just tell me aboot it then. You dinnae want to be sold?

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Well, you maybe willna be. If you don't make a price.

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And it's not just Alan who loves 44C.

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This is the grandchildren's favourite one.

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So I'll maybe split the money between the three grandchildren.

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Either that or they could buy the heifer from me!

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Eh?

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With sale time approaching,

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Alan's daughter Marina arrives with his three grandchildren, Betsy,

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Pippa and Charles. And they've made a decision.

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This morning, their dad, yes, he said, he's giving them the go-ahead.

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Oh! Giving them the go-ahead to buy it.

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To buy it, and he'll pay for it.

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Mum, it's noisy!

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Just keep waving your hand, then.

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Betsy's going to bid for 44C,

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and as the sale starts, the family take their seats.

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This is the first time that they've been to the Mart and they want to buy one of his cows.

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So Betsy wants to do the bidding. So we're a bit nervous.

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And they're not the only ones.

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-How you doing, Tim?

-It's a big day for Alan as well.

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This batch, John, is in calf to my best bull.

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-LOUDSPEAKER:

-Calved from his best bull...

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He's a little bit nervous. He thinks there's not

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a lot of buyers here, so he'd just like to get it over with, I think.

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Alan's relying on head cattle auctioneer John Angus to get the average

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price of £1,400 per head he's looking for.

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At 1,550 bid... At 1,550, 1,550.

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At 1,550!

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Bidding starts strongly. 1,550 a head for his first lot.

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But then things go downhill.

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That's two...heifers, John.

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1,300, 1,300. 1,300, come on. 1,300.

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No bid. Bid at 13.

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Only £1,300. And it gets worse.

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Well, that's now, that's now there, John.

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Some of his cattle go unsold.

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Hopefully, 44C will put a smile back on Alan's face.

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And Betsy's. Although, they're not quite sure who's supposed to bid.

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Not yet, no. Wait, Betsy's doing it.

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Make a nice face.

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Right, put your hand up, Betsy.

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14? 15... 15... 15...

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Down, put it down!

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Bidding is fierce. Someone else has their eye on 44C.

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It's your bid!

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-..1,550!

-Did I take it?

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-No, you have to bid again.

-Again? Do it now?

-Yeah, bid again.

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-15...

-Down?

-Put your hand down!

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-AUCTIONEER:

-1,800. At 1,800. 18, 18...

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Sorry, has he...

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-One more bid!

-Gie it to them at 1850, then.

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1,850. At 1,850!

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You've got it!

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Betsy, with a little help from Grandad, wins the day.

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OK, John, thanks.

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£1,850. 44C has made the most money of all.

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And despite taking some animals home, Alan's a happy man.

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Ah, the sale was good, it was four, I think, I sold.

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Four or five not sold.

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It's just, you see your pet one,

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£1,850.

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All that's left to do is settle up.

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You want to pay for your animal now.

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There we are, we've sold 23 and we've averaged £1,465.22.

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-So, we're pleased with that.

-BETSY:

-Look what Charles did!

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Also pleased are Betsy, Pippa and Charles.

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They're going home with 44C.

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And she's finally getting a proper name.

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What have you called your heifer now, Betsy?

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-Sally.

-Oh, what a lovely name! Will you look after it now?

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-Yeah.

-I'm sure you will.

-I just can't stop looking at it.

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You can't stop looking at it? Oh, me!

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-Cos it's so pretty!

-It's, aye, it's so pretty, it's just like you!

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Next time, on The Mart...

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It's out with the old and in with the new...

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-Me?

-Aye!

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..as rookie auctioneer Scott Chapman finds himself in the livestock auction box

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for the first time.

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89, I'm bid. 99, 89 bid, 99.

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-80?

-89.

-88.50. 88.50, Colin Simpson.

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The Miller brothers need a good price at auction if they are to continue

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generations of history raising their traditional Caithness sheep.

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If you can't really make any money out of them,

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why are you going to keep going at it?

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What are you doing to the eggs today? Gie's a hud o' that.

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And Mart catering supervisor Linda Fife risks the ire of dozens of

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hungry mart men when she puts her new spicy sausages on the menu.

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Are you going to try now a chilli banger?

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Turkey farmer Craig Michie pulls out all the stops to promote his poultry at the Taste of Grampian event. Sheep auctioneer Colin Slessor has his hands full at a record-breaking sausage-making competition, and cattle farmer Alan Gibb takes some very delicate pregnant heifers to market.

Narrated by Grant Stott.


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