THE sale of Aberdeen-Angus bulls at topped at 25,000gns, 10,000gns up on last year’s top price. Overall averages were also up by £141/head at £5,887 for 88 bulls sold, giving a clearance rate of 74 per cent.
Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society chief executive, Barrie Turner explained continued increases in society membership and a female clearance rate of 100 per cent reflected the continued demand for Aberdeen-Angus. He said: “We are very pleased with how the sale has gone today, especially in light of the sticky situation we are in with our exit from the EU.”
Leading the trade at 25,000gns was Linton Gilbertines Elgin T149, an April 2017-born bull from the Trustees of the late Gordon R Brooke, Earlston. By Rawburn Enigma G653 and out of Rawburn Ellen Erica E405, a TC Freedom 104 daughter, the bull is full brother to the 30,000gns Rawburn Emblem K127. Elgin stood first in its class at the Royal Highland Show in 2018, and went home with T.H. Brewis, Roxburghshire, for their Eastfield herd.
Realising 17,000gns was Wedderlie Bright Man T703, a September 2017-born bull from J.H. and H.M. Tilson, Gordon. The bull by Wedderlie Timaru M594 is out of Wedderlie Bright Maid M578 and sold to Glympton Farms, Oxfordshire.
Next at 15,000gns was the reserve junior champion, Blelack Lord Hartford from N.F. Massie and Sons, Aboyne. The May 2017-born bull is by Weeton Evolution R447 and out of Blelack Lady Heather R536. It sold to Andrew Hodge, Berwickshire.
Following this at 13,000gns was the junior champion, a June 2017-born bull from A.J.R. Farms, Ellon. Logie Defiance T774 achieved the highest price ever realised by the herd at Stirling. By Rawburn Enoch and out of Logie Delia M200, its grand dam was a foundation cow in the 100-strong, Logie herd. It was knocked down to William D. Allen, Alnwick.
Borewell Black Magic T033 was next at 11,000gns. The May 2017-born bull by Blelack Explosive P399 was consigned by Daniel Whiteford and Co., Scremerston. It is out of Bosullow Blackbird, a Dylemma Radar granddaughter and was knocked down to J. and J. Campbell, Berwickshire.
At 10,000gns was the reserve senior champion, Stouphill Mr Peroni T188. Consigned by Mr Allen, the April 2017-born bull is by Duncanziemere Jigsaw N087 and out of home bred, Stouphill Merry Primrose N060. It sold to J.R. Galloway, Perthshire.
Making 9,000gns was another from the Trustees of the late Gordon R Brooke., June 2017-born, Linton Gilbertines Phoenix T184 is the first bull by Rawburn Braw Lad R041 to go under the hammer and is out of Linton Gilbertines Peggy L546. It sold to Holystone Estate, Morpeth.
A small entry of Aberdeen-Angus females sold to 6,000gns for the pre-sale show champion, Cairnton Elizabeth T426, the first female brought to Stirling by Ken and Margaret Howie, Banchory. The daughter of Haymount Walarlo M303 out of Cairnton Elizabeth H234 was knocked down to O. Tunney, Cheshire.
Next at 3,800gns was Windyedge Jewjet Erica T234 by Shadwell Jasper Eric N708 out of Windyedge Jewjet Erica R203 from Robin Dunlop, Dalry, which sold to N.F. Massie and Sons, Dinnett.
Averages – 88 bulls, £5,887 (+ £141 on 2018); 19 females, £2,147.
Auctioneers: United Auctions.