CHAROLAIS bulls sold to 12,000gns on two occasions as 85 bulls sold to average £6,079, up more than £400 on the year.
First to make this money was D.E. Evans, Mold, with May 2016-born Maerdy Magestic. By the previous Royal Highland show junior supreme Maerdy Grenadier and out of Maerdy Cachucha, it sold to C.J. Wight, Biggar.
The final bull in the ring, Sportsmans Monarch, from Messrs Boden and Davies, Mellor, made the same, going to J. McGrath, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. By the 70,000gns Barnsford Ferny and out of Sportsmans Honey, this July 2016-born won its class in the pre-sale show.
Next up was Glenericht Majestic, a Caylers Gladiator son out of Glenericht Gem bred by W.P. and P. Drysdale, Blairgowrie. Born in May last year, it sold to I. and D. Goldie, Dumfries, for 11,500gns.
Tweeddale Matador, a Blelack Blackberet son from J. Watson and Co, Bowsden, went for 10,500gns. Out of a home-bred cow and born in April last year, it was snapped up by H. Goldie, Ruthwell.
Three bulls sold to 10,000gns, paid firstly for the Inverlochy Fencer son, Kersknowe Matador from J. Jeffrey, Kelso. Out of a home-bred cow, it sold to E.F. Mutch and Son, Forglen.
D.F.W.H. and N.R. Walter, Perth, took the same from Inverlochy for Balthayock Maestro, a son of Maerdy Grenadier.
The Westcarse Houdini-sired Mornity Mushroom, from Jack Nicoll Farms, Alyth, sold to J. Anderson and Son, Lauder, for the same.
Averages: 85 bulls, £6,079 (83 bulls, £5,674 in 2016).
Auctioneers: United Auctions
FEMALES topped at 5,000gns for the reserve pre-sale champion, the heifer Goldies Lullaby from H. Goldie, Dumfries.
Born in December 2015 out of Goldies Bonney and by the 15,000gns bull Gretnahouse Heman, it was snapped up by A.J. Ewing, Annan.
R. McCulloch, Armadale, paid 3,800gns for the heifer Dunesk Lady, a March 2015-born by Balthayock Hamish. Bred by J.A. and M.F. McMillan, Brechin, and out of Dunesk Glory, it sold in-calf to Davally Illusion.
Averages: 13 females, £2,374.
HELD on behalf of W.R. Baillie and Co, Toab, was the major reduction of their Baillieston herd of pedigree Charolais.
Top price was the maiden heifer Baillieston Madge, a March 2016-born by Blelack Digger. Out of Baillieston Irena, it was knocked down for 4,200gns to Messrs Boden and Davies, Mellor.
Next at 3,200gns was a cow and calf outfit consisting of June 2012-born cow Baillieston Henrietta, which is by the 15,000gns bull Maerdy Deiniol and out of Baillieston Violet. It sold with its June-born bull calf by Blelack Digger at foot. In-calf to Baillieston Jagger, it was bought by D.A. Anderson, Eddleston.