With the average for Charolais bulls more than £800 down on the year and a stickier trade for some, there were suggestions scarcity of Basic Payment Scheme cash was perhaps beginning to kick in on Tuesday.
There was, nonetheless, a top of 26,000gns and 14 bulls sold at five-figure prices, with some of them for commercial use. The clearance rate was 69 per cent.
United Auctions chief executive David Leggat said the lack of BPS payments had been a factor throughout the February sales, but the fact store cattle were making £60 to £70 less than a year ago, had also kept buyers to a budget.
Hamish Goldie, South Bowerhouses, Dumfries, had the best of the trade, selling sons of the home-bred bull Goldies Formidable for 23,000gns and 26,000gns.
The 23,000gns transaction saw Jonathon Watson, Berwick-on-Tweed, taking home the intermediate reserve champion Goldies Jasper. With a Terminal Sire Index (TSI) of +60 and a Self Replacing Index (SRI) of +58, this bull had performance on his side as well as breeding. His sire, Goldies Formidable, is by Dingle Hofmeister, and his dam by Goldies Vicechancellor.
Jasper’s 26,000 stable mate Goldies Jerry sold to the Boden and Davies’ Sportsmans herd at Stockport and is out of the Blelack Blackberet daughter Goldies Éclair. His figures were, if anything, even stronger, with a TSI of +65 and a SRI of +61.
Roy Milne and son Matthew, Elgin, also had a good sale, with a best price of 17,000gns for the first prize junior bull Elgin Jagger by Blelack Blackberet. Rated in the top 1 per cent of the breed for calving ease, Jagger was purchased by William Milne, Edenglassie, Strathdon.
The Milnes also sold at 13,500gns to commercial calf breeders J.D. Lindsay, Kirriemuir. Elgin Jaguar is by Caylers Gladiator, the sire of the reserve senior champion at Stirling last year and the junior female champion at the 2015 Royal Highland Show.
The junior champion from Bob and Kay Adam and sons Andrew and James, Newhouse of Glamis, changed hands for 16,000gns, going to breed stalwart Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Londonderry. Newhouse Jupitur is an AI son of the 1997 purchased 30,000gns Silver Joss.
The overall and intermediate champion from Tom and Sheena Gatherer, Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, was secured at 14,000gns by judge Ben Harman, Chesham, Buckinghamshire. The Gatherers made history in 2011 at Stirling when they sold their first ever bull, Barnsford Ferny, for 70,000gns. This week’s champion is by Ferny’s full brother, the 9,000gns Barnsford Gorse.
Third prize bull Blelack Jerrylee from Neil Massie, Aboyne, was another 14,000gns trade going to the Wight family, Midlock, Biggar. A Goldies Dynamite son, it is out of Balbithin Vespasian daughter Blelack Charade.
Major David Walter, Balthayock, Glencarse, sold easy calver Ugie Echo sons at 13,500gns and 13,000gns. The dearer of the two went jointly to J. and M. McDonald, Dunbeath, Caithness and Dunbeath Estate. The other went to pedigree breeder Peter Donger, Seawell Grounds, Foxley, Towcester.
AVERAGES: 123 bulls, £5,959.97 (136 bulls, £6,821 last year).
The ceiling price came for a mother and daughter pair from J.A. and M.F. McMillan, Brechin, Angus.
The 15,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Burradon Talisman daughter, Dunesk Diana, was sold with its 12-month-old Brampton Albert-sired daughter Dunesk Lulu, which was last year’s Stars of the Future reserve junior champion. The buyers were E. Hamilton and Partners, Strathaven, Lanarkshire.
Two heifers sold for 4,000gns. The first was the class winning August-2014 born Derryharney Jane, was purchased from Harold Stubbs and Andrew Burleigh, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh, by C. Smeaton and Son, Kirkbuddo, Angus.
Then Hamish Goldie continued his success and secured the same amount for the 19-month-old Goldies Jetty by Goldies Formidable, which went to W.G. Johnson and Sons, Ripon, North Yorkshire.
At 3,600gns was the reserve female champion, also from Mr Goldie. Going across the water to Clones, Co Monagahan, Eire, with Harte Peat Limited, was the April 2014-born Goldies Joy by Killadeas Legend.
AVERAGES: 12 females, £3,295.83 (15 females, £2,867 last year).