One of the oldest folds in the Highland Cattle Society’s herdbook led the way at the society’s spring show and sale at Oban.
A top price of 6,800gns was paid for an April 2017-born red bull from Angus MacDonald and family’s Ardbhan fold on North Uist. This was the senior bull, Muran Vallay of Ardbhan, a son of Gilleaspuig of Tiretigan, which also sired the family’s 11,000gns sale topper last year.
Out of Muran Beanaichte of Ardbhan, its stood third in its class and sold to Kilchoan Management, Oban.
Next at 6,000gns was the male champion, K2 of Cladich from Jon and Queen Strickland’s Cladich fold, Dalmally. This two-year-old black bull is by the 9,500gns Campbell of Tilbouries, out of Lady Jane 3 of Cladich. It sold to R.A. Phillip, Skipton.
Four animals sold at 5,000gns with the first being the two-year-old red bull Hector of Earn, from Heather Corrigall’s Earn fold, Easter Ross. By Angus Ruadh of Wester Croachy, it was male champion at the national show and sold to David Smith, Fraserburgh.
Michael and Sally Nairn, Blairgowrie, took 5,000gns for their first prize winner, Hector of Balnabroich. The March 2018-born red son of Ruadh Nero of Seam sold to Angus MacDonald.
The same home sold the three-year-old heifer champion for 3,000gns to D. Dempster, Monzie. This was Sidonia 7 of Balnabroich, a daughter of Cliadhamh Mor of Balmoral.
Ken and Eva Brown of the Craigowmill fold, Kinross, sold two females for 5,000gns each. First was Brogach 5 of Craigowmill, an April 2018-born red heifer by Ruaridh 1 of Ubhaidh. It was knocked down to R.D. Schuster, Dalmally.
Selling for the same money was their female champion, Diorbhail Dhubh 3 of Craigowmill, an April 2016-born heifer by Seaumus Dubh of Craigowmill. In-calf to Lasgaire 21 von Lehstener Moor, it sold to Falk Steinberg, Burgerhof, Germany.
15 two-year-old bulls, £3,234.00 (+£363 on 2019); 5 yearling bulls, £1,491 (+£861); 3 senior heifers, £3,710 (+£122); 13 three-year-old heifers, £2,011.15 (-£468.85); 5 two-year-old heifers, £1,039.50 (-£451.50); 19 yearling heifers, £1,065.47 (+£53.97).
Auctioneers: United Auctions.