SIMMENTAL bulls peaked at 14,000gns but saw a slight drop in averages of £502 on the previous year to £4,975 for 98 bulls sold through the ring.
Senior bulls fared better, but the overall clearance rate was 63 per cent. However society CEO, Neil Shand said bulls wanted were easily sold: “Money is tight and a farmer is going to buy a bull for 40 cows rather than one that can only manage 25, and maybe save himself a bull.”
Taking the top bid was March 2017-born, Islavale Illusive 17, from W.S. Stronach, Keith. By Atlow Dixon 12, out of home bred cow Islavale Danielle, a Clonagh A Superstar daughter and went home with H.J. Warnock, Co. Down.
Next, at 11,000 was another from the same home, Islavale Invincible 17. This time by Curaheen Giant 2 it is out of home bred Islavale Bramble 2 by Curaheen Bandit. It was knocked down to Seamus O’Kane, Co. Tyrone.
Making the same money but this time consigned by W.G. MacPherson, Inverness was Blackford Island Warrior 17. The August 2017-born bull by Blackford Galaxy 15 is out of home bred cow Blackford Allegro. It sold to D. and G. Manson and Sons, Alves.
Also realising 11,000gns was another from Messrs MacPherson, also August 2017-born by the same sire, Blackford Island Rock 17 is out of Blackford Fantasia and caught the eye of A. and B. Munro, Beauly.
Following this was the first of four to reach 10,000gns, Denizes Impressive 17, which was previously junior male champion at Agri Expo and Stars of the Future, bred by M.A. Barlow, Leyland. The April 2017-born bull by Denizes Fantastic is out of Denizes Trixie-Belle 6 and sold to J.H. Wood, Preston.
Also making 10,000gns was another from the Islavale herd, this time Islavale Input 17, which was knocked down to M.J. and A. Mill, Fife. Again by Atlow Dixon, this May 2017-born bull was out of home bred cow Islavale Butterfly.
Two more bulls also sold for 10,000gns and both found a new home at Delfur Farms, Banffshire. The first was Innerwick Ivor 17, from L. Moffat, Dunbar. This Curaheen Gold Digger son is out of Innerwick Freya, a Promi-bred cow.
The other was the junior and reserve male champion, Woodhall Instinct 17, consigned by Geoff and Kate Anderson, Elgin, owners of the Quarryhill herd, but bred by H. and J. Macaskill, Dunbar. By Islavale Frontier 14, it is out of EX90-classified dam, Woodhall Eva.
Realising 9,000gns was the senior and overall male champion, Islavale Islander 17, another entry from Messrs Stronach. By Curaheen Giant 2, the March 2017-born bull is out of Popes Laird-bred dam, Islavale Briana. It was knocked down to G.M. Mitchell, Fife.
At 8,500gns was Wolfstar Irn-Bru 17 from A. King, Ormiston and sold to The Duke of Fife, Stonehaven. The April 2017-born bull by Curaheen Bandit, is out of Wolfstar Flame, a Team Celtic 11 cow.