GALLOWAY cattle sold to 15,000gns, the third highest price for the breed, at the spring show and sale at Castle Douglas.
Taking the top price was the supreme and male champion, the 21-month-old bull, Troloss Matrix from Troloss Farms, Biggar, which was bought by R.H. and A.J. Maxwell, Ennerdale, Cumbria. Troloss Farms also had the reserve male champion, Troloss Matador, which made 2,500gns to M.C. McCart, Newton Stewart.
Making 8,000gns was the 22-month-old bull, Ben Lomond Blackthorn, from J.M. and D. Maxwell, Glasgow. The second prize winner was bought by D. and R. Cornthwaite, Lockerbie.
A first prizewinning bull, September 2017-born, Zonda of Kilnstown from Kilnstown Farms, Bewcastle, was knocked down for 4,000gns to Messrs Maxwell while another from the Kilnstown herd, April 2017-born, Zoro of Kilnstown, sold for 2,800gns to H. H. Kraft from Ottrau, Germany, who also bought a Troloss heifer for 1,400gns.
The Finlay family from Blackcraig Corsock, had the female champion and top priced heifer at 4,500gns, September 2016-born, Blackcraig Noreen Y694. It was bought by Polston Farm, Invercrynoch, Aberdeen, which also brought two other Blackcraig heifers, going to 2,800gns for Blackcraig Bertha Y733 and 2,500gns for Blackcraig Noreen Y705.
The Finlay’s bull, Blackcraig bull Zodiac made 3,000gns to Klondike Farms, Moniaive.
Robert McTurk, Dalry, sold the heifer, Barlaes Nancy 168 for 3,000gns to Troloss Farms who in turn saw their heifer, Debbie 1 of Troloss, head for Germany after being bought by Ursala and Olaf Hasenbein, Grafenwald, for 2,200gns.
Heifers from Martin McCornick, Wigtown, sold to 2,000gns for Barquhill Brownie, an October 2016-born heifer bought by Messrs Smith, Gilsland, Carlisle.
Barquhill also had the best unled heifer, Barquhill Bertha L895 which made1,600gns to Messrs Evans, Wessington. They also took the award for the best pair of unload heifers with one selling for 1,250gns and the other 1,000gns.
Averages- 21 bulls, £3,175; 25 heifers in-calf or having run with bull, £2,076.90; 17 bulling heifers, £1,537.94.
Auctioneers: Wallets Mart.