TRADE peaked at 9,500gns at the annual multi-breed show and sale of bulls held alongside the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone.
With a packed ringside of buyers forward, the sale met a 69 per cent clearance as the 49 bulls cashed averaged £4,312.50.
Sale leader at 9,500gns was the Charolais champion, Bonnykelly Nominator from father and son, Graham and Mark Leggat, New Pitsligo. This June 2017-born bull is by Gretnahouse Ivory, out of Bonnykelly Freda and sold to J. and W. Kellas, Dufftown. The Leggats also received 6,800gns for a similarly aged son of Gretnahouse Ivory, Bonnykelly Nimrod, which was snapped up by F.J. Keir, Alford.
Albert and George Howie, Peterhead, sold two bulls for 8,000gns and 6,500gns. The dearest, selling to the Mackie family, Alford, was the Limousin champion, Knock Nelson, a 22-month-old son of the 21,000gns Goldies Goldfinger.
Selling for 6,500gns was their reserve Limousin champion, Knock Nickleback, an April 2017-born bull by the same sire, which sold to A. Mackay and Son, Watten.
Simmental bulls reached 6,000gns for Tillyeve Invincible from the Bruce family, Udny, Ellon. This 23-month-old son of Woodhall Ellison sold to George Wilson, Huntly.
Another at 6,000gns, was the Aberdeen-Angus champion, Orbliston Jacobite from A.M. Shepherd, Fochabers. This 24-month-old bull is by Ballindalloch Master Peter, was knocked down to M. Langlands, Alyth.
Two bulls sold for 5,500gns including the second prize Limousin bull, August 2017-born Fodderletter Nimrod by Spittalton Gold from Michael Robertson and family, Tomintoul, which went home with John and Jean Henderson, Dingwall.
Matching that price was the Stronach family’s Simmental champion, Islavale Ivan, a 24-month-old bull by Islavale Frontier, which sold to R. and J. Francis, Insch.
Next best at 5,200gns was the reserve Simmental champion from the Sutherland brothers, Elgin. Selling to Duncan McCallum, Dingwall, was Glenlossie Iceman, a 24-month-old son of Omorga Denman.
The reserve Charolais champion from AJR Farms, Ellon, made 4,800gns to M. and I. Steel, Banchory. This was Logiestate Neil, an April, 2017-born bull by Goldies Golddust.
Also selling at 4,800gns was the third prize Limousin bull, Elrick Nebraska from Mike Massie, Ellon. Born in May 2017 and by Elrick Jethro, it travelled to Orkney with J.S. and H.M. Hamilton.
At 4,500gns was Andrew Gammie’s first prize Charolais bull, Westpit Nevada. This May 2017-born bull by Balmyle Bollinger, sold to C. Smith, Banchory.
Another at that price was Mike Massie’s second prize May 2017-born Limousin bull, Elrick Nemisis, by Foxhillfarm Impecabull. The buyer was P.J. and I. Stuart, Strathdon.
The Charollais bull, Elgin Navarra from the Milne family at Kennieshillock, Elgin, also sold for 4,500gns to John Gordon, Wellheads, Huntly.
Out with the leading prices, the reserve champion Aberdeen-Angus also from Messrs Shepherd, made 3,500gns. This was Orbliston Prince Cooley which sold to AG Steel, Banff.
In the Salers section, the champion, Rigel Mungo from Rigel Pedigree, Yarm, made 3,000gns to J.B. Smith, Aberlour.
Champion in the any other breed section was Sarah Balfour’s British Blue bull, Fodderletter Mister Tom which sold for 3,000gns to James Mackay. Aberlour.
Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts.