HIGHLAND cattle sold to a top of 11,000gns at the breed’s annual spring show and sale in Oban on Monday, where only the best of bulls found new homes.
Securing a personal best for Angus and Michelle MacDonald, their son, Fraser, and his wife Carianne, was Muran Erchie of Ardbhan, an April, 2016-born black bull from their Ardbhan fold on North Uist. Second in its class in the pre-sale show, it is by the 1,200gns Gilleaspuig of Tiretigan, a stock bull bought eight years ago from Archie McArthur, and out of Muran Uibhist of Ardbhan. The buyer was German breeder, Bjoern Bedurftig, who runs 55 females near Bremen.
Next at 6,500gns when sold to the Applecross Estate, Isle of Skye, owned by the Applecross Trust, was a two-year-old bull from the 70-cow Glengorm fold at Tobermory, Isle of Mull. This was Angie Beag of Miungairigh, which was bred by the late Angus MacColl but brought out by Tom Nelson and Alexander Craig. It is a son of Craigowl 7 of Glamis Castle and out of one of the best cows in the fold, Clara Beg 1 of Muingairigh.
Ormsary Farmers, Lochgilphead, paid 3,500gns for Donnachadh Ruadh Vom Sunderberg from Michael Poland of the Mottistone fold, Upham, Southampton. Brought out by Willie Maclean, this first prize aged bull was June 2014-born and is by Donald of Tordarroch, out of Lady Alma of Pollock.
Mr Poland also led the female trade at 4,200gns with the senior heifer champion, Fern 2 of Mottistone. By Eoin Mhor 8 of Mottistone, a bull which has bred several champions, it is out of Fern 2 of Ardentraive which heads Cannon Hall Farms, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
The last bull to sell above 3,000gns was Philip of Richmondhill from first time vendor, Craig Finnie of the 24-cow Richmondhill fold at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. Selling for 3,400gns to the Glengorm fold, this April 2016-born son of Charles of Richmondhill, is bred from Heather of Richmondhill and stood breed champion at both the Black Isle and New Deer shows last summer.
Just behind in the female trade at 4,000gns was Capleadh 14 of Craigowmill from Kinross breeders, Ken and Eva Brown, who run 45 females in their Craigowmill fold. It is by Eilean Dubh 2 of Craigowmill, out of Capleadh 11 of Craigowmill and sold to R. Tylden-Wright, Laggan.
Averages: 10 two-year-old bulls, £2,898; 3 senior bulls, £5,950; 4 aged bulls, £2,362.50; 7 yearling bulls, £630; 4 senior heifers, £3,832.50; 8 three-year-old heifers, £2,480.63; 11 two-year-old heifers, £1,441.36; 15 yearling heifers, £1,011.50; 3 bullocks, £525; Killochries draft, 3, £1,155.
Auctioneers: United Auctions.