TRADE for Aberdeen-Angus bulls peaked at 12,000gns at Stirling with the average down £1,141 at £4,596 with a 66 per cent clearance rate.
The sale leader was the junior champion, Brailes Fabulous U023, a May 2018-born son of Gretnahouse Blacksmith L500 out of Gretnahouse Fleur R758 from Brailes Livestock, Oxfordshire and brought out by Richard and Carol Rettie. It had been calf champion at Perth Show last year and sold to Daniel Whiteford, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Selling for 8,200gns was the reserve junior champion, McCornick Denzel U480, a May 2018-born bull by Skaill Dino P099 out of McCornick Duchess P012 consigned by Martin McCornick, Newton Stewart. The buyer was J. Innes, Huntly.
Another bull from Brailes Livestock, March 2018-born Schivas Methlick Boy U638, which had been breed champion at Stirling Show, reserve male champion at the Royal Highland Show and junior male champion at the Aberdeen-Angus national show at the Royal Welsh, sold for 8,000gns.
Bred by Schivas Estate and by Gretnahouse Exocet R770 out of Schivas Miss Betty N149, it sold to A.M. Shepherd, Fochabers.
The intermediate champion, Tonley Excel U490, a March 2018-born son of Nightingale Perry L577 out of Tonley Ester S255 from Neil Wattie, Alford, Aberdeenshire, sold for 7,200gns. A big winner in the show ring this season, it was knocked down to Balavil Estate Services, Kingussie.
Next at 7,000gns was the senior and overall champion, Blelack Dakota U898, a January 2018-born bull by Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 out of Oakchurch Darlene which had been bull calf champion at the Black Beauty Bonanza.
Consigned by N.F. Massie and Sons, Aboyne, it sold to James Porter, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
Average – 58 bulls, £4,596 (61 bulls, £5,737 in 2018).