THE Luing Cattle Society sale of pedigree cattle at Wallets Mart topped at 18,000gns with a 90 per cent clearance rate.
The sale leader was Finlarg Warrior, an April 2017-born bull, by Benhar Snowie out of Finlarg Bracken from Robert and Hazel McNee, Finlarg, Tealing, which sold to Professor W.A. Penny, Harehead, Duns.
Next at 17,000gns was April 2017-born Harehead Walker, by Finlarg Nero, from Prof. Penny which was knocked down to C.C. McArthur and Co, Nunnerie, Biggar. Robert McNee, Benhar, Armadale, sold Benhar Wrangler for 10,000gns to Kedzlie Farms, Lauderdale.
At the pre-sale show of heifers the judge, Stewart Wood, Orkney, selected a pair of in-calf heifers from Robert McNee, Benhar,as his champion pair. Benhar Fairy V41 and Benhar Bracklinn V58 went on to sell for 3,100gns/head to Messrs Burke, Eddleston. Reserve champion in-calf heifers were a pair from D. and A. Stanners, Tyneside, which sold for 1,350gns/head to ACE Contracts.
The bulling heifers champion pair came from Prof Penny and sold for 1,450gns/head to Messrs Herdman, Alnwick. .Reserve champion bulling heifers were a pair from Pat Crerar, Lammermuir, which went on to sell for 1,900gns/head to M. Phillips, Mains of Minnydow.
Trade for heifers was selective throughout the sale with the stronger, better fleshed heifers being easiest to sell. Outwith the prize winners the sale topped at 3,200gns for a pair of in-calf heifers again from Mr McNee Benhar. W. Graham and Son, Craigdarroch, and Cadzow Bros, Luing both sold their bulling heifer consignments topping at 1,900gns. Averages were back from both classes of females, but 53 more heifers (41 per cent) were sold with a total clearance.
Averages - 22 in-calf heifers, £2,295.68 (– £60.05); 160 bulling heifers, £1,274.77 ( – £308.80); 28 bulls, £5,943.75 (+ £1,066.75).
Auctioneers: Wallets Mart.