The Farmers Guardian-supported show and sale of pedigree and cross-bred Salers cattle held at Castle Douglas in conjunction with the Salers Cattle Society had a large increase in the commercial section.
Attracting a full ringside of both pedigree and suckler producers, the judge, Glandon Lewis, Welshpool, awarded the overall championship to Harestone Lamborghini, from R. and N. Barclay, Insch.
This November 2016-born bull, by Whitebog Convener out of the imported cow, Ideale, sold for the joint top price of 9,000gns to Messrs Alexander, Blairgowrie.
Also selling for 9,000gns was September 2016-born Drumaglee Legend by Baron, out of Drumaglea Alice, from Patrick Boyd, Tiree. The buyer was Martin and Sons, Dalry.
The reserve overall champion was Bacardi Maximus, a junior bull, by Gulliver, from Roy and Adam Crockett, Hawick, which sold for 3,800gns.
Heifers topped at 3,000gns for Cuil Mabel, from Colin McClymont, Newton Stewart. This May-calving heifer sold to A. Hamilton, Thornhill.
The May 2016-born heifer, Drumlegagh Lea, by Fanfan, from the Elliotts, Newtownstewart, Northern Ireland, sold in-calf to Drumlegagh Hamish, to Alex Wright, Pinmore Mains, for 2,400gns.
Champion in the commercial section was a pen of four in-calf heifers from Messrs Crockett, which also secured the top price of £2,200/head, selling to Mr Wright. Reserve section champion was a pen of bulling heifers from Rob, Kath and Iain Livesey, Cleuchhead, which made
Averages – Pedigree section – 16 bulls, £4,672.50 (-£1,138); 18 in-calf heifers, £1,575 (-£926); 8 bulling heifers, £1,155 (-£1,066). Commercial section – 4 heifers with calves at foot, £1,687.50; 30 in-calf heifers, £1,733.33 (+£40); 200 bulling heifers and heifer stirks, £1,317.50 (-£55).
Auctoneers: Walletts Mart.