The Farmers Guardian-supported sale topped at 9,000gns for the reserve male champion, and although averages were marginally back on the year, the clearance rate was 80 per cent, with 79-head selling out of 99 on offer.
One-fifth of the animals sold to Germany and a further four went to Denmark, three to Estonia and two to Italy.
Judge and Rannoch Fold owner Donald MacNaughton awarded the male championship to the best two-year-old bull Corineal of Balmoral, from The Queen, Balmoral Estates. Sired by Prionnsa Dubh of Craigowmill, this bull achieved the second highest bid of the day, selling at 7,000gns to Tom Nelson, the recently retired breed society president, and owner of the Glengorm Fold, Isle of Mull.
However, it was the reserve male champion which topped the sale. Selling at 9,000gns to Jon H. Strickland, Cladich Fold, was Campbell of Tilbouries from J. and L. Fraser and Son, Marycoulter, Aberdeen, who were selling at Oban for the first time.
Sired by Campbell 1 of Tordarroch, the young bull had been successfully shown during 2015, including male champion at the Sutherland, Nairn and Grantown shows.
The second placed bull in the same class, Cathag Dubh of Craigowmill, from Messrs Brown, Kinross, sold for 5,000gns to Leys Estate, Inverness.
Also at 5,000gns was the day’s female champion, Susan 19 of Ormsary from Sir William J. Lithgow, (Ormsary), Lochgilphead. Sired by Callum 2 of Goldenberry, the heifer was sold in-calf to Padruaig of Gildenvale, to David Smith, Fraserburgh.
The reserve female champion was Hazel 15 of Knockendon from Ronald and Frances Fergie, Dalry, Ayrshire. Sired by James Beusach of An Sidhean, this one also went home with Mr Smith, for 1,500gns. The same buyer also paid 2,500gns for the best two-year-old heifer from K. Howman, Shepperton, Middlesex.
Among the European purchasers were J. Uhre, Denmark, who paid 2,500gns for Leumadair of Glengorm, from Glengorm, and H. Hoof, Germany who paid the same money for Donald Dubh of Cailaich from R. and S. Strachan, Isle of Mull.
Lachlan of Eilean Mor from Karen and Michael Macgregor, Argyll, made 2,400gns to T.A. Groves, Dunoon.