Heading the overall pre-sale championship and the price list in the Aberdeen-Angus section was March 2016-born Linton Gilbertines President S021 from the Trustees of the late Gordon R. Brooke, Earlston.
The total entry of bulls averaged £5,063, achieving a 77 per cent clearance rate.
By Netherallan Peter Pershore E052, the sale leader is out of Belhaven Pole Star H070. A winner of the inter-breed beef breeder championship at the Royal Highland Show in June, it was also male champion at the Great Yorkshire Show and overall champion at Border Union. Described as by the vendors as ‘the best bull the herd has ever sold’, it was knocked down for 17,000gns to Gordon Gray, Selkirk, and Caroline Orr, Dunfermline.
The reserve overall champion, the junior victor Mccornick Destroyer S217 from Martin McCornick, Newton Stewart, was next at 11,000gns.
A son of Halbeath Pentagon N511 and Mccornick Duchess P041, Destroyer was reserve male breed champion at Border Union and breed champion at Dumfries. Born in April 2016, it sold to Clive Richardson, Annaghmore.
Two bulls topped at 6,500gns, paid firstly for the reserve intermediate champion from A.J.R. Farms, Ellon. March 2016-born Logie Lawyer S644 is by Rawburn Enoch L309 out of Logie Lavender N352, and sold to P. Crawfurd, Glenluce.
Also making this money was the fourth placed Retties Lancelot S364 from Richard and Carol Rettie, Devonside. By Rawburn Elysium F547 and out of Wall Lady Ruth E397, it is an ET brother to Retties Lady Ruth N228, a multi-national breed show champion. The buyer was J. and W. Arnott, Kelso.
A.W. Neish, Maiden Bradley, paid 6,200gns for the third prized Blelack Evorats S677, a Blelack Black Blockbuster P358 son from Neil Massie and Sons, Aboyne. Born in April 2016, it is out of Blelack Evora P380, which is a full sister to Blelack Evor, a bull which has had sons sell at 25,000gns.
Averages: 37 bulls, £5,063 (26 bulls, £5,379 in 2016).
THE anticipated dispersal of the Cheeklaw herd of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus cattle, was held on behalf of David and Christine Lucas and family, Duns.
Trade hit 20,000gns twice, paid firstly for March 2013-born cow Cheeklaw Pride N449. By Haymount Wavestar K986 and out of Cheeklaw Petrina G284, it sold with its six-month-old Cardona Proud Punch-sired heifer calf at foot.
In-calf to Balmachie Lord Jock, the outfit was bought by McCoska, Northern Ireland.
Also at 20,000gns was the trade topping cow’s 2016-bred daughter, the maiden heifer Cheeklaw Pru S541. Also by Proud Punch, it found a home with Messrs Decogan, Southern Ireland. The price achieved for Pru is believed to be a maiden heifer breed record.
Brailes Livestock, Oxfordshire, took home two lots, including March 2012-born in-calf cow Cheeklaw Black Bitzy M418. By Easton Greys Joseph Eric C100 and out of a Cheeklaw Black Bess X16, it was knocked down with its May-born Lord Jock-sired bull calf, for 15,000gns.
Cheeklaw Black Betsy M417, a March 2012-born in-calf cow bred the same way as the latter exhibit made 11,000gns to the same buyers. It sold with its May-born heifer calf, which is also by Lord Jock.
Hitting 12,000gns was the Joseph Eric daughter Cheeklaw Jenny Erica N452. Out of Cheeklaw Jaye Erica G262, this cow was sold with its March-born Proud Punch-sired twin heifer calves at foot to A.W. Neish, Wiltshire
Commanding another bid of 12,000gns was the in-calf heifer Cheeklaw Black Belle R518. March 2015-born and by Proud Punch, it is out of Cheeklaw Black Bethel L387 and sold to Caroline Orr, Dunfermline.
IN the female Aberdeen-Angus section, the Rawburn herd from John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, led the prices at 8,000gns with a March 2015- born heifer which sold in-calf to Rawburn Boss Hogg. Rawburn Elsie R067 is by Netherallen Peter Pershore E052 and out of a home-bred cow. It sold to T.S. Knox, Patrick Brompton, North Yorkshire. At 6,000gns was Rawburn Ebony R091, a Rawburn Black Hawk LS61 daughter which sold in-calf to Boss Hogg to the same buyer.
Averages: 17 females, £3,036.
Auctioneers: United Auctions