One of the best quality shows of pedigree Luing bulls seen in recent years at the breed society sale at Castle Douglas peaked at 8,500gns, with all classes of cattle well up on the year.
The sale leader at 8,500gns was Luing Viking, a 22-month-old bull from Cadzow Bros, Isle of Luing, which sold to Floors Farming Co, Duns.
Next at 7,500gns was Finlarg Viscount, a May 2016-born bull from Robert and Hazel McNee, Finlarg, which was knocked down to Professor Penny, Harehead.
Top price in the in-calf section was 2,700gns paid to R. McNee, Benhar, by Messrs Burke, Nether Stewarton, Peebles.
At the pre-sale show of heifers the judge, Douglas McFadzean, Balado, Kinross, awarded the champion in-calf heifer prize to a pair of heifers shown by Stephen Murray from the Rockcliffe herd, Kirkbean. In-calf to Benhar Sheriff they made 2,300gns/head to Sophie McCarlie, Harthill. Reserve champions were a pair from Messrs McNee, which sold for 2,500gns/head to C.M. Reid, Boreland, Eddleston.
Champion pair of bulling heifers were from Professor Penny, which sold for 1,900gns/head to Messrs Burke, Peebles. Reserve champions were from D. and A. Barr, Milkieston, and sold for 2,350gns to the same buyer. This was followed at 2,300gns for a pair from Cadzow Bros, selling to Messrs Fenwick, Powys.
A special feature of the event was the sale of a pedigree heifer in aid of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Donated by Prof Penny, it went on to sell for 1,900gns to Andrew Ewing, Annan.
Averages - 28 bulls, £4,998.75 (+£32); 98 bulling heifers, £1,538.27 (+£228); 31 in-calf heifers, 32,355 (+326).
Auctioneers: Wallets Mart.