PEDGIREE bulls met a steady demand at United Auctions’ sale at Stirling on Monday (May 1), with a Salers topping the trade at 12,000gns.
Equalling the breed’s record price, set by two bulls in February this year, was Drumaglea Kes, a two-year-old son of Drumaglea Bordeaux.
It was bred by Patrick Boyd, Isle of Tiree, who matched his previous best, having sold one at 12,000gns in February. Out of the Ublo daughter, Drumaglea Arabella, it went to pedigree breeders Malcolm and Gill Pye, Stirling.
At 8,500gns, another Salers, Whitebog Kick-Ass, from Alister MacKenzie, Fortrose, sold to W. Duncan, East Lediken, Insch. This 21-month-old Seawell Diplomat son, out of Whitebog Faye, stood breed champion prior to the sale.
Matching this price was the best of the Charolais bulls, the pre-sale breed champion, Elgin Lochness, from the Milne family, Kennieshillock, Elgin.
Sired by the 14,000gns Westcarse Houdini, and out of Elgin Heidi, this 19-month-old was knocked down to Allan McArthur, Balfron.
The reserve champion Charolais made the next top price of 8,000gns. This was Goldies Lively, a Gretnahouse Heman son from Hamish Goldie, Dumfries. The buyers were J. and A. Dunlop, Ayrshire.
Achieving the best clearance of the sale were the Simmentals, with 90 per cent of them selling to a top of 7,400gns. Making that money was the 19-month-old Corskie Glenfiddich, from Iain Green, Garmouth.
Sired by the past Highland Show breed champion, Dirnanean Bradley, this one went to Messrs Pearson, Manor Farm, Belencowe, Penrith.
Another from the Corskie herd sold at 7,200gns, paid by J.S. Fraser, Ross-shire, for Corskie Global, an 18-month-old son of the 45,000gns Bel Dhu Capercaillie, out of Corskie Daystar.
Matching the 7,200gns bid was Islavale Guardian, from Stewart Stronach, Keith. An Islavale Denzil son, out of Islavale Panda, it sold to A. Sharp and Sons, Tough.
The Limousin breed also enjoyed a strong clearance, with 84 per cent of the entry finding buyers.
Best of the lot was Goldies Liam, a 20-month-old son of the 38,000gns Foxhillfarm Irishlad, which sold at 7,200gns to A. and H. Sim, Monymusk. Its dam is the Normande Arapaho daughter Goldies Eva.
Spittalton Lotus, from Andrew Burnett, Blair Drummond, sold at 6,800gns to J. and J. Wylie, Dunfermline. By Ampertaine Foreman, it is out of the Haltcliffe Vermount daughter Spittalton Iris.
At 6,500gns, Jimmy and Donald MacGregor, Milton of Campsie, sold Dyke Lino, which went to W. Thomson and Son, Kelty. Breed champion at the pre-sale show, it is by the 8,500gns Netherhall Gilbert.
Aberdeen-Angus bulls met a steady trade, with 75 per cent of them selling to a top of 6,800gns. Best of the bunch was Linton Gilbertines Lazer R950, from Trustees of the late Gordon Brooke, Earlston. A Rawburn Black Hawk L261 son, this two-year-old sold to A. Lindsay, Castle Douglas.
Leading the Beef Shorthorn prices was the champion, Ballylinney John Boy, a two-year-old from L.J. Townsend, Moffat, having been bred by Derek Steen, Lockerbie. This Fearn Wyvis son sold at 6,000gns to the Scottish Government Bull Stud, Inverness.
Highland bulls peaked at 5,000gns for the champion, with the McConachie family, Grantown-on-Spey, selling Bryden 1 of Culfoich to A. and P. Casey, Orkney.
Bulls: 4 Highlands, £1,811; 9 Salers, £5,635; 25 Charolais, £4,578; 37 Simmentals, £4,475; 51 Limousins, £4,025; 30 Aberdeen-Angus, £4,354; 4 Shorthorns, £4,200. Females: 12 Highlands, £624; 6 Limousins, £1,516.
Auctioneers: United Auctions.