THE 26th show and sale of pedigree and commercial Salers breeding cattle took place at Castle Douglas, where a new breed record was set when a bull sold for 15,000gns.
Sponsored by Farmers Guardian, the sale was attended by breeders and buyers from across the country, who had the pick of 243 lots. Pedigree bulls sold to average, £5,810, which was up £1,048 on the year.
The record breaking bull was Bacardi Legend from Roy and Adam Crocket, Denholm, which was tapped out by judge Michael Durno, Auchorachan, Glenlivet, as overall pre-sale champion.
Born in May 2016, it is by Gulliver out of a home-bred bred dam and was the pick of John Martin, Swinlees, Dalry.
Colin McClymont, Newton Stewart, took 7,800gns for October 2015-born bull Cuil King, a Cumbrian Jonnie son out of a home-bred dam. The buyer was J.C. McIntyre and Son, Aberdeenshire.
Two bulls topped at 7,200gns, paid firstly for Drumlegagh Kurt from J. and E.A. Elliott, Drumlegagh. By Fanfan, Kurt was senior champion at the pedigree calf fair in Northern Ireland, and sold to J. Wright, Girvan.
Also at this money was April 2016-born bull Kaimburn Laser, a Seawell Highlander son which won its class at the Royal Highland back in June. Bred by Edgerston Trading, Jedburgh, it sold to R. Milne, Inverurie.
Whitebog Karbolic, a July 2015-born bull from A. MacKenzie, Fortrose, sold for 7,000gns to H. MacDonald, Mains of Dalvey.
Champion female came from Messrs Walling of Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk, with Cumbrian Charmaine 831. By Lataster Hector and in-calf to Cumbrian Roger, it went on to sell for 3,300gns to W.K. Blair, Kilry.
The commercial section saw in-calf heifers sell to £1,850/head for a pair from R.A. Austin, Boreland of Girthon, and again for another pair from R. and L. Howat, Kinnaird Farm, Cupar. Also making this money was a pen of bulling heifers from G.S. McClymont, Cuil.
Pedigree, 15 bulls, £5,810 (+£1,048); 17 in-calf heifers, £2,501.47 (-£152); 4 bulling heifers, £2,221.25 (+£376); 21 in-calf heifers, £1,733.33; 165 bulling heifers and heifer stirks, £1,372.56 (+£104).