The Aberdeen Angus average of £4,544 for 32 bulls sold, was up £72 on the year for the same number sold with a 73 per cent clearance.
The breed’s new chief executive, Johnny Mackey said: "Trade has been positive given the uncertainty of the industry. Demand for females is systematic of commercial buyers moving towards more native breeds and a lower cost of production."
The highflyer of the general sale was the senior champion Haughton Levi P105 from Peter Whittaker, Spurstow selling for 20,000gns.
Knocked down to County Antrim’s James Porter, the January-2014 born Hallington Evo son was the vendor’s best sale return to date.
It’s dam, Haughton Laura L026 was female champion at the Royal Highland in 2014, and it’s grand-dam Lockerley Laura D444 bred a bull sold for 24,000gns.
Two then hit 7,000gns, both April-2014 born bulls from Graeme Massie, Aboyne.
The first was the junior and overall male champion, Blelack Bluey P348, selling to David Walker, Nairn and bred out of the Royal Highland class winner, Blelack Bluebird M875.
It is by Blelack Evergreat H003 which has sired sons to 25,000gns and 19,000gns.
Next was reserve male and intermediate champion, Blelack Everest P300, knocked down to Carskiey Partners, Argyll.
This year’s Royal Highland junior male champion, it is by Blelack Equity J127 and it’s grand-dam, Blelack Eyrie G197 was sold for 32,000gns, a current breed record.
At 6,000gns was the March-2014 born Linton Gilbertines Draco P848 from the trustees of the late Gordon R. Brooke, Earlston. By the 40,000gns Rawburn Black Hawk it was knocked down to Devon’s U.M. and R.J. Venner.
The reserve junior champion from the same vendor sold for 5,500gns and also went down south to Mark Halstead, Norwich.
Forfar’s Tom Rennie led the female trade at 11,000gns for the June-2011 born Mosston Muir Ingrid L289.
Selling to Graham. Willox, Old Meldrum, it is a Mosston Muir Elgin J232 daughter. It’s nine-month old heifer calf, Mosston Muir Ingrid R351 sold for 7,000gns to the same buyer.
At 10,000gns was the March-2013 born Rawburn Ebony N666 from John Elliot, Kelso and bought by John Walsh, Lancashire. Another Rawburn lot of the same age, this time Ebony N666 sold for 6,300gns to F.J. Fraser and Son, Angus.
Mr Whittaker’s females topped at 7,500gns for Haughton Justine Erica L012. Bought by Temple Farms, Somerset it was first prize and part of the winning inter-breed pairs at this year’s Royal Highland and reserve champion at the national show at Kelso Show.
32 bulls, £4,544 (32 bulls, £4,472 in 2014); 27 females, ££4,070 (19 females, £2,553 in 2014).
Auctioneers: United Auctions.
The highlight of the Aberdeen Angus sales was total herd sale of the Lancashire based Weeton herd for John and Doreen Loftus.
The 84 lots peaked at 18,000gns and grossed £382,000.
Leading their trade at 18,000gns was the 2007-born cow Blelack Eyrie G197 which was bought by K. Mcoscar, Co. Tyrone.
Purchased for a breed record price of 32,000gns at the Blelack sale in 2012, the Nightingale Ernie B133 daughter is the full sister to the 16,000gns Blelack Black Eagle. It’s embryo daughters later realised 7,000gns and 5,800gns with another two at 5,000gns.
Next at 15,000gns, and also out of Mr Loftus’ sale topper, was the March-2013 Weeton Eyrie N376. By Netherallan Peter Pershore E025, it sold to R. and C. Rettie, Alloa.
The April-2012 born cow Weeton Diamond Mist M351 then sold to Redhead and Watson, Berwick for 13,000gns. It’s 10-month-old bull calf, Weeton Diamond Mine P444 then secured a new breed record, going under for 14,000gns in an unequal split between Hamish Sclater, Turriff and TJ and G Maclean, Raddery, Fortrose.
Two four-year-old cows made 10,000gns, the first being Weeton Miss Essence L327 selling to D. Rankin, Isle of Skye. The other, Weeton Rosebud L315, was the pick of D.J. Brady, Co. Tyrone.
28 cows and calves, £6,484; 4 calves, £5,985; 16 in-calf cows, £2,625; 24 in-calf heifers, £3,605; 1 maiden heifer, £4,200; 2 recipient and embryo, £2,258; 11 bulls, £3,551.