Most breeds saw increased averages on the year at Stirling’s multi-breed sale where 147 bulls changed hands peaking at 10,000gns.
Aberdeen-Angus led the way with 23 of the 24 bulls on offer being sold and achieving the 10,000gns top price for the breed champion, Blelack Jury Eric, from Neil and Graeme Massie, Aboyne. This Blelack Equity son joins Rae Gardener and Craig Smart’s recently established Newton Muchalls pedigree herd at Westhill, Aberdeeen.
Next in the section was Neil Wattie, Alford, Aberdeenshire, who took 6,000gns for Tonley Eminem by Blelack Evor. The buyer was S.J. and F. Fisher, Langholm.
Another at 6,000gns was 16-month-old Netherton Marvel from Willie McLaren, Blackford. By The Moss Mr Eshton, it sold to J. Stevenson, Linburn, Erskine.
Charolais sold more selectively with a 53 per cent of the bulls forward selling and peaking at 9,000gns for the Ugie Echo son, Balthayock Jetset from Major David Walter, Balthayock, Perth. They buyer was J.D. Leavesley, Burton on Trent.
Katreen Millar, Stirling, sold her pre-sale champion, Lakelady Jelle by Mortimers Echo, from her four cow herd for 7,200gns to D Thomson, Penrith.
Mornity Farms, Alyth, sold Mornity Jungle to Terry Coghill, Orkney, for 7,000gns. At the same money was 16-month-old Panmure Lincoln from J.M. Cant and Partners, Arbroath, which sold to G. Russell, Denny.
Limousins had a 90 per cent clearance with two bulls selling at 9,000gns, both from Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Dumfries. The pre-sale champion, Goldies Justgreat, sold to W. and R. Thompson, Kilsyth.
The second at this price was Goldies Jenson by Goldies Fantastic. The buyers were J. and R. Semple, Dalrymple.
Suckled calf producer Raymond Martyn, Blairgowrie, had to bid to 7,000gns to secure Maraiscote Jackdaniels, by Goldies Comet, from Ian Nimmo, Wishaw.
Simmentals sold well if a little selectively with a clearance of 67 per cent. The leading price of 7,800gns went to Garry Patterson, Keith, for Aultmore Franco, selling to Iain Green, Corskie, Garmouth. Pre-sale champion, Franco, by Grangewood Brandon, was bought inside its dam when it sold for 3,000gns at the Hazelden dispersal.
Mr Patterson’s Aultmore Fearless, also bought inside his dam at Hazelden made 6,500gns to D. Hyslop, Biggar.
Commercial producers, John Meikle and Sons, Dundee bid the second top Simmental price of 7,200gns to secure Iain Green’s 23-month-old Corskie Ferdo, by Dirnanean Bradley.
Atholl Estates, Pitlochry, had to bid to 6,000gns for the reserve champion, Islavale Fusilier, the first son to be sold by Delfur Casanova, consigned by Stewart Stronach, Keith.
The Salers also saw a 9,000gns top bid, which is a centre record for the breed, when Terence and Jane Pye, Rigel Pedigree, Yarm, North Yorkshire sold Rigel Rhett to W. Duncan and Co, Insch.
The Scottish Government’s bull stud at Knocknagael, Inverness paid 4,500gns for Combrian Hyn from Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk.
The next best price was the 3,500gns paid by Liam Muir, Orkney, to Ian McIntyre, Echt, for Corrichie Fernando.
Beef Shorthorns topped at 6,500gns for William Allan, Milton Lockhart Estate, South Lanarkshire, with his red and white pre-show champion Miltonlockhart Humphrey, which was knocked down to J. Innes and Son, Huntly.
Balgay Farms, Inchture, Perthshire sold Chapelton Braveheart son, Balgay Hador, to J.G.S. and D Duncan, Banff, for 3,500gns.
The Highland Cattle Society took part in the Stirling May sale for the first time achieving a top price of 1,600gns for the pre-sale reserve champion, Iain of Mottistone, from Michael Poland, Oban, selling to David Smith, Fraserburgh.
The male champion, Russell 2 of Graigowmill from Ken Brown, Kinross, made 1,400gns to A.J. Ewing, Annan.
The top female price from an entry of three was the 700gns bid for the 14-month-old heifer Hope 8 of Kipper Lynn from Edward Halford, Gateshead. The buyer was Whitehills Farming Co, Crieff.
Auctioneers: United Auctions.