At the first day of the Stirling bull sales there was a better than anticipated trade for Aberdeen-Angus which peaked at 24,000gns.
The sale average was also up on last year at £5,804, as was the clearance rate at 70 per cent compared to 64 per cent in 2015.
Breed society chief executive, Johnny Mackey said because of the current economic climate vendors had been more selective about the bulls offered for sale resulting in as good a line-up of commercial bulls as had been seen at the sale with the strong trade underpinned by commercial buyers.
Topping the sale at 24,000gns was the overall and senior champion, April 2014-born, Tonley Evor P044 from Neil Wattie which sold to Rae Grieve for the Carlhurlie pedigree herd, Leven, Fife.
By Blelack Evor H929, the 18,000gn February 2010 senior champion, which also sired Mr Wattie’s October 2014 Stirling champion, Tonley Parto, it is out of the Hurdcott Elixier daughter, Tonley Elma K755. This is a personal best price for the Wattie family who run 120 pedigree cows at Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Tom Arnott, the new breed society president and his wife, Wendy from Kelso, sold two bulls for 10,000gns. June 2014-born Haymount Geresso P489, a son of Skaill Darkness whose first sons sold to 11,000gns in 2015, out of Haymount Gerastara, was knocked down to Hugh Hodge, Stanley, Perth.
Also at this money was May 2014-born Haymount Eversmith P474 out of Haymount Elouzzo which sold to Alex Sangar, Montrose. This was one of the two sons of Gretnahouse Blacksmith L500, a bull the Arnotts own in partnership with its breeder, Alasdair Houston, Gretna Green, to make 10,000gns.
The other was April 2014-born Gretnahouse Blackpot P685 out of Blelack Blackbird from Mr Houston which was knocked down to J. Gilmour and Co, Penstone, East Lothian.
Also selling for 10,000gns was Linton Gilbertines Black Prince P865, a June 2014 son of Linton Gilbertines Rowan K414 out of Linton Gilbertines Black Princess Cherry J172. It was consigned by the Trustees of the late Gordon Brooke, Earlston which had the winning pair and group of three and four in the pre-sale show. It sold to Mr Johnston, Stromness, Orkney.
The final bull to sell for 10,000gns to Kevin McCosker, Cookstown, Co Tyrone, was the junior champion, Blelack Mr Braveheart P411 from N.F. Massie and Sons, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. This first son of Warrenho Emperor M425 out of Blelack Miss Bangle was junior champion at Turiff show as a calf and reserve champion at the Black Beauty Bonanza at 15 months old.
AVERAGES – 93 bulls, £5,804 (109 bulls, £5,260 in 2015).