Saler record broken
For the second year in a row a new breed record price for Salers was set at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas when the Saler Cattle Society’s staged their 26th annual show and sale on Saturday.
At the show, which was held on Friday, judge Michael Durno from Auchorachan, Glenlivet, picked out Bacardi Legend shown by Roy and Adam Crockett from Deanfoot, Denholm, Hawick as overall champion.
And the bull lived up to his name and set the new record price of 15,000gns to John Martin from Swinlees, Dalry, Ayrshire.
This May 2016 born bull, which is by top sire Gulliver and out of a home bred mother by a home bred dam, was also the junior champion as well as the bull champion.
Robin Anderson, Wallets managing director and senior auctioneer, said the popularity of these excellent French-bred cattle as suckler replacements was now firmly established.
He said:“This sale was attended by both buyers and breeders from Aberdeen to Cornwall and Wales to both Northern and Southern Ireland resulting in what was probably the strongest overall trade experienced to date.”
The second top price of the day came late in the sale when there was a flurry of activity with four bulls all going for more than 7,000gns.
The leader was the senior bull Cuil King, a three-year-old shown by Colin McClymont of Cuil Farm, Palnure, Newton Stewart, which reached 7,800gns with the successful bid coming from Jamie McIntyre and Son, Milton Cullerlie, Echt, Westhill, Aberdeenshire.
Two bulls made 7,200gns, the first was Drumlegagh Kurt, a three-year-old senior bull which was a second prizewinner, shown by Messrs J&EA Elliott from Newtonstewart, Northern Ireland. He was purchased by Mr J Wright, Milkhouse, 9 breed record The Clachan, Barr, Girvan.
The other was the second prizewinning junior bull Kaimburn Laser shown byEdgarston Trading from Camptown, Jedburgh, and bought by the Milne Family from North Bethelnie, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie.
The champion and top priced female came from Messrs Walling of Farmstock Genetics, Over Whitelaw Farm, Linden, Selkirk which sold for for 3,300gns to Mr W K Blair, Parkhead Cottage, Kilry, Blairgowrie.
The commercial section of the sale saw an unprecedented trade with in-calf heifers selling to £1850 for a pair from R A Austin, Boreland of Girthon, Gatehouse of Fleet and £1850 for a pen of bulling heifers from Colin McClymont,
Cuil. Sale averages, pedigree section: 15 bulls: £5810 (+ £1048); 17 pedigree in-calf heifers: £2501.47 (- £152); four pedigree bulling heifers: £2221.25 (+ £376).
Commercial section: 21 in-calf heifers: £1733.33 (N/C); 165 bulling heifers and heifer stirks£1372.56 (+ £104).
Sale leader The 15,000gn bull from Roy and Adam Crockett set a new
Second top price Colin McClymont’s bull from Cuil Farm, Palnure, made 7,800gns