Wallets Marts Castle Douglas held their fortnightly store and OTM cattle sale on Monday in conjunction with their annual May sale of breeding cattle.
359 store cattle were sold and, whilst quality was poorer in general than a fortnight ago, trade for all classes was dearer.
Topping the sale at £1350 was a pen of Salers bullocks shown by MrWT Evans, Awhirk, Stranraer. Top price per kg in the bullock section was 300p paid to Messrs Davidson, Poldean, for an outstanding pen of eight Charolais crosses. Heifers sold to £1210 for Aberdeen Angus crosses from A Muir & Son, Milton Park, and to 277.2p per kg for Charolais crosses, again from Poldean. Overall averages saw bullocks level at 236.6p and heifers level at 222.03p.
A smaller show of 28 OTM cattle were once again well bid for, selling to 196p per kg for an overage heifer from Slatehouse with the top price of £1607.70 being paid to A Smith, Low Arkland, for a Charolais bull. Top price OTM cow was £1380.40 for a Simmental cross from Barr of Spottes.
The later spring and lack of fodder impacted on breeding trade and whilst the stronger, fleshier outfits were easily cashed, leaner types struggled.
Breeding bulls topped at £2500 for a Charolais from TB Hansell & Co, Nether Barr. Heifers with calves at foot sold to £2250 off Garmartin whilst bulling heifers topped at £1120 for a pen of Aberdeen Angus from Auchenleck.
Bullocks, Limousin: £1205 Kirkmabreck; £1160 Flathill; £1080 Risk; £980 Flathill. Shorthorn: £930 Waterside ofTerregles. Simmental: £1015 Risk. Charolais: £1165 Kirkmabreck; £950 Killochy. Angus: £1110 Garrarie; £1100 Palmallet; £1060, £1020 Langbarns; £1010 Palmallet. Saler: £1350 Awhirk; £1135 Kirkmabreck. Luing £870 Knockneen; £840 Muncraig. British Blue £1080 Risk.
Heifers, Limousin: £1165 Kirkmabreck; £930 Park ofTongland. Charolais: £1190 Kirkmabreck. Angus: £1210 Milton Park; £1065 Hill of Balmaghie; £1020 Moss-side; £1000 Arbigland. Luing: £1115, £1000(x2) Arbigland. Simmental: £1090, £1045 Drumhumphry. Blonde: £890 Knockneen. British Blue: £1040, £965 Risk OTM, cows: Angus: £1074 Slatehouse; £947 Muncraig. Limousin: £951 Upper Hardland; £824 Castlehill. Luing: £730 Muncraig. Simmental: £1380 Barr of Spottes.
Bulls: £1607 Low Arkland. Breeding cattle
Heifers with bull calves at foot: £2250, Garmartin; £2150, £1950, £1850 Derrie; £1800(x2) Flathill; £1800 Garmartin; £1700 Flathill.
Heifers with heifer calves at foot: £1950 Flathill; £1850(x3) Garmartin; £1750 Flathill; £1700(x2) Derrie; £1700 Flathill.
Bulling heifer: £1120, £1020(x2); £1000 Au chen le ck ;£930 Water side, T er reg les.
Bull: £2500 Nether Barr