Cen­tre record for spring-born calf

The Galloway News - - COUNTRYSID­E -

Wal­lets Marts Cas­tle Dou­glas Limited staged their an­nual show and sale of 772 spring-born suck­led calves on Satur­day.

At the show prior to the sale the judge, Miss So­phie Watt, Cairn­tack, Bel­helvie picked her cham­pion in the form of an out­stand­ing black Li­mousin cross heifer from Mr Ed McNeill, Shen­nan­ton. Scal­ing 348kgs it sold for a cen­tre record price of £1,380 sell­ing to Mr McLean, Isle of Tiree.

Re­serve cham­pion was a Li­mousin bul­lock from M& GB arr, Meik­leK irk land which scaled 358kgs and made £960 to Messrs Scott, Wig­ton.

First prize pen of four bul­locks were Li­mousins from Messrs Arm­strong, Farhills which weighed 288kgs and sold for £710 for Messrs Scott, Wig­ton.

First prize pen of Charo­lais crosses came from Messrs Ram­say, Craig­nar­get whose pen of Charo­lais crosses scaled 343kgs and made £750 to Deryk Par­rish, Hassendeen­burn.

Out­with the top prize win­ners bul­locks topped at £900 for Li­mousin crosses from Up­per Hard­land and Charo­lais crosses from Craig­nar­get and to 273.4p for Li­mousin from McNeill Es­tates, Shen­nan­ton. Heifers sold to £1020 for Li­mousins from Farhills and to 320.8p per kg from the same home.

Also for­ward were 21 bull calves which met a strong de­mand sell­ing to £770 and 254.4 pf or Charo­lai sc ross es from TI& T Fitzsi­mon, Sun­ny­hill. The bulls av­er­aged 229.41p per kg.

With trade be­ing ahead of most sell­ers ex­pec­ta­tions the av­er­age prices on the year fell by just over £50 per head to £666.85 for 13 per cent more cat­tle sold.

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