Centre record for spring-born calf
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.