United Auctions sold 813 weaned and suckled calves at its principle show and sale of spring-born calves judged by Elaine Duguid, Burnside Farming, Banff. Champion was a LimX bullock from Ryan Shand, Lythebrae, Aberchirder, which scaled 390kg selling at £1,010 or 259p per kg to W Cameron, Burnside of Edingight. Reserve was a LimX heifer from S Rainnie, Loanhead, Logie Coldstone, which scaled 390kg selling at £1,100 or 282p per kg to Messrs George, Parks. Champion pen of four were CharX bullocks from Castle Grant Home Farm, Grantown on Spey which scaled 355kg and sold at £970 or 274p per kg . Bullocks (457) sold to average 225.4p per kg selling to a top of 331.8p per kg for a Limx from Mains of Coliethie, Gartlyand to £1,080 for 415kg LimX from Loanhead, Logie Coldstone. Heifers (344) sold to average 220.7p per kg selling to a top of 282p per kg or £1,100 for LimX from from Loanhead, Logie Coldstone.
The prize for the best overall pair of heifers at the Luing Cattle Society show and sale at United Auctions was won by T. Renwick & Sons, Blackhouse. Other awards by judge Andrew Marchant from Dumfries included: Luing in-calf heifers - The Woodland Trust Scotland, Finglass; Sim-Luing in-calf heifers - Robert McNee Ltd, Benhar; Luing bulling heifers - T. Renwick & Sons, Blackhouse; Sim-Luing bulling heifers - Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk. In-calf heifers sold to a top of 1,550gn for a heifer from A. Waugh, Walls to Braidland, Stewartson to average £1,418. Luing bulling heifers topped at 1,900gn for a pen of two from Blackhouse sold to Prof W. Penny, Harehead and averaged £1,259 for 74. Luing heifer calves followed with 11 selling from N. Horsfall, Rannoch, topping at 750gn for a pen of three to HJ Harbinson, Dyke Farm, Falkirk to ave £670 (+£28 on the year). The top price for SimLuing in-calf heifers was 2,400gn for a pair from Robert McNee Ltd, Benhar selling to C. Thomson, West Tulloch, Midmar, Aberdeenshire, and the average was £1,827 for 40 sold. Sim-Luing bulling heifers topped at 1,550gns for one from M. Halligan & AC Burke, Stewarton. She sold to James Foster, The Riddings, Bolton Abbey. The overall average was £1,332 (+£103 on the year) for 32 sold.