Five Aberdeen-Angus bulls sold for the top price of 10,000gns on
the opening day of the autumn bull sales week at Perth on Monday
Netherton Missie A114 sold for the top price – and a new breed
record for a female – of 30,000gns
Trade held up remarkably well against the background of the recent
foot-and-mouth disease restrictions and ongoing blue tongue crisis
and 60 bulls were traded compared with only 36 a year ago.
The overall average, however, fell by £777 to £3621
against £4398 in 2006.
But it was the females which stole the show later in the day when
a cow in W and D McLaren’s Matron’s Sale from Netherton,
Blackford, Perthshire, sold for a new breed record price for a female
Northern Ireland judge, Alwyn Armour, 75 Begny Hill Road, Dromara,
Dromore, Co Down, was impressed with the cattle paraded before him.
“It was a good level show of bulls,” said Mr Armour. “I
was paying particular attention to mobility which is very important
but I was also looking for size and shape.”
He said his champion was “correct on all respects” with
tremendous character, depth of body and loin and a strong head.
The bull, Balmachie Franco F023, a 19 month old ET son of Netherton
Kiwi Sam A141 (a son of the 16,000gns cow, Kim of Fordafourie), was
shown by John Laascelles and his son, also John, from Balmachie,
Carnoustie, Angus, who were stepping up from reserve position last
year. Their champion went on to sell for 10,000gns to David Walker,
Standing reserve for both the supreme and junior championships was
the 18 month old, Idvies Junior Eric F286, by the 28,000gns Jeremy
Eric of Bridgefoot, from F J Fraser and Son, Newton of Idvies, Forfar,
Angus. This bull also realised 10,000gns to Robert McNeill, Kincardine
Castle, Auchterarder, Perthshire.
The sale got off to a great start with the second animal in the
ring attracting the first 10,000gns bid. This was the unshown two
year old bull, Drumdow Elgar E286, by The Moss Passionate Z010, from
W and E I Brown, Laigh Drumdow, Turnberry, Ayrshire. The successful
bidder was Sandy Haggart, Muirmouth, Madderty, Crieff.
This was followed shortly afterwards with another 10,000gns bid
made by George Muir, Gorn, Shapinsay, Orkney, for the fifth prize,
Haymount Wavuzzo E601, by Lockerley Kruz Z310, from J and W Arnott,
Haymount, Kelso, Roxburghshire.
Later in the sale, a first prize junior bull, Rawburn Rock Solid
F544, by Hoff Limited Edition SC 594, exhibited by John Elliot, Roxburgh
Mains, Kelso, realised the fifth 10,000gns price when sold to Glympton
Estate, Woodstock, Oxford.
Haymount also sold a second prize bull by the Lockerley sire, Haymount
Girazzo E596, at 7000gns to Terry Coghill, Muce, Birsay, Orkney,
and the same price was obtained by E A and M C Jones, Paulsland House,
Rull Lane, Cullompton Devon, for the senior champion, Rull Evitus
F052, a 21 month old son of Rawburn Transformer F052, to John Walker
and Son, Sauchenbush, Echt, Aberdeenshire. This bull was breed champion
at the Royal Show in the summer.
In a remarkable trade for Netherton females, the six year old cow,
Netherton Missie A114, by Netherton Fabulous Cruz Y300, sold for
the top price – and a new breed record for a female – of
30,000gns to John Lascelles.
Leading buyers were Dunira Estates, Comrie, Perthshire, whose top
bid was 12,000gns for the five year old cow, Netherton Blackbird
B172, by Netherton Lord Jock Z005. A new herd is being founded at
Dunira which was home to a famous herd in the 1930’s.
Third top price was 10,000gns for the five year old, Netherton Fleur
B199, by Dalrene Cruz 11F, to Dr Michael Sheahan, Luddenmore, Grange,
Kiolmalock, Co Limerick, who also paid 6500gns for the five year
old, Netherton Flora B162, by the New Zealand sire, Ranui W Impact
The 16 females in the Netherton sale grossed £108,000 to average £6805.
In the collective sale of females, top price was 10,000gns for the
four year old cow, Mosston Muir Jennifer Erica C060, by Mosston Muir
Lord Rennie A021, from Tom Rennie, Mosston Muir, Forfar, Angus, whose
herd is the current Aberdeen-Angus Show Herd of theYear.
The buyer was Mr Foster, Bunker Hill Farm, Hook, Hants, who also
paid 5000gns for six month old heifer calf by Warrenho Emperor D141.
The champion female, Cardona Black Barbara E340, a two year old
daughter of Lockerley Eastern Cruz A093 from John Henderson, 50 Ballyheather
Road, Strabane, Co Tyrone, sold for 3200gns to Dr Neil Ainsworth,
Little Billinge, Scar Farm, Carr Lane, Blackburn, Lancs.
The reserve, Muirhall Gastura F034, by Hayrish Paragon Cruz A009,
from Bill and Sarah Reid, Uppermuirhall Farm, Kinfauns, Perth, sold
for the top price in the show cattle of 4800gns to Mr Henderson,
Culrain Mains, Ross-shire.
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