Irish buyers set the pace at the “Best of Blacks in the Borders” sale
of Aberdeen-Angus females at St Boswells on Saturday 17th November.
Trade was remarkably brisk, reflecting the high quality of the females
“We achieved a high clearance rate at satisfactory prices
with only four yearling heifers out of a total entry of more than
50 remaining unsold,” said auctioneer, Jack Clark, managing
director of John Swan Ltd. “All the cows with calves at foot
and heifers in calf found new homes.”
Mr Clark said it was also encouraging for the breed that three new
herds were being founded as a result of purchases made at the sale.
Top price was 12,000gns paid by the president of the Irish Aberdeen-Angus
Association, Albert de Cogan, Killamuckey, Castlemartyr, Co Cork,
for the 19 month old heifer, Duncanziemere Jody F223, from Alistair
Clark, Duncanziemere, Lugar, Cumnock, Ayrshire.
Sired by the 2003 Royal Highland Show male champion, Newcairnie
Pastor Z006, the heifer is a full sister to two Highland Show champions
- a bull which went on to win the championship at Perth in October,
2004, and sell for 7000gns, and a heifer which was Ayr and Ingliston
champion in 2006.
Second highest price was 5800gns bid by John Kissack, 29 Doctor’s
Road, Ballymena, Northern Ireland, for the two year old heifer, Rawburn
Edelweiss E390 from John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, Roxburghshire.
This daughter of the home-bred Rawburn Lord Ross C216 is the highest
performing female ever bred at Rawburn – out of a Rawburn Transformer
daughter – and boasted the highest terminal sire index of 36
of any Aberdeen-Angus female sold at public auction. She was sold
in calf to Fruelunds Atlas.
Among the leading buyers of the day were Mr and Mrs G R Brook, Linton
Farm, Wintringham, Malton, Yorkshire, who paid 5500gns for the two
year old Rawburn Duchess Windsor E458, by the 25,000gns Wedderlie
Netmark A281, and the top price for cows of 4000gns for the five
year old Rawburn Black Bird B168, by the top American sire, Hoff
Head of the Class SC534, with a heifer calf at foot by Rawburn Lord
They also paid 3200gns for the eight month old heifer calf, Rawburn
Phillipa G681, another by Rawburn Lord Ross C216.
All were consigned by Mr Elliot who also sold a Rawburn Duke Argyll
C206 daughter, the two year old, Rawburn Bloom E385, at 3800gns to
Mrs Guttery, Haxby Yorks, and two at 3600gns - a two year old Cudlobe
Yellowstone 1’03 daughter, Rawburn Evergreen E455, to new breeder,
Andrew Hodge, Rules Mains, Duns, Berwickshire, and a Rawburn Transformer
daughter, the two year old, Rawburn Eroline E481, to John Gilmour,
for his Belheaven herd at Macmerry, East Lothian.
Mr Gilmour also sold at 3000gns for the five year old cow, Tofts
Jewel Erica B339, and her heifer calf by Wedderlie Netmark A281,
to David Walker, Galcantray, Nairn.
Embryos from two top American cows from John Elliot, Jun’s
Bova-Gen Ltd sold for 1200gns and 600gns and five straws of semen
from Rawburn Rommell E423, stock bull in the Rawburn and Idvies herds,
sold for 1200gns with the proceeds going to the Aberdeen-Angus Youth
Averages: 17 cows (16 with calves at foot) £2220.44; 22 in
calf heifers £2486.59; three yearling heifers £5040;
one heifer calf £3360.
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