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Castle Douglas Luing Trade Selective

With continuing uncertainty in CAP reform resulting in a general lack of confidence within the agricultural sector at present, trade at the 49th Premier Sale of Registered Luing Cattle held at Castle Douglas on 7th February was more selective than previous years.

Despite this a good ringside of bidders from throughout the UK were in attendance and willing to pay good money for the better end of Luing stock.

Benhar Prince

Benhar Prince
© Wayne Hutchinson

At the show in the morning the judge, Mr Jim Caygill of Skipton, picked a pair of heifers from Messrs McNee, Benhar as his
in-calf champions. They went on to sell for 2600 guineas each to Messrs I & E Davies, Glasfryn, Corwen, Wales.

Reserve Champion in-calf heifers came from J.S. Murray, Rockcliffe which sold for 2000 guineas to local enthusiast John Jardine, Fairgirth Farm, Dalbeattie.

First time sellers D.G. Hanbury & L.E. Porritt Partnership, Lampert, Gilsland, Brampton lifted the bulling heifer championship with a pair of Milkieston Kojak sired heifers which made joint top price of 1700 guineas and sold to Andrew Lyth. Also at 1700 guineas were a trio of March 2012 born heifers from breed stalwarts Cadzow Bros., Luing.

The bull trade was mixed with 14 of the 24 forward sold to average £3,802.

Bulls sold to 6000 guineas twice, The first was paid by Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk, for Benhar Prince from the McNee family at Armadale. The Benhar herd were also successful with their sale of Benhar Piper to Professor W A Penny CBE, Harehead, Duns for 6,000gns and then selling Benhar Polar to W & J Tweedie, Brownsbank, Biggar, for 4,000gns.

I & E Davies, Hafod-y-maidd, Glasfryn, Wales went to 5,500gns to get College Pluto from Messrs E.J. & A.M. Fox, Akeld Steads House, Wooler.

Harehead farms also had two bulls selling to 4,000gn each for Piri Weepu and Harehead Pilot heading to G Roddam, Blackcarts, Hexham and R Sutherland, Outchester, Belford.

Other top prices included 4,000gns paid by A Ballantyne, who manages Lampert, Gilsland, Brampton, for Nunnerie Piper from C.C.McArthur & Co, Nunnerie; 3,200gns paid by Mr A Smith of Winster Luings for Culmaily Predator from A.L. & A.C. McCall Culmaily and 3,000gns paid by C M Reid, Honeyburn for Attonburn Pump Action from C & M Symons Ltd, Attonburn, Yetholm.


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