Report By Neil Shand
Topped off with the record price being smashed for Simmental bulls when Bel Dhu Capercaillie, Senior and over-all Champion sold for 45,000gns, purchased jointly by Society President and judge for the day Iain Green and Andy Anderson of Smallburn Farms. Capercaillie was by Hockenhull Waterloo out of a Kilbride Farm Strabane daughter, bred by Miss Anne MacPherson, Blackford, Croy, Inverness.
Nest best was Islavale Chip, Reserve Senior and Reserve over-all champion from W. S Stronach, Grange, Keith, Banffshire a Glenturk Premier son out of a Kilbride farm Newry daughter, selling for 12,000gns to C R Fovargue Bros, Bottom Farm, Farm Town, Coleorton, Coalville Leicester.
In total 121 bulls sold and increase of 2 on the year to average £5665 with a clearance of 79%, the breeds second highest spring sale average.
Commercial trade was brisk, 9 bulls sold to 10,000gns or above with 3 of these purchased for Commercial use, an indication of the commitment from Commercial suckler herds to invest in quality bulls.
Keeldrum Capone, form Mr D Lowry, Newsteadings Farm, Cartland Lanark sold for 12,000gns to Lestig cattle Breeders stud. Capone is by Hillcrest Valentine out if a Caldwell Potentate P daughter.
Next at 11,000gns was Annick Clansman, from Mr L D Quarm, this Skerrington Visa son out of a Sterling Nelson 2nd daughter is off to Aberdeenshire for Commercial use.
Two bulls traded at 10,500gns
Firstly Drumsleed Casino from Mr G W Smith, Drumsleed, Fourdon, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, this Ashland Perfect son out of a Craighill Laser daughter is off to Orkney from Commercial use.
Also selling at 10,500gns was Corskie Cannon from Mr J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, this Islavale Sabre son out of a Popes Laird daughter was purchased by G & A Christie (Rockytop) Midtown of Glass, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
3 bulls traded at 10,000gns
Firstly Boswell Cracker from Mr D Smith, Swellhead Farm, Blairs, Aberdeenshire, this Ashland Perfect son, out of a Beeches Kestrel daughter selling to Mr R MacGregor (Team) Kirkton of Mailler, Craigend, Perth.
Then Woodhall Capercaillie from H MaCaskill, Woodhall Farm, Innerwick, Dunbar, an Annick Talisker son out of a Millbrook Mike daughter selling to I Mathers , Wardes, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire for commercial use.
Also at 10,000gns was Kilbride farm Chieftain from WH Robson & Sons,106 Cogry Road, Doagh, Northern Ireland, this Seaview Prince Charming son out of a Kilbride Farm Newry daughter selling to Colin Inglis (Greencap) Greencap Cottage, Dalachy Farm, Aberdour.
Female trade was also very brisk with 5 selling at 5000gns or above. best was from the Corskie herd of MR J Green, Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, at 6000gns Corskie Buffy a Ballinalare Farm Nightrider daughter, out of a Burghbridge Lane daughter sold to MR A Tallentire (Swingletree) High Griseburn, Gt Asby, Appleby, Cumbria.
Champion female, Denizies Cadette 29th from MA Barlow, Four Oaks, Ulnes Walton Lane Preston, this Ashland Tornado daughter out of a Pasturefields Hartshorne daughter selling to Mr W J Hollingsworth (Midhope) Midhope Hall Farm Sheffield.
Mr Hollingsworth paid 5000gns twice more firstly, for Boars Head Grace 7th form MR R J Grenham, Boars Head Farm, Boars Head, Crowborough. a Seaview Prince Charming daughter out of a Sway Harvest daughter.
Also going to the Midhope Herd is Kilbride Farm Eunice 124c, a Kilbride farm Alyth daughter out of a Seaview Prince Charming daughter.
15 Heifers traded to average £3248 Drafts Dirnanean 8@ £3425.25 Skerrington 8@ £2428.13 Derwentwood 4@ £1653.75 Saltire 4@ £2205.