Only the biggest and beefiest Limousin bulls at Perth inspired commercial bidders to invest, taking prices to a top of 9500gns.

But most pedigree buyers preferred to hold onto their cash until next week’s breed fixture at Carlisle.

The lack of big spenders hit the averages which fell by £236 to level at £3033. In total, 92 out of the 139 bulls found homes.

But bucking the trend and paying the day’s top price for a new stock bull for the Homebyres herd was past breed society chairman John Logan.

The 9500gns Brims Vacant was paraded by Caithness breeders William and Ann Oag who run a commercial suckler herd and 120 pedigree Limousin cows at Thurso.

By Beechlodge Rembrandt, a bull bought by Mr and Mrs Oag for 7000gns in the same ring three years ago, he stood intermediate and overall champion under Lanarkshire judge David Baillie.

Kelso-based Keith Redpath found a 9000gns bid with a smart AI-sired Jockey son bought from Derek Henderson’s Burndale herd at Hexham.

Burndale Vision is out of a Hartside Jacko dam and sold to Fife buyer William Thomson.

Aberdeenshire breeder Michael Massie’s Elrick Vanguard scanned 94.2mm for muscle and drew a winning bid of 7500gns from Ballymena buyers Messrs Campbell.

By the Ronick Iceman-sired Ryedale Paragon – whose 24 sons have averaged 4457gns at auction – Vanguard had a 400-day weight of 689kg and an EBV of +38.

Judge Mr Baillie was among the high earners taking 7000gns for his Calla Veron. With an EBV of +33 and a 400-day weight of 688kg, he is by the Lascard son Goldies Onyx and goes to the farm run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on the Isle of Islay.

Lockerbie breeders James Common & Son sold a bull from their Crossdykes herd at 5800gns while Norman Cruickshank (Normande) took 5500gns for an Aldwyck Orpheus son.

Averages: 92 bulls 3033. (United Auctions)

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