TWO SENIOR cows from a draft offering from the Massie family”s renowned Blelack herd earned the highest bids as Aberdeen Angus females went under the hammer on the opening day at Perth.

The six-year-old Wendy X7 of Blelack – by Castle of Mey Economist and out of a Hallam Barn Evasion dam – made 3900gns. She had a +9 rating for milk under the breed’s EBV Group Breedplan and a terminal sire index of +8. She was in-calf to Blelack Black Gold and was bought by Mrs P Kermode for her herd on the Isle of Man.

Mrs Kermode also accounted for the 10-year-old cow Princess Charlotte U48 of Blelack at 3600gns. Charlotte, who has bred sons that have sold to 6000gns, is by Lord Hanson R46 of Blelack and was also in-calf to Black Gold. Her milk index was +8 and she had a terminal sire EBV of +17.

Orkney-based breeders William Baillie and Co earned the highest call in the haltered section with Baillieston Lucy Gwen B381. This all Canadian-bred in-calf heifer is by Rawburn Transformer and was in-calf to Blelack Blacksmith. Buyer at 3500gns was F Munro, Ross-shire.

Thomas Rennie’s Mosston Muir herd sold an in-calf heifer by Mosston Muir Brave Major at 2400gns to Lancs bidder Richard Ashworth, Bolton, Lancs, and stood reserve champion with an 11-month heifer by Lord Forteviot X42 of Tullyfergus that realised 2000gns to W Matthews, Carluke.

A draft from the Rawburn herd of Kelso breeder John Elliot peaked at 3500gns for a 1999-bred daughter of Princely U113 of Newcairnie. She had a terminal sire index of 38 and heads for Northern Ireland with W Armstrong.

Averages: 25 females 1688 (last year 32 averaged 1816.50). (United Auctions)