Aberdeen-Angus bulls met a steady trade at this week’s Stirling bull sales, topping at 12,000gns.
In total 32 bulls averaged £4,472 – down by £994 on the year despite the fact 14 more bulls sold.
It was the pre-sale champion Tonley Pato N938 from father and son Neil and Mark Wattie, Tonley, Aberdeenshire. who made the headline price.
Born in April 2013, Pato is by the Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 son Blelack Evor H929 and is out of the Hurdcott Elixier E215 daughter Tonley Princess K729. He took the reserve male championship at Turriff Show earlier this summer and carries a milk figure of +17, a TSI of +44 and SRI of +51. Buyer at 12,000gns was Jan Boomars for his Vexour herd, Surrey.
Bidding then saw a fall in price with two bulls selling at 6,500gns. The first to go at this price was the reserve senior champion, Water End Payton N108 from Victor and Paula Dobson, York.
By the former herd sire Blelack Evergreat H003, he’s out of The Moss Mr Essen D413 daughter, Water End Prudence H069. He found a new home with C Gorn, Burray, Orkney.
The second at this figure was the intermediate and reserve overall champion, Idvies Johnston Eric N588 from Alistair and Graeme Fraser, Forfar. This one is by their senior herd sire and privately purchased Shadwell Black Broughton K485 and is out of Idvies Juana Erica K457, a Rawburn Rommel E423 daughter who is full sister to the 20,000gns Idvies Jarvis Eric J427, the February 2011 intermediate and overall champion. Buying this one was judge Ian Mathers, Kintore, Inverurie.
Then at 6,200gns was the first prize Jac First Class N015 from A Cutherbertson and Son, Balfron, Glasgow. By HF El Tigre 28U, he’s out of the TLA Northern Samurai daughter Netherton Frances F398. This one has already been used on heifers in the herd and carries a SRI of +40. He was knocked down to The Crofters Commission.
Just shy of this at 6,000gns was the senior champion Logie Prize Bruce N328 from Messrs Bruce and Partners, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. By Glenbuchat Bruce K149, he’s out of the Logie Darius E382 daughter Logie Panache H701. Buyer here was James Hamilton, Carluke, Lanarkshire.
The sale saw strong demand for pedigree Angus females, with prices topping at 8,200gns for a cow and calf outfit from David Sole’s Glenbuchat herd dispersal.
Sale leader at 8200gns was Glenbuchat Blackcherry H080, a September 2008-born Rawburn Lord Ross C216 daughter out of a Tofts Laird daughter, Huxton Blackcherry A064. She sold with her bull calf at foot by Lockerley Kobra H954 to George and Aileen MacFadzean, Perth.
John Elliot’s Rawburn production sale saw a top price of 6,000gns for the April 2012 born Rawburn Ella M528. By Rawburn Double Oseven J985, she’s out of Ella F515, a Rawburn Lord Ross C216 daughter. She sold carrying a milk figure of +10 and a SRI of +44 to HW Angus and the Idvies herd, and is due to calve in January to Rawburn Boss M554.
Leading the shown offering of Angus females was the overall female champion Ardoyne Royal Lavender N231 from the Rennie family, which sold for 3,300gns. By Blelack Blackrod J160, she’s out of Ardoyne Royal Lucy K181, an Ardoyne Dropzone E086 daughter. She carries a TSI of +48 and was sold free of the bull to G Colville, Bishops Sortford, Herefordshire.
Speaking after the sale, Society chief executive Ron McHattie said: “Beef producers have suffered a hard 11 months with depressed beef prices and poor harvests in places and because of that some commercial buyers aren’t willing to purchase stock bulls until the spring.
“What was evident across the sale was the strong demand for pedigree females, with many new breeders coming forward to secure Aberdeen-Angus genetics.”
Averages to follow…