Aberdeen-Angus vendors witnessed a scorcher of a sale at Stirling’s Multi-breed sale this week (Monday 2 May) with the Massie family, Dinnet, Aberdeenshire, setting a joint all breeds centre record for a May Stirling sale and a ring clearance just shy of 100% and an average of £4638.26, up £705.26 on the year.
Commenting on the sale Society chief executive Johnny Mackey said: “All breeds faired well at the sale, but the Aberdeen-Angus breed did particularly well with a strong demand from both commercial finishers and suckler female replacement breeders, as well as a few pedigree breeders in action.”
Sale leader at 10,000gns was the pre-sale overall champion, judged by Ken Howie of the Cairnton, in the form of Blelack Jury Eric P384. A son of past Royal Highland Show champion Blelack Equity J127, he’s out of a Blelack Black Gold C717 daughter and sold to Ray Gardiner and Craig Smart of the Newton Muchalls herd, Westhill, Aberdeenshire.
Two bulls then shared a 6000gns price tag, the first being the first lot in the ring, Netherton Marvel P796 from Messrs W and D McLaren, Auchterarder, Perthshire. This ET-bred The Moss Mr Eshton D409 son is out of The Moss Florian B284 daughter, Netherton Missie E371 and sold with a self replacing index of +43 to Messrs Stevenson for the Linburn herd, Erskine.
Next at that money was the first place Tonley Eminem P060 from Neil and Mark Wattie, Alford, Aberdeenshire. With a self replacing index of +50, this Blelack Evor H929 son is out of a home bred Hurdcott Elixir E215 daughter and sold to Messrs Fisher, Langholm.
At 5800gns was Logie Longmorn P513 from Messrs Bruce and Partners, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. This Blelack Lord Hidalgo H972 son is out of a home bred Logie Darius E382 daughter and was knocked down to Messrs Maclannachan, Garelaw.
Two bulls then shared a 5500gns price tag, the first being the third placed bull from Neil and Mark Wattie, Tonley Esquire P029. Again by the successful herd sire Blelack Evor H929, he’s out of a home bred Hurdcott Elixir E215 daughter and sold to the Scottish Government Bull Stud, Inverness.
The next at this price was another from the Massie string in the form of Blelack Dracula P389, a Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 son out of the Royal Added Value 19D daughter, Ballyheather Dolly Z682. With a self replacing index of +57 and a terminal sire index of +41, he was knocked down to W Semple, Argyll.
The second place Elliot Rhymer P942 from John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, then traded at 5200gns. By Belhaven Beckenbaur K285, he’s out of Elliot Rosebud L273, a Rawburn Double Oseven J985 daughter. With an eye muscle figure of +4.1 and a self replacing index of +53, he sold to J King, Thortonhall, Glasgow.
At 5000gns was the pre-sale reserve champion Kilmaluag Jack Eric P164 from Isle of Skye breeder Donald Rankin. By the herd sire Retties JFK M195, he’s out of a home bred Cardona Edwin F440 daughter. He heads to Orkney with Liam Muir.
Meanwhile, at 4500gns was George and Aileen McFadzean with Cherrybank Energy P899. By Fordel Java Eric H525, he’s out of a home bred Calfward Flyer D075 daughter and sold with a self replacing index of +60 and a terminal sire index of +48. Buyer here was H J Watson and Sons, St Andrews Fife.
Leading bids in the Charolais ring at 9,000gns was Balthayock Jetset from breeders David and Nicholas Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire. Jetset, a 21-month-old son of the 8,000gns Stirling reserve junior champion Ugie Echo, was bought by JD Leavesley, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.
The reserve champion Lakelady Jelle was next to sell for Katreen Millar, Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire. The June 2014-born Jelle by the 10,000gns Mortimers Echo and out of the homebred Lakelady Elle, was snapped up by C Thomson, Midmar, Aberdeenshire, for 7,200gns.
Just behind on 7,000gns was the 19-month-old Westcarse Houdini son Mornity Jungle from Jack Nicoll Farms Limited, Alyth, Perthshire. He was purchased by GT and S Coghill, Birsay, Orkney.
The second to sell at a 7,000gns was the 16-month-old Panmure Lincoln TI +50 SRI +50 who won his class in the show and has previously been awarded the Stars of the Future Calf Show reserve junior male. George Russell, Denny, Stirlingshire forked out the cash for this son of the 10,500gns Carlisle intermediate male champion Thrunton Firecracker to breeders and exhibitors JM Cant and Partners, Arbitlot, Angus.
WSL Muir, Stromness, Orkney, went home with a trio of bulls. The first at 6,200gns was the 19-month-old class winner and Blelack Digger sired Goldies Jeff TI +65 SRI +68 from breeders Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire.
Earlier in the day Mr Muir purchased the Champion Falleninch Julius from Andrew Hornall, Stirling, Stirlingshire for 5,000gns. The August 2014-born Julius is sired by Dereskit Fernando and out of Falleninch Anna going back to Mortimers Tebay.
Mr Muir went on to buy the 22 month old Baillieston Jason, the first of two 10,500gns Burradon Galaxy sons on offer from Ronnie Baillie, Deerness, Orkney, both selling to 4,500gns. Mr Baillie’s second lot the slightly younger Baillieston Julius found a new home with I Macrae in Tighnabruaich, Argyll.
At 5,200gns Messrs Kelsall and Marsden, Preston, Lancashire, was the next to sell. The April 2014-born Bleasdale Justice sired by Vexour Freddy was purchased by Nether Balfour Farms Park, Banchory, Aberdeenshire.
JHC Campbell and Sons, Alnwick, Northumberland, was the exhibitor of the next lot Thrunton Jerome sired by the homebred Thrunton Gladiator. KM Fraser, Newburgh, Fife were the purchasers of this 22-month-old at 4,800gns.
Another to sell for the Campbell’ was their class winner Thrunton Jordon, a 21-month-old son of the 19,000gns Corrie Alan who sold for 4,000gns when clapped down to Woodmill Farms, Auchtermuchty, Fife.
Matching the 4,800gns price tag and purchased by M Roberts, Machynlleth, Powys was Harestone Joking, a September 2014-born son of the 25,000gns Stirling reserve supreme champion Inverlochy Ferdie from Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.
Richard and Carol Rettie, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, sold the next two lots both by the popular sire Blelack Digger. Firstly at 4,200gns was the 16 month old Retties Jonniewalker TI +66 SRI +60 who caught the eye of M Dykes, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and earlier in the day OFJW Leitch, Taynuilt, Argyll purchased the 18 month old Retties Jagerbomb TI +63 SRI +57 from the same vendors at 4,000gns.
The final lot to bring 4,000gns was the March 2014-born Kersknowe Juggler, a son of the 20,000gns Stirling supreme champion and Stars of the Future senior interbreed champion Inverlochy Fencer from James Jeffrey, Kelso, Roxburgshire. The man behind the money on this one was K Spence, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.
Averages: 31 bulls £4275
Trade topped at 9,000gns twice for Brice Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries, and averaged were up £696 on the year as seven more bulls were sold.
First to sell at the 9,000gns mark was the November 2014 born embryo calf and supreme champion Goldies Justgreat. He is by Goldies Fandango and is out of Goldies Fairytale described by Bruce Goldie as ‘the best breeding female in the herd’. Fairytale is herself out of the prolific Goldies Vitality who is the mother, amongst others, of Goldies Comet and Goldies Goldfinger. Purchasing the Champion was W and R Thomson, Cairnbog Farm, Kilsyth, Glasgow.
Standing second in the same class, and also selling for 9000gns, was Goldies Jenson. This bull, October 2014 born, is by Goldies Fantastic who is also a Goldies Vitality daughter, and is out of Goldies Belle. He was bought by J and R Semple, Netherton Farm, Dalrymple, By Ayr.
The Goldies herd went onto sell two other bulls for 4200gns and 3800gns, making it their third consecutive top bull average at a Limousin sale.
Next best when selling for 7,000gns was Maraiscote Jackdaniels from Ian Nimmo, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. This May 2014 born bull is by the herd’s prolific stock bull Goldies Comet and is out of the Tyddyn Mei sired Maraiscote Bacardi.
Also enjoying a good day’s trading was the Tweeddale herd of Jonathan Watson, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, who sold bulls to a top of 6800gns for the June 2014 born Tweeddale Jupiter. This bull is sired by Goldies Fandango, the sire of the day’s champion, and is out of Tweeddale Bonny, a Goldies Uppercrust daughter. Purchasing Tweeddale Jupiter was J Lyon, Kingarth, Isle of Bute.
At 5,000gns was Tweeddale Jiff, a Goldies Goldmine son out of Tweeddale Filipa. Buying this October 2014 born bull was RPD Scotland, Cowley Farm, Inverurie.
Local breeder Andrew Burnett, Upper Spittalton Farm, Blair Drummond, Stirling, made 6,000gns when selling his third prize winner Spittalton Journey. Sporting good performance figures for both growth and calving this October 2014 born bull is by Maraiscote Gigolo and is out of the Sympa sired Spittalton Harriet. This bull went to W McLaren and Sons, Longcarse, Alloa, Clackmannanshire.
Two bulls made 5,200gns. The first of these was the reserve supreme champion Harestone Jason from the twenty five cow breeding herd of Neil Barclay, South Road, Insch, Aberdeenshire. Harestone Jason is by Fieldson Alfy, the same sire as the herd’s February supreme champion at Stirling Harestone Jim who sold for 10,000gns. Harestone Jason is the herd’s first calf out of Balnacraig Bounty, a Ferry daughter, who was bought privately from Gordon Cruickshank. Purchasing him, and another two bulls on the day, was the noted commercial herd of Peter Alexander, Mains of Mause, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
The second bull to make 5200gns was Dyke Jay from JR MacGregor, Milton of Campsie, Glasgow. Sired by Netherhall Gilbert, a Haltcliffe DJ son, and out of Dyke Enya, this November 2014 bull was bought by J Kay and Sons, Hartside, Lammermuir, Oxton, Berwickshire.
Averages: 43 bulls, £4356.
Beef Shorthorn bulls sold to a top of 6,500gns with 11 entries averaging £2,846, up £230 on the year and representing 85% clearance.
Sale topper at 6,500gns was the champion, Miltonlockhart Humphrey, a two year old red and little white by Tofts Winner and out of a Tofts bred dam from William Allan, Crossford, Carluke to J Innes and Sons, Huntly, Aberdeen.
Next at 3,500gns was Balgay Hador TI +24, SRI +13, a rising two-year-old red by the 13,000gns Chapelton Braveheart. Bred by Balgay Farm, Inchture, the buyers were JGS and D Duncan, Gamrie, Banff.
Two entries shared a 2,800gns price tag. First to go was the two year old, light roan Millerston Hooch TI +8, SRI +8 from Jack Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayr. Sired by the 14,000gns Podehole Beefeater, he sold to Klondyke Farms, Moniaive, Thornhill. The second 2,800gns bid was made by Gartincaber Farms, Drymen for Coldrochie Huguenot TI +16, SRI +19, a two-year-old red by Chapelton Winsome from Douglas McMillan, Luncarty, Perth.
Coldrochie Grace Beauty TI +9, SRI +8, an 18 month old heifer by Winsome and one of a draft from Mr McMillan led the female trade at 1,800gns to W and R Thomson, Kilsyth, Glasgow.
Averages: 11 bulls £2,846; 5 females £1,520.