2015 has seen some record-breaking breed prices in the rings across the UK.
Despite commercial farmers struggling with lower returns, it didn’t stop them from lighting up the ringside with some exceptionally high bids at select pedigree sales this year.
Both the sheep, beef and dairy ring has seen new breed records set with pedigree breeders willing to fork out high prices for the very best bloodlines and quality-looking stock.
See also: Livestock auction highs and lows of 2015
Here are the top five prices from the ringside this year.
Ian Hunter’s ram lamb smashed breed records by £60,000 when selling for £160,000 at Dalmally. Buyers were Willie Dunlop and Sons, Hugh and Alan Blackwood and John Murray.
Limousin bull Trueman Jagger set a new breed world record of 140,000gns at Borderway Mart (17 October). Bred by Henry Savage, he sold to a five-way syndicate.
Balthayock Justice led trade at Stirling at 50,000gns. Bred by David Walter, he sold to Gilbert Crawford and Derry and Joe Wilson.
Ram lamb Knock Will I Am bred by Albert and George Howie led trade at Lanark when selling for 70,000gns to Boden and Davis.
Top call in the dairy ring at 20,000gns was the heifer Sterndale Atwood Noel from Bill Nadin. She sold to Elitestreet Genetics.