Charolais bulls met a solid demand and sold to a top price of £7,000gns at Stirling on Monday 4 May.

The three top prices went to DF, WH and NR Walter, Balthayock, Perthshire, who sold a total of four bulls to average £6,168.

Their sale leader at 7,000gns was the 17-month-old Balthayock Ferdinand son Balthayock Influence TI +76 SRI +75, who was purchased by H Goldie, Ruthwell, Dumfries-shire.

Stirling Top Price Balthayock Influence 7000gns

Next best was another 17 month old this time sired by the 8,000gns Swalesmoor Cracker, Balthayock Immortal TI +73 SRI +74. He was knocked down to A Watson and son, Gamrie, Banffshire, at 6,800gns.

Then the Aitken Brothers, Linlithgow, West Lothian, paid 6,200gns for Balthayock Idiom TI +67 SRI +68, an 18 month old son of the 13,000gns Balthayock Eagle.

The last Balthayock bull sold through the ring was Ivanhoe TI +49 SRI +43. Sired by Balthayock Genesis he was knocked down for 3,500gns to G and A Munn, Jamestown, Alexandria.

The champion Charolais bull Harestone Inn TI +30 SRI +29 was purchased by W and W Dawson and Sons, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, for 6,000gns. He was consigned by NR Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire and is sired by the 16,000gns Stirling supreme champion Thrunton Fearless. Messrs Barclay also sold another Fearless son for 5,500gns. The 16-month-old Harestone Impress TI +34 SRI +36 went home with Alex J Beattie, Nairn.

Stirling Champion Harestone Inn 6,000gns

Next at 5,800gns was the 15 month old son of Balthayock Empire, Dunesk Jack. He was purchased from exhibitor JA and MF McMillan, Brechin, Angus by Messrs Getty, Ardersier, Inverness-shire.

The last bull above 5,000gns was the reserve champion Ballinlare Indepence by the 16,000gns Newhouse Voodoo and from DM Lyle, Dunblane, Perthshire. He was purchased for 5,500gns by Messrs Bridgewater and Wood, Langholm, Dumfries-shire.

Averages: 17 bulls, £5125 (77% clearance).

(United Auctions).