1 November 1996

A-A demand strong

MORE commercial bidders for Aberdeen-Angus bulls provided an encouraging start to the Perth trade.

And although the average of £2841 for 64 bulls was £90 down on the year, the good demand reflected the expanding market for Angus-sired suckler replacements and consumer confidence in "Angus" branded beef.

The second-prize winning bull, Castle of Mey Elscot, from the Queen Mothers 40-cow herd in Caithness, led the day at 8000gns.

This son of Geis Gambler will be the new stock sire for the Forfar-based herd of F J Fraser and Son.

Commercial buyers came to the fore with a hefty 7200gns investment from Jim Wilson, Newburgh, to take noted Kelso breeder Billy Arnotts Giltlover of Haymount, a son of Windover of Haymount. A 6500gns bid followed from Dunecht Estates, Aberdeenshire, to take Stoddard Evesham Marshall for crossing work. Marshall was consigned by G and C Simpson, Worcester, and sired by Nightingale Regent.

Judge Donald Biggar, Castle Douglas, found his champion in Lord and Lady Glendynes Hurdcott Erflic, a son of the good producer Cambusbarron Proud Gordon from their herd at Forfar. Buyer at 5500gns was Margaret Thompson, Sutherland.

John Moores Moss herd from Merseyside invested 5000gns in a 10-year-old cow from Willie Robertson, Worcester. This transaction topped the females and ended a long wait to secure this breeding. The cow, Nightingale Roweena, is by Perryville Roscoe and has had 11 calves.