Best Highland cattle see strong demand at Perth
By Jeremy Hunt
PRICES were down on last years event but the best Highland cattle at the annual autumn fixture at Perth last weekend met a strong demand peaking at 4000gns.
This was paid for a six-year-old stock bull from the reduction of Elinor Muirheads renowned Corrie-muckloch fold, Kinfauns, Perthshire.
The bull, Bentalla of Calla-chally, looked set to create plenty of interest from the start. Bred by Hugh McPhail on the Isle of Mull and bought at Oban four years ago for 8000gns, he has been used extensively with great success.
His excellent conformation and breed character drew a flurry of bids but it was Craigengelt, Stirling, buyers Mr and Mrs Brotherton who secured him. Suckling a smart heifer calf by Bentalla enhanced the appeal of the four-and-a-half-year-old cow Lili Ann 28th of Corriemuckloch, by Urras of Achnacloich, who made 3200gns to Pedigree Highlanders, Dungarthill Estate, Dunkeld.
There were two bids of 2600gns from Angus McKay. Both came for daughters of Iain Ruadh of Meggernie. One was from the Lili Ann family and was sold with a Bentalla heifer calf at foot, while the other secured Baravalla Mina 11th of Corriemuckloch.
Young stock from Corrie-muckloch met a good trade with the best price paid for the two- year Bentalla-sired heifer Lili Ann 32nd. She went for 1200gns to Dumfriesshire breeders J G and J R Bleazard, Moniaive. The Tullach Ard fold reduction sale for Elizabeth Tosh produced 10 prices of 1000gns and above, reaching a best of 2650gns given by Dungarthill Estate for Cuailean 74th of Achnacloich.
This 1989-bred red cow by Donald Ruadh 3rd of Glenogle was sold with a heifer calf at foot by Balach Beag of Pennygown. A 2000gns call came from Mr and Mrs Brotherton for a five-year-old Corriemuckloch-bred cow and an Iddesleigh heifer that has was breed champion at this years Angus Show made 1800gns to Mr Lockhead, Banchory.
Gordon Mitchells Forfar-based Idvies fold was dispersed to a top of 2000gns paid by Wellbeck Scottish Farms, Caithness for an impressive two-year heifer by Jock of Innishard. (United Auctions.) *