Border Lad is champion
HIND-QUARTER shape and deep fleshing are the qualities that commercial buyers were looking for at the Aberdeen Angus Societys spring fixture at Carlisle, according to auctioneer David Dickinson.
"The best bulls met a solid trade but we could have done with more at the top end," he said.
Show judge, J Jamieson, Kincardineshire, bought the champion on behalf of an undisclosed Scottish herd. He gave 3600gns for Ayrshire-based breeders A and L Stewarts Border Lad 2nd of Ladeside, a son of Netherton Kojak.
David Evans, Gwent, earned the second highest bid of 3300gns with Tree Bridge Presidio, a Scotch Gap grandson with a Beef Value of 23. This builds on his inaugural visit to Carlisle last year when Mr Evans took home the championship title. Presidios buyer was the Craigmile Farming Co, Wigtownshire.
Commanding interest for his stock bull potential was Lanarkshire breeders W and R Dunlops 18-month-old Euduka of Auchengray. This flashy son of Duke of Aynho, with a 500-day-weight of 643kg, made 2700gns to R and J McGregor, Perth.
Leicestershires John Doughty, a great supporter of native breeds, enjoyed a good trade reaching 2800gns to jointly top the females with the heifer Empress of the Chines. She sold with a new born heifer calf by the big money Perth bull Galcantray Preditor. Buyer was P A Jones, Whitland, Dyfed.
Averages 29 bulls £1376 and 20 females £1223. (Harrison and Hetherington.) *