4 June 1999

Demand is poor for French Salers

A DISAPPOINTING trade for the red-coated French Saler cattle at the breed societys show and sale at Carlisle saw the bull average fall by £306 to level just five deals at £1134.

Moffat, Dumfriesshire, breeder W J Davidson achieved the top price of 1400gns for his June 1996-bred bull Poldean Lachie, a son of the imported sire Foxtrot. The buyers were G N Potts and Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Leading the females was an imported cow by Heros from Mrs P Heaton-Armstrongs Loch herd in Stirlingshire. She made 1300gns to well known breeders Rigel Pedigree, Cleveland whose own consignment peaked at 1230gns.

That was paid by S W Rich, Oban for Rigel Nicanor. This bull combines some of the breeds most successful bloodlines being by Bruno and out of a cow by Vainquer currently milking with her 10th calf.

Averages five bulls £1134, three females £945, and two recipient dams £551. (Harrison and Hetherington.) &#42