29 October 1999

Females follow bulls tracks

ABERDEEN Angus females offered in the fourth Netherton matrons sale met a rousing reception at the close of the first days Perth trading, reaching 8000gns.

The 27 females from William and David McLarens herd at Auchterarder put breeders on their mettle as estimated prices were quickly exceeded. Mature females met fierce competition but when proven breeding was combined with the chance to buy a Royal Highland Show champion the bids started to fly.

The seven-year-old Netherton Fleur S11, Ingliston victor and female champion at Stoneleigh in 1997, sent buyers into top gear, selling for 8000gns. By the great sire TLA Northern Samurai and due next month to the Canadian import Dalrene Cruz, she has already bred two sons to average over £3000. She was bought by Isle of Man breeders R &#42 and Mrs L Quayle of Ballavitchel Farms.

This cow, the second in the ring, began a tremendous run of prices. Next came a 4000gns call from A B Dawson, Kinross, for the 1993-bred Netherton Flower S13. Also by Samurai, she has bred a 4000gns son and her Beef Value of 26 puts her in the top 10% of the breed.

Glassel Estates, Banchory, Aberdeenshire accounted for the next cow, the 1993-bred Samurai daughter Netherton Favourite S15, at 3200gns. Another of proven breeding ability, she had already produced a 7000gns daughter. The same buyers later invested 3400gns in Netherton Duchess X42.

It isnt often that a breeder offers what he describes as "the best breeding cow in the herd" but the McLarens know how to woo this Perth crowd and there was no shortage of bold attempts from the ringside to gain ownership of Netherton Frances S30. She realised 5000gns to BF and LM Ronan, Appleby, Cumbria.

But the bids kept coming and reached 6200gns for Netherton Jemima S53, another fifth calver by Samurai, sold with her July-born heifer calf at foot by the Irish-bred Drumcraw Lagoon. Buyers were Ballindalloch Farms, Banffshire.

Averages: Nine cows £4094; 11 in-calf heifers £1823; three maiden heifers £945. (United Auctions) &#42

Three bids over 2000gns were seen in the Beef Shorthorn ring at Perth. Loch Awe Mephistopheles from CD and PJ Coombs herd in Lanarkshire struck the top note at 2800gns to the Crofters Commission. The bull was by Glenisla Jacobite.

James Durnos Uppermill Learig, by Glenisla James, made 2500gns to JR and SE Purves, Edinburgh, while south Wales buyer KE Mitchell gave 2400gns for James Biggars Chapelton Nobility, a son of the good producer Tofts Romany. (United Auctions)