25 February 2000

New buyers demand easy-care Luing sucklers

TWO bulls sold to a top price of 4000gns and a strong trade for bulling heifers were the highlights of the Luing Cattle Societys sale at Castle Douglas where many new buyers were in action.

Breed society secretary Jenny Robb was encouraged by the demand: "The easy-care and thriftiness of the Luing as a suckler cow is clearly appealing to even more beef producers looking for hard wearing and productive cattle."

And among the new converts to the Luing were Southwick Farms who paid 4000gns for the yellow-coated Benhar Zodiac from R McNee, Blackridge, West Lothian.

And it was another from the same herd that shared the top price when Benhar Zemin was bought by J Fawcett and Co, Thornhill, Dumfries. Both bulls were by Benhar Thunder.

Borders breeder Prof W A Penny CBE from Duns sold his red bull Harehead Zambeezie at 3000gns to C Macarthur and Co, Elvanfoot, Biggar.

Four in-calf heifers reached the 800gns mark. An entry from the Starryshaw herd of I E Aitken, Castle Douglas stayed in Dumfries with buyers J Kennedy & Son who equalled the bid for a Benhar heifer. First-time Luing buyer M Linklater, Newcastle also took two from Benhar at 800gns apiece.

Bulling heifers reached 720gns given by Ettrickshaw Farm Partnership, Selkirk for a pairing from breed stalwarts Cadzow Brothers.

AVERAGES: 144 bulling heifers £521 (up £44); 34 heifers in-calf/with calf £609 (up £58) and eight bulls £2258 (up £762). (Wallets Marts) &#42