9 June 1995

Riveting day for Blondes

A SWITCH to Blonde dAquitaine cross suckler cows – which has "exceeded all expectations" – led Stirlingshire farmer Marshall Dougall to disperse his pedigree Blonde dAquitaine herd to concentrate on commercial suckled calf production.

The Whiteleys herd, based at Buchlyvie, was established in 1988 and based on Sornfallow, Druk and Bouqhan lines followed by the importation of bulls and females from Brittany. The decision to concentrate on producing three-quarter-bred Blonde dAquitaine suckled calves brought some top-class pedigree females on to the market.

In a riveting trade, top bid of 5200gns came for the imported cow Elena. Sired by Vital, she was taken by Glasgow buyers J T and C Owen, Kirkintilloch. Her maiden heifer daughter, the Arlequin-sired Whiteleys Isadora, made 3500gns to breed society chairman Jim Buchanan and his wife of Aspatria, Cumbria, who were buying in partnership with Mrs J Smith, Northampton.

With several championships to her credit, the Sornfallow Charles second-calver Whiteleys Geraldine made the days second highest price of 4000gns. She was sold with her Gardien-sired heifer calf at foot to W Watt, Keith, Banffshire.

AVERAGES: 25 cows £2394; five served heifers £2341; 12 maiden heifers £2021; and 14 bulls £1578. (Harrison and Hetherington.) &#42