18 February 2000

Sluggish A-A trade

SALES of Aberdeen-Angus sires could not match retail interest in their end product with just a third of entries changing hands at Perth.

That is despite a bid of 28,000gns, the breeds highest for 35 years, adding a little sparkle to a slower than anticipated trade. The 76 entries which found buyers achieved a level of £3277, down from £3461 last February.

Topping the bill was Jeremy Eric of Bridgefoot from the small herd run by Sandy Fordyce at Inverurie. This son of Ermus 3rd of Ladywell – his 2200gns herd sire – is out of a Fairoaks cow by the Canadian bull Young Dale Hogan. He was unplaced in his class but his size and fleshing drew fierce competition.

Buyer, Alastair Fraser, will use him on the 30-pedigree cows in his Idvies herd at Forfar. Minutes earlier he had sold his only Perth entry for 16,000gns when Proud Perth X13 of Idvies had been bought by the Castle of Mey Trust and Ballindalloch Home Farms.

This son of Castle of Mey Elscot has exceptional performance including a 400-day weight of 671kg and a Beef Value of 38.

An 11,000gns call from John and Helen Stevenson, Erskine bought them Willie McLarens Netherton Lord Jockey (Beef Value 34) a Dalrene Cruz son from his herd at Auchterarder. Netherton also sold at 6000gns for the supreme champion, also by the Dalrene sire. Buyer was C Larson, Guildford, Surrey. (United Auctions.)