Angus bull opens Perth with 40-year price high

Aberdeen Angus bulls crowned the opening week of Perth’s spring pedigree beef week with a top price of 38,000gns, the breed’s highest price at Perth in 40 years.

Taking that crown was Scotbeef owner Robert Galloway with Cardona Jewel Eric D276, one of the heaviest and longest bulls bred in his herd at Doune, Perthshire.

This son of Lockerley Eastern Cruz goes back to the great Jewel Ericas from the Newhouse herd and has a Terminal Sire index of +24 and a 400-day EBV of +52.

He stood supreme champion and joins the Galcantray herd of David Walker at Cawdor, Nairn.

Breeder John Moores from Merseyside and herd manager Angus Baillie produced something out of the ordinary with their bull The Moss Mr Eshton, which sold for 36,000gns.

He was imported as an embryo after Mr Moores admired his dam DMM Miss Essence in Canada and was impressed by the progeny of his sire Vermilion Dateline.

“What a tremendous day.

Have you ever felt drunk without even having had a drink?

Well, that’s how I feel,” said Mr Moores.

His bull was bought jointly by Willie McLaren (Netherton herd) and Northern Ireland breeders William and James Porter (Old Glenort herd).

Robert Galloway re-invested 20,000gns in Kelso breeder Henry Brewis’ Eastfield Fusilier D373.

He was a second prize winner and is by Lockerley Kruz and out of an Eastfield dam by Golatio of Haymount.

The reserve supreme title went to Neil and Graeme Massie’s Blelack Eagle, from the first crop of Nightingale Ernie sons to be offered.

He realised 16,000gns to Ray Grieve for his Carlhurlie herd in Fife.

Averages: Bulls: 123 head 4455.

(United Auctions)