Worthwhile journey for 6000gns Highland bull

A round trip of over 1000 miles proved worthwhile for breeder Michael Poland with a 6000gns top price at Oban’s Highland Cattle Society fixture last weekend.

Mr Poland’s long journey from Southampton with Iasgair of Mottistone paid off when he began the two-day fixture by taking the senior bull championship.

Iasgair soon reached 6000gns the following day and heads south for Wilts with buyer Ramsbury Estates.

The red-coated Iasgair is by Lachlan of Fyvie who sired the 10,000gns Russell of Balure in the same ring last year and is out of Lucy of Balure, female champion at this sale two years ago.

There were 60 bulls forward but buyers were very selective.

Two bulls made 4000gns.

Buying for her Innisard fold at Newtonmore was Pat Knox, who took Isle of Mull breeder Hugh MacPhail’s red bull Tearlach of Callachally.

Also at 4000gns was Jock 2nd of Upper Cornabus from the Isle of Islay fold of James Monaghan.

He heads for the Isle of Mull with Glengorm Estate.

Chris and Janet Watmore, who now live in New Zealand but maintain their Murray Cooper fold near Southport, had flown over for the sale and paid 3000gns for the yellow bull Angus 8th of Dunvegan.

The red-coated Ruairidh 1st of Glengorm from Glengorm Estate made 2800gns to Yorks breeder Lisa Tomlins while James Mawle of Coverhead Farms, North Yorks, gave 2600gns for the black-coated bull Aonghas Dubh of Roisbheinn.

New breeder Dai Ormond, who runs the Rowston fold at Tenby, Pembs, paid the highest price for a female with a 5200gns call to secure the red-coated senior heifer Bac Beg 8th of Torloisk from Angus MacColl’s fold on the Isle of Mull.

Averages: Bulls – eight senior 2153, 23 two-year-olds 1489. Females – 20 senior heifers 1546, 14 three-year-olds 861, 14 two-year-olds 585. (Caledonian Marts)