Belted Galloway top at 5,800gns in Castle Douglas

More than 70 pedigree Belted Galloway female, bulls and registered White Galloways went under the hammer at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas.

The top price bull, Northern Light form Welsh breeder Jane Smith, Longwood Farm, Monmouthshire, sold for 5,800gns to Sir Martyn Arbib for the Howemill herd in Wiltshire.

belted galloway.jpgNorthern Light was first and male champion at the Bath and Westh Show in 2011, first at the Royal Highland, and male champion at the Great Yorkshire.


Other leading prices on the day included two other bulls from Jane Smith.  Whitepool Neptune secured at 5,000gns to Speddoch Farms, Muil, Shawhead, Dumfries and Messrs Marshall and Son, Eastlands, Crocketford, Dumfries.

While male champion and reserve overall, two-year-old Whitepool McCoy was sold for 3,800gns to Irish breeder Des Dunne of Castle Martin Farms, Co Kildare, Southern Ireland.

The top price received by a local breeder was 3,500gns for the 21-month-old bull Cairnsmore Dominator, sold by Messrs W & J Landers of Bargally Farm, Newton Stewart.

In the femal section, the champion cow Barwise Crystal Moon from Mrs Caroline Fletcher, Barwise, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria sold for 2,300gns.  While Mrs Fletcher’s May 2009 born heifer Barwise Miss Marple secured at 3,600gns.  Both were bought by Mr Dunne.

The White Galloways were topped at 1,250gns for a bulling heifer from Mrs C McMillan of Woodhead of Lessnessock, Ochiltree, Cumnock.  While another bulling heifer from Messrs G&K Gilligan of High Creoch, Gatehouse Fleet, sold for 1,100gns.

Average on the day were: 34 bulling heifers averaged £1,235.29; 16 running with bull £1,470; 2 in-calf heifers £1,890; 16 bulls £2,631.56.