The first animal sold through the ring at United Auction’s new mart at Hill O’Drip, Stirling, yesterday, sold for a sizzling £10,000gns. The animal was pedigree Highland heifer Bess 1 of Bien Esk, by Thorn of Bien Esk and out of Bhuidhe Bhoidheach 18 of Shenavallie
The heifer, sold in aid of Breast Cancer Care, was donated by Patricia Smith, who was diagnosed with the disease last year. Ms Smith runs the Bien Esk fold of Highlanders with partner Paul Burns.
Buying the heifer was Scotbeef supremo Ian Galloway. Well known for heading up the processor and also as a breeder of Aberdeen-Angus Mr Galloway was upholding a family tradition as he also bought the first animal under the hammer at Perth in 1990 and hsi father, James, purchased the first lot sold at UA’s Kildean market in the 1960s.
There’s no word yet on what Bess’ fate will be though……