French Buyer splashes the cash at Oban

European buyers helped lift the trade at the Highland Cattle breed’s annual sale in Oban.

Breeders from France and Germany bought 19 – almost a fifth of the cattle sold.


The biggest international buyer was Yann Guisnel of Brittany, France. He bought 13 and spent just short of £10,000. His top purchase was at 1,800gn for an April 2005 heifer, Eiteag of Liath na Doire, from Ewan Mackay, Glasgow.


It was Mr Mackay who produced the sale topper at 4,000gn – the 19-month-old Bhoidheach Ruadh of Glengoyne, by Domhnull of Gartchonzie and out of Bhoideach Ruadh 2nd of Glengoyne.The heifer was bought by John and Dawn Mackie for their recently established herd at Strathaven.


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Next at 3,800gns was the female champion, Isobel of Bien Esk, from Patricia Burns and Paul Smith, Stirling. This three-year-old, by Thorn of Bien Esk and out of Neonag of Browhaze, is in-calf to Conan of Corriemuckloch. Buying her was Galloway and Charolais pedigree breeder Hamish Porter, Bridgend, Islay.

Reserve female champion, Malda Dubh 4th of Sunnyside,  who was bought just six months ago for 800gns at Perth by Duncan Buchanan, Oban, sold at 3,200gn to Gary Brains, Edmansley, Co Durham.


Hampshire-based breeder Michael Poland, Upham, Southampton, was a prolific purchaser. Highest price he paid was 2200gns for Una 25th of Millerston, a 42-month-old heifer by Coinneach 5th of Pollok and out of Una 21st of Millerston, from Jack Ramsay, of Millerston, Mauchline, Ayrshire.


Ronald and Frances Fergie, Dalry, got two away at 2,000gns. Robert Philip, Skipton, bought at that price from the Fergies a 30-month-old heifer, Primrose 5th of Knockendon, by Romach Rob of Torloisk and out of Primrose of Knockendon.



Heifers: three-year-old   – £1,113.04 for 23; two-year-old – £978.07 for 26; yearling – £555.17 for 29; heifer calves – £482 for 20. Cows – £465.71 for seven. Young cows – £440 for three.