Harehead Mourie Smashes Luing Record

(hutch)244s web.jpgA Luing bull has sold for a record price of 20,000gns at Castle Douglas.

Harehead Mourie bred by Professor W A Penny CBE of Harehead Farms in Berwickshire, smashed the previous record of 14,000gns set in 2007 and 2008 at Friday’s 47th Premier Luing Sale at Wallets Marts.

Purchased by Paddy and Shiela Crerar of Newmains, Stenton, East Lothian, this April 2010-born red bull is by Nunnerie Harvey and out of a homebred cow.

He was part of a strong offering of bulls that saw three more go for five figures with 19 selling to average £6,874 (up £2,764 on the year for two fewer sold).

Second top bid of the day was one of 14,000gns for the 21-month-old bull Milkieston Master (below) from Messsrs D&A Barr of Milkieston, Braidland, Stewarton, in Ayrshire. The buyer was C J and J M Symons of Attonburn, Yetholm, Kelso.

(hutch)251s web.jpgTwo other bulls made four-figure prices. One of them, Craigdarroch Minstrel (below), born in  March 2010 and brought out by Messrs W Graham and Son, Craigdarroch, Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, sold for 11,000gns.

(hutch)236bS web.jpgThe other, the 23-month-old Benhar Murray, shown by Robert McNee Ltd of Woodend Farm, Armadale, West Lothian, was sold at 10,000gns to David Stanners of Home Farm Lodge, Prescot, Merseyside.

Another record also tumbled with the top price of 3,600gns being achieved for a pair of in-calf heifers from Benhar.

(hutch)InCalfPairs002s web.jpgThe champion in calf heifers, Benhar Tulip  L39 and Benhar Clover L34, a pair from Robert McNee Ltd of Woodend Farm, sold for 3,600gns each and were snapped by Paddy Crerar.

The top priced bulling heifers were a pair shown by Loders Children’s Settlement at Upper Chatto, Hownam, Kelso.  April 2010 born Upperchatto Maddie and Upperchatto Morag, born a month later, realised 2,200gns each to Glenlyon Estates, Fortinghall, Aberfeldy.

The champion pair of bulling heifer, Harehead M27 and Harehead M54, born in April 2010 and May 2010 respectively, came from Professor Penny and were bought at 1,800gns each by Messrs Lyth, Sheephouse Farm, Higher Greens, Stacksteads, Lancs.

Bull averages soared more than £2,700 to level out at £6,874 for the 19 sold while the bulling heifers rose to £1,324, up £148 on the year for the 169 head while the 49 in calf heifers averaged £1,936.                                                                                        

Robin Anderson, managing director of Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas, the auctioneers, said: “I think everyone, sellers and purchasers are delighted with the trade.

“Bulls were a fantastic trade and this is a new record price for Luing bulls. Heifers were a realistic price which allowed first time buyers to make purchases.”

He added: “Luings are becoming more popular, they are fast becoming recognised as the ideal suckler cow and can be out-wintered.”