It was a record breaking day at the Aberdeen & Northern Marts pedigree bull and cattle sale at the Royal Northern Spring Show on Wednesday March 2nd 2011.
A new Thainstone Centre price record was set and the sale had its biggest ever entry of bulls with 138 from breeders across Scotland.
The supreme champion and overall Charolais champion bull topped the sale at 13,000gns. Inverlochy Edition, a May 2009-born son of Lochend Apache out of Inverlochy Vanya, was bred by father and son team John and Raymond Irvine, Inverlochy Farm, Kirkmichael, Tomintoul.
Buyer was William Forbes, Dalrachie, Ballindalloch, and the price beat the previous Spring Show record of 10,000gns set last year, again for a Charolais bull.
Second highest sale price on the day was 8500gns for the 21-month-old Charolais bull Kinclune Alford from Jock Wilson, Kinclune, Alford, which sold to G Wilson and Sons, Flichie, Glenkindie, Alford.
The reserve champion Charolais, Balnacraig Egbert, a March 2009-born son of Airdlin Branson out of Balnacraig Vanessa, from Douglas Cruickshank, Gordonstown, Torphins, sold for 7500gns to Philip Simmers, Backmuir Trading Company, Backmuir, Keith.
The top price Limousin was Foxford Eduardo, a July 2009-born son of Ashmore Vent out of Newferry Vanity from N and E Cruickshank, Cowford Farm, Cleghorn, Lanark. It sold for 5600gns to H McDonald, Mains of Dalvey, Cromdale, Grantown.
The Limousin champion was the March 2009-born Elrick Everest, by Wilodge Vantastic out of Elrick Beaujolais, from Michael Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt. He was knocked down at 4200gns to P A and P Duncan, Northfield, Gamrie, Banff.
The champion Simmental was Islavale Arizona, a May 2009-born son of Darsham Lucky Strike out of Islavale Rita from Stuart Stronach, Berryleys, Grange, Keith. It sold for the class leading price of 5000gns to D and P Petrie, West Maldron, Torphins.
At the same money and from the same class of Simmental bulls was Tilleve Arthur, a May 2009-born son of Blackford Navigator out of Tillyeve Nirvana from Messrs Bruce, Tillyeve, Udny. Buyer here was J Baxter, Troup Home Farm, Gamrie.
Top price Aberdeen-Angus bull was Cairnton Class Buster, an April 2009-born son of Blelack Evergreat out of Cairnton Cherry Bee 2nd, from Ken and Margaret Howie, Cairnton, Lumphanan, which sold for 3000gns to J Rhind and Co, Woodside, Kinloss, Forres.
The Aberdeen Angus champion was Auchincrieve Jumbo Eric, a March 2009-born son of Blelack Widgeon out of Auchincrieve Jumbo Erica, from C and E McCombie, Auchincrieve, Knock, Huntly, which sold for 2900gns to Ross Brothers, Wardhead, Strichen.
The first sale of Saler bulls at Thainstone saw a top price of 2400gns for the 22-month-old Callander Jefferson from D Shepherd, Mains of Callander, Crieff, which was bought by Allan and Jack Adams, Eastfield of Monaltrie, Ballater.
In the exhibition cattle classes, the supreme title and heifer champion was won by Wilson Peters, Monzie, Crieff, with a yearling Limousin cross heifer, Miss Money Penny. She sold for £3200 to John Smith, The Rowans, Rora and Blair Duffton, Bogie Street, Huntly.
The overall reserve title went to Bert and Patsy Paton, Spott, Glenprosen, Kirriemuir, with an 11-month-old Limousin cross heifer which was also reserve heifer champion. It sold for £2000 to John Lumgair, East Idvies, Letham, Forfar.
Bullock champion was Dizzy Rascal, a 15-month-old Limousin from Craig Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran, Aultmore, Keith, and Gary Wright, Lagavaich, Glenlivet.
The overall exhibition cattle average £1201.25 (£2.75 a kg) for 32 head with 11 heifers averaging £1515.40 (£3.70 a kg) and 21 steers £1036.67 (£2.29 a kg).