Progeny from Northern Ireland breeders was the pick of the day in the Simmental ring, where bidding peaked at 18,000gns and the second best October average on record was achieved for the breed at the fixture.
Averages were down £165 on the year, leveling at £5,641 for 79 bulls sold out 145, representing a clearance rate of 64% (73% last year).
Breed secretary Neil Shand said trade was a little selective, with many people “bidding to a budget”.
He added: “A lot of people are holding out until their single farm payment arrives.”
Top call came from the renowned Robson family who returned all the way from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to claim the leading price for a consecutive year with the second prize Kilbride Farm Doubleaction 12 TSI +60, SRI +66. This April 2012 born homebred bull is sired by Kilbride Farm Warren and is out of Kilbride Farm Eunice. He was bought by Messrs MacPherson, Blackford Farm, Croy.
Second highest bid of the day was earned by another second prize bull; Hiltonstown Dominic 12, from Robert and Richard Rodgers, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Sired by Auroch Amos he is out of Hiltonstown Wallis and has a TSI of +60 and an SRI of +66.
He heads home with Messrs Grant, Inverness.
Two bulls sold for 13,000gns. First was Islavale Daz 12, sired by Chestermann Varney, out of a homebred dam Islavale Sapphire and consigned by Stewart Stronach, Grange, Keith.
He sold to Messrs Wright, Argaty, Doune.
Next at the same money was LD Quarm’s Annick Dalwhinnie 12, who won champion at the Royal Highland previously this year. Sired by Skerrington Visa and out of Annick Brackens Primrose – who bred the 20,000gns Talisker.
He was purchased by Barclay and Son, Fordyce, Banff.
Back in the bidding at 12,000gns was another consignment from Kilbride, this time Kilbride Farm Duke 12 TSI +60 SRI +66, again sired by Kilbride Farm Warren and out of Kilbride Farm Eunice 38S. He goes home with Henry Widdicombe, Totnes, Devon.
Also at 12,000gns was Corrick Dictator, from Cecil McIlwaine, Newtownstewart. Sired by Drumlone Anchor he is out of the Woodhall Premier daughter Corrick Winnie. He was purchased by Mr Clark, Orkney.
At 11,000gns was another one from the same home, this time junior champion Corrick Duneden, sired by Clonagh Tiger Gallant and out of Corrick Tilly Diana by Omorga Prince. He sold to Campbell and Sons, Thurso, Caithness.
Not far behind at 10,500gns was Eyemouth’s John Dykes with Mendick Delboy 12, sired by Delfur All At Once and out of Mendick Tessa. He was bought by Messrs McFarland, Newtown Stewart, Co. Tyrone.
Averages: 79 bull; £5,641.