Stirling Bull Sales: Salers sell to 7,800gns

A small, but strong contingent of Salers bulls at Stirling saw prices rise to 7,800gns for an April 2012 born Whitebog Harvey from Alistair MacKenzie, of the Whitebog herd, Fortrose. By Seawell Diplomat and out of Whitebog Rosie, Harvey , who was first in the second class of bulls sold to Vestra Fiold, Orkney.

Sale leader Whitebog Harvey

Sale leader Whitebog Harvey

Only nine bulls sold through the ring, as well as two females. Next highest with a bid of 5,000gns was the Salers champion, Seamore Hernot from Seamore Farming, Hawick . This January 2012-born bull is by Seawell Viscount and out of Seamore Dubai and sold to T Coghill, Orkney.

Seamore Farming also scooped the reserve champion title with another Viscount son, Seamore Heavy Duty. Out of Seawell Betty he headed home at 4,800gns with Messrs Gardiner, Culfosie, Echt.

Females sold to 2,100gns for an entry from Messrs Pye of the Rigel herd, Yarm. Rigel Iowa is by Amazonien and out of a Crocodile Dundee cow Rigel Ino and was scanned in-calf to Casimir after running with him last autumn.

Commenting on trade, breed secretary Liz Wilde said: “ Bulls forward were of good quality and the ring was a lot busier than usual. The breed seems to be taking off because they are easy calving and just get on with the job. Four out of the nine bulls sold to Orkney because of the hardiness of the animals,” she said.