Aberdeen Angus bulls peaked at 8,000gns at the society’s spring show and sale, Carlisle, last week (22 May).
Sale leader was the junior, male and supreme champion Belhaven Dundee N088 from J Gilmour, Penston, Macmerry. Sired by Rawburn Elmer he is out of Belhaven Delia by Muirhall Double Edition. He sold to David Lindsay, Kirriemuir, Angus, with an TSI of +35 and an SRI of +50.
Next best at 6,200gns was the senior and reserve male and supreme champion Dumfriesshire’s Alastair Houston with Gretnahouse Jonty N640. Sired by Auldhouseburn Karlos D218 he is out of the Newcairnie Pastor daughter Duncanziemere Jody D147. He sold to Hoddam and Kinmount Estates, Lockerbie, with a TSI od +41 and an SRI of +52.
Just shy of this at 6,000gns was the first prize homebred bull Hallington Excalibur N401 from Alan Lawson and Son, Newcastle On Tyne. He is sired by the Netherallan Peter Pershore son Hallington Evo L333 and is within the top 1% of the breed with a TSI of +49 and SRI of +66. He caught the eye of GW Green and Sons, Wooler, Northumberland.
The day’s fourth highest price was paid by Wilson Bros, Alnwick, Northumberland, for the first prize Rawburn El Nino P882 from John Elliot, Kelso, Roxburghshire. Sired by Nightingale Perry L577 his dam is the Ellin Erroneous C570 daughter Rosemead Empress J970, who was purchased as a calf with her dam for the top price of 6,000gns at the Rosemead 75th anniversary sale in 2011.
Topping female trade at 4,300gns was the maiden heifer Duncanziemere Schelda P096 from A Clark and Sons, York. Sired by Rawburn Jester Eric J034 who won breed and interbreed champion at the Highland last year. He is out of the Auldhouseburn Karlos daughter Duncanziemere Schelda L389. Buyer was MR Colville, Stortford, Herts.
Averages: 57 bulls, £3,706; seven maiden heifers, £1,941.