Aberdeen Angus bulls were in a strong demand at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday (27 May) where 51 of the 55 on offer sold to a top price of 8,000gns, averaged £4372.94, an increase of £666.62 on last year and met a 93% clearance.
Celebrating a fantastic day in both show and sale ring was Alasdair Houston of the Gretnahouse herd, Gretna, Dumfries and Galloway, who took the senior and overall championship honours and top price of the day.
His sale leader at 8,000gns was Gretnahouse KP P710, a June 2014-born son of the 2013 Winter National Show yearling champion, Gretnahouse Lord Hefty M549 and is out of the Blelack Evor H929 daughter, Gretnahouse Kay Pride M546.
See the photos of the show winners and top sales of the day below.
KP was awarded the senior and overall championship under judge Alwyn Armour of the Woodvale herd, Dromore, County Down and sold in a two-way partnership to John Fleming for his Stairhaven herd, Newton Stewart and Ian Watson for the Kersquarter herd, Kelso, Roxburghshire.
Commenting on his champion, Mr Armour said: “This bull had great power, presence and scope and walked well on the move.”
Positive for calving ease, KP carries a terminal sire index of +41, a self replacing index of +52 and an eye muscle area of +6.1.
The second highest price of the day, selling for 7,800gns was the reserve overall and senior reserve champion Carruthers Eric Thestar P569, from Waterbeck, Lockerbie-based Messrs Graham.
This Rawburn Enigma G653 son is out of the Maplejacks Foggarty B022 daughter, Wall Erica Star F500, which was purchased at the Wall dispersal for 3,800gns.
Eric Thestar has already been shown and was reserve breed champion at Dumfries Show last year and sold to T Chalmers and Co, Canonbie, Dumfriesshire.
Alasdair Houston was back in the action again selling Gretnahouse Kind Lad P741, the pre-sale junior champion, for 7,000gns.
By the home-bred Gretnahouse Blacksmith L500, he’s out of the Blelack Equity J127 daughter, Blelack Karama Lady L752 and carries a self-replacing index of +63. Buyer here was AR Bell, Hawick, Roxburghshire.
At 6,700gns was David and Penny Evans, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, with their second-placed Tree Bridge Plymouth P513. Home-bred on both sides, this one is by Tree Bridge Pathfinder L336 and is out of Tree Bridge Polly Perkins J241, a Chapelton Dark Mahmoud E826 daughter. This one sold to JL Gledson, Hexham.
Meanwhile, two bulls sold for 6,500gns, the first of which was the reserve senior champion, Oak Moor Black Edwin P250, from Gini Guttery, Haxby, York.
This Duncanziemere Edwin J311 son is out of the Nightingale Ernie B133 daughter, Blelack Blackbird E235 and carries a self replacing index of +52. He found a home with J and W Menzies, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.
At that same money was the first place Elliot Roxburgh R070 from John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso.
This Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 son is out of the Vermilion Payweight J847 daughter Elliot Rosebud E020. He carries a self-replacing index of +62 and a milk figure of +25 and sold to JS Fleming, Newton Stewart.
Leading trade at 5,000gns in the female offering was the female and reserve overall champion Duncanziemere Edwina R126 from Cumnock-based Alistair Clark and Sons.
Born February 2015, this one is by Auldhouseburn Karlos D218 and out of Duncanziemere Edwina N045 and sold to the judge Alwyn Armour for his Woodvale herd.
Next best at this money was John Elliot’s first place heifer Rawburn Lady Hispade P963, a Rawburn Eli L281 April 2014-born daughter out of the Rawburn Randolph F555 daughter, Rawburn Lady Hispade K220. This one sold to F McDaid, Luton.
Averages: 51 bulls, £4372.94; 11 heifers served and maiden, £2844.55; one cow served and/or suckling, £2,100. (Harrison and Hetherington).
Photos of the show winners and top sales
Leading trade at 8,000gns in Carlisle was Alasdair Houston’s male and overall champion, Gretnahouse KP P710, which sold in a two-way partnership to John Fleming, Stairhaven, Dumfries and Galloway and Ian Watson, Kersquarter, Roxburghshire.
Selling for 7,800gns was the reserve senior champion, Carruthers Eric Thestar P569, from Messrs Graham.
The junior champion from Alasdair Houston, Gretnahouse Kind Lad P741, sold for 7000gns.
Trading at 7,000gns was Roscoe Elmundo P366 from Ross Farms.
David and Penny Evans sold their second placed Tree Bridge Plymouth P513 for 6,700gns.
Selling for 5,000gns back to the judge Alwyn Armour, County Down, was the female champion Duncanziemere Edwina R126 from the Clark family.