Aberdeen Angus Stirling sale leader tops at 22,000gns

The Aberdeen Angus sale in the Stirling ring on Monday 22 October saw 47 bulls sold at a clearance rate of 80%. Prices averaged out at £5,737, up £674 on the year, and the sale leader was knocked down for 22,000gns.

Chris and Janet Watmore of the Holystone Estate in Northumberland bought Linton Gilbertines Powerhouse from the Gordon Brooke Estate for that top price. The April 2017-born bull is sired by Rawburn Dublin and is out of Belhaven Poke star.

Linton Gilbertines Powerhouse was one of six bulls to sell for five figures or more.

Linton Gilbertines Powerhouse © Tim Scrivener

In numbers

  • 47 bulls sold
  • 80% clearance rate
  • Average price £5,737, up £674 from 2017


Selling at 14,000gns was Kilmaluag Eriskay from Donald Rankin, a January 2017-born bull by Retties JFK out of Mosston Muir Etta. He went home with the Massie family’s Aboyne-based Blelack herd.

Kilmaluag Eriskay © Tim Scrivener

See also: Limousins peak at 17,000gns at Carlisle


Next in the money, at 13,000gns, was Tynet Pegasus, the reserve overall champion from the pre-sale show. Pegasus, an AI son of Warrenho Dalmigavie out of Fearn Abbey Poppy, was sold by first-time exhibitors Hugh, Cara and Lorna Thomson, Tynet Farm, Buckie, to Marion Tilson’s Wedderlie herd, based in the Borders.

Tynet Pegasus © Tim Scrivener

The show was judged by Noel Hooke, who commented: “I thought the standard was very high. I was looking for long animals with great depth and locomotion and tried to stick to a certain type that was well suited to both the commercial and pedigree markets.”


Having scooped reserve junior champion, Cairnton Blackbeard from the Howie family in Banchory was knocked down for 12,500gns. The April 2017-born bull is by Haymount Walarlo and out of Cairnton Blackbird was purchased by David Lindsay, Baldovie Farm, Kirriemuir.

Cairnton Blackbeard © Tim Scrivener


The next-best price was for McCornick Evening Express from Martin McCornick, which sold for 11,000gns to John Scott, Fearn Farm, Tain. The May 2017-born bull is out of McCornick Evening Star and by Halbeath Pentagon.

McCornick Evening Express © Tim Scrivener


The overall champion from the pre-sale show, Rulesmains Egbert from Andrew Hodge, was knocked down for 10,000gns. Egbert heads to the north of Scotland to work for Hamish Sclater’s Turriff-based Deveron herd and the Raddery herd of the MacGregors in Fortrose.

The AI son of Hallington Edition was born in January 2017 and took the junior male championship at the 2018 Royal Highland Show in June.

Rulesmains Egbert © Tim Scrivener

Other money makers

  • 7,500gns Raddery Espirit
  • 7,500gns Eilean Extra
  • 6,200gns Duncanziemere Empire  
  • 6,200gns Duncanziemere Judge
  • 6,000gns Weeton Rogue
  • 6,000gns Moncur Jester Eric

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