LIMOUSIN bulls were the toast of Perth, with an average price of £3583 and a top of 8800gns.
The feverish trade for the 122 bulls took the average up £355 on the year. Breed secretary Ian Kerr said breeders had been determined to bring out a top quality Perth parade. "Our deregistration scheme has encouraged breeders to be very selective. It has cost the society £22,000 in lost revenue, but its succeeding in maintaining the highest standards in breeding stock."
Matthew Jones, at 19 years old, is fast achieving notoriety as the breeds "Welsh wizard". Building on previous success at Perth – where he achieved the breed centre record of 17,000gns – he brought out Bailea Lightning, a Greensons Gigolo son, from his familys 75-strong herd at Brecon and topped the bidding at 8800gns. Buyer of this second prize winner was Ivan Scott, Orkney.
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Borders breeders Richard Oates (Jedburgh) and Harry Fleming (Coldstream) joined to pay 8500gns for Brockhurst Liskeard, a bought-in Greensons Hobbit son from Kenny Veitch, Co Fermanagh. The bull stood reserve intermediate champion.
An 8000gns call, the best yet for brothers Gordon and Douglas Cruickshank, Banchory, secured their reserve supreme champion Balnacraig Lucky, a Duc son claimed by Aberdeenshire buyers Wilson and Geraldine Strachan.
Drew and Bob Adam saw another good son of the successful sire Gaulois make 7500gns. Their Newhouse Luther went to A Smith and Sons, Glenkindie, Aberdeenshire. Another from the Adams string made 7000gns.
Cruickshank Normande Limousin, Lanarkshire enjoyed a strong trade with a best of 7200gns paid by Terry Coghill, Orkney for a Gragnant son that took the intermediate title.
Another by Gaulois from the Linross herd of Bob Douglas, Glamis made 6500gns to D and A Urquhart, Invernesshire. And at the same price Co Down vendor J Scotts Ardigon Lawyer, by Haltcliffe Investor, went to D and A McRae, Argyll.
Rathkeeland Leroy, by Columbjohn Drake, from R and S Crawford, Co Fermanagh, stood supreme champion and made 6200gns to W and * Logan, Girvan. *