Bad weather blamed for poor prices at key bull sales

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A MOVE to spring calving combined with a bad year for rearing livestock was blamed for a poor clearance of Angus bulls on the first day of the Stirling bull sales, when only 38 out of 77 were sold and the average dropped by more than £600 on the year to £4,012.

Breed president Angus Stovold, who runs the Rosemead herd near Guildford, said that it had been a horrendous year with fodder short and feed prices high so nobody wants to feed extra stock over the winter. He also said the quality was not the best he had seen. This comment was backed up by judge, Wanda Hobbs, who said too many bulls were bad on their legs, a problem which she claimed was getting worse.

Top price was 10,000gns to Robin and Nancy Orr, Halbeath, Dunfermline, for their reserve junior champion, Halbeath Kansas, to breeder Ewan Brewis, Eastfield of Lempitlaw, Kelso.

A three-year-old bull which was champion at the Three Counties show this summer was next best at 7,500gns. Oakchurch Diplomat was sold by the Price family of Hereford to Andrew Mylius, St Fort, Newport-on-Tay.

The reserve overall and junior champion, Glassel Del from Sir Moir Lockhead’s Glassel Farm at Banchory, made 7,000gns to John and Marion Tilson of J and J Campbell, Wedderlie, Gordon, while at the same price the Orr’s sold their reserve senior champion, Halbeath Pedro, in a joint deal to Jimmy Walton, Flotterton, Rothbury, and Mr Dixon, Stobbs, Newcastle. Also at 7,000gns, Jan Boomaars, Woldingham, sold Vexour Nearmiss to John McIntosh, Dunragit, Stranraer.

It was a different story for females, however, as John Elliot, Rawburn, Duns, sold a select few from his herd to top at 24,000gns for the two-year-old in-calf heifer Rawburn Edith to new breeder Ben Marsden, Sheffield. Rawburn Lazer made 9,000gns to telephone bidder Nicola Mills, Norfolk, and Rawburn Mary Princess made 13,000gns to Messrs Richardson, Portadown.

Shorthorn bulls sold to 8,000gns and averaged £4,047 for 11, a 50 per cent clearance, but breed secretary Frank Milnes said that was the number they would expect to sell at this sale and was pleased the trade had help up.

The sale topper from Robert and Paula McAlister, Langalbuinoch Diesel from the Isle of Bute, went to Leys Castle, Inverness.

At 7,500gns Carey Coombs, Dunsyre, Carnwath, sold their third prize Dunsyre Demetri to James Porter, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.