A young farmer from Huntly stole the show at yesterday’s Aberdeen Christmas Classic achieving the top price of the day with a home-bred Charolais bull.
Anna Robertson, 26, of Lower Inchcorsie, Rothiemay, topped the sale when her March-2015 born bull Inchcorsie Ludo went under the hammer.
Selling for 6,000gn to Farquharson Farms, Darley, Fyvie, Turriff, Ludo is the second ever bull sold by Miss Robertson who runs a herd of six females.
An AI son of Balbithan Vespasian, he is out of Miss Robertson’s foundation cow Balthayock Fancy which she purchased with money given to her for her 21st birthday.
Second best at the multi-breed show and sale of pedigree bulls was 5,000gn for a Charolais from Major David Walter’s Balthayock herd at Perth.
January-2015 born Balthayock Lancer, by Balthayock Grandee and out of Balthayock Gypsy, sold to Shane and Lesley Robertson of Roebank, Grange, Keith.
Next best at 4,700gn was the pre-sale show Simmental champion from the Green family’s Corskie herd at Garmouth, Fochabers.
March-2015 born Corskie Guinness, by Westridge Dugan and out of Corskie Danielle, sold to Elsick Estates, Newtonhill, Aberdeen.
Other leading prices included 4,500gn for an April-2015 born Charolais bull from Mike Massie’s Elrick herd at Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt, Ellon.
Elrick Leopard, by the 16,000gn Thrunton Fearless and out of Elrick Daffodil, sold to A. Brown and Co, Auchorrie, Midmar, Inverurie.
The pre-sale overall champion, as placed by Stewart Youngson of Westerton, Cullerlie, Echt, went unsold at 3,800gn.
Put forward by Garry Patterson of Upper Forgie, Aultmore, Keith, Aultside Lord is an AI son of the 55,000gn Aultside Hulk.
Meanwhile, a top price of 5,500gn was achieved at a major reduction sale of the Cairnton herd of Aberdeen-Angus cattle.
The herd, which is run by the Howie family at Lumphanan, was being reduced to allow the family to focus on its other business – the Deeside Activity Park.
Leading the sale was four-year-old stock bull Haymount Walarlo, by Blelack Prince Carl and out of Haymount Walluma. He sold to W. G. and H. Murray, Kirkton Farm, Golspie.
Females topped at 3,100gn for in-calf heifer Cairnton Blackcap, by Haymount Walarlo and out of Blelack Blackcap. She sold in-calf to Cairnton Phillanderer to Charlie McCombie, Auchincrieve, Rothiemay, Huntly.
In all, the Howie family sold 26 females to average £2,495.29.
Meanwhile, the dispersal sale of the Auchry herd of Charolais cattle sold to a top of 3,000gn twice.
The herd was being dispersed by the Seed family of Home Farm, Auchry, Cuminestown, Turriff.
First to hit 3,000gn was five-year-old cow Auchry Gwen, by Newhouse Challenger, with her heifer calf Maxine at foot. The outfit sold to James Youngson at Westerton.
The other at this price was another cow and calf outfit – Auchry Giddy, by Loganbar Chieftain, and her bull calf Matthew. They sold to C. G. Matthew, Newton, Tullynessle.
In all, the Seed family sold six cow and calf units to average £2,940, and five in-calf heifers to average £2,047.50.