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GALLERY: 12,000gn the top price paid for champion of Limousins at Stirling Bull Sales

Heather Duff from Pitmudie Farm, Brechin, seen with her Simmental bull Pitmudie Highlander in the judging ring.
Heather Duff from Pitmudie Farm, Brechin, seen with her Simmental bull Pitmudie Highlander in the judging ring.

Farmers from across Scotland and farther afield gathered for the May Stirling Bull Sales at United Auctions.

The top price at the sale was 12,000gn for the Limousin champion from the Irvine family at Braehead Farm, Drummuir, Keith.

October 2016-born Anside Magneto sold to Ian Wilkinson for his Redstroke herd at Balgay Farm, Inchture, near Perth.

Limousins also achieved the highest clearance rate of 92% for the 44 sold. They averaged £4,928, which is up £903 on the year.

The second-best price at the sale was 9,200gn for September 2016-born Charolais bull Goldies Moonlight from Hamish Goldie, South Bowerhouses, Ruthwell, Dumfries. He sold to Colin Morrison, 6 Rhughasinish, Lochcarnan, Lochboisdale, South Uist.

In all, 27 Charolais bulls sold to a clearance rate of 82% and an average of £5,402 – up £824 on the 2017 sale.

Thereafter, Beef Shorthorns sold to a top price of 8,000gn for the breed champion.

This was Balgay Khamul, from Balgay Farm, Inchture. He sold to AS Hogg & Partners, Birkenside, Earlston.

The 10 Shorthorn bulls had a 91% clearance rate and sold to average £4,839 – up £189.

Simmentals sold to a top price of 6,500gn and a 70% clearance rate was achieved when 38 sold to average £4,253 – back £222 on the year.

The breed leader was Kersknowe Heirloom, from John Jeffrey at Kersknowe, Kelso.

Aberdeen-Angus also peaked at 6,500gn for the champion – Tonley Ernie, from the Wattie family at Mains of Tonley, Alford. The 30 Angus bulls sold to an 81% clearance rate and an average of £4,452 – up £98.

Lastly, Salers sold to a top of 5,200gn for the champion – Rigel Laredo, from Rigel Pedigree, Leven Fields, Middleton of Leven, Yarm.

A clearance of 71% was achieved for the five Salers, which averaged £4,347 – down £1,288 on last year.

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