Bids topped at 4,800gn yesterday at Dingwall Mart’s annual show and sale of registered pedigree bulls.
A clearance rate of 71% was achieved when 25 of the 35 bulls forward went on to new homes.
Leading the charge was the Aberdeen-Angus champion from the pre-sale show, judged by Harold Murray of Meadowbank, Forglen, Turriff.
This one – March-2014 born Culrain Evor which is by Hallington Evolution – was put forward by Messrs G & W Henderson, Culrain Mains, Ardgay. He heads over the Minch to Angus Mackay, of 7 Scaristavore, Harris.
The second best price of the day was 4,000gn for a May-2014 born Limousin from Messrs B Williamson & Partners, Coldhome, Fortrose.
Coldhome Jimbob, which is by Reids Gucci, sold to Messrs J Mackenzie & Co, Wester Craiglands, Fortrose.
Thereafter two lots, including the supreme champion, sold for 3,600gn.
The supreme champion – an October-2014 born Simmental from Messrs Druid Temple Farms, Inverness – was described by the judge as “outstanding in his company”.
He was referring to Dellfield Freddy, which is by the 17,000gn Hiltonstown Dominic. He sold to Messrs J H & S M Anderson, The Cloy, Fortrose.
Also at 3,600gn was a Saler from Messrs Mackenzie, Whitebog, Rosemarkie. March-2014 born Whitebog Jimmy, which is by Seawell Diplomat, sold to Messrs L & J Kemp, Midbigging, Tobe, Orkney.
Next best at 3,500gn was a seven-year-old black Limousin from Messrs Glenrinnes Farm, Glenrinnes. Knock Black Emlyn, which is by Newhouse Black Billy, was bought by Mr A Macdonald, Easter Sheeppark, Balblair, Black Isle.
Meanwhile, the reserve supreme champion – an October-2014 born Limousin from Mr W. F. Cruikshank & Sons, Clury, Dulnain Bridge – made 3,400gn.
Clury Jamie is the first son to be sold from the herd’s 23,000gn sire, Rahoney Geoffrey. He sold to Messrs T, E and M Walker, Newton of Mountblairy, Alvah, Banff.
Another at 3,400gn was a June-2014 born Aberdeen-Angus from Ballindalloch Home Farm, Ballindalloch. This one – Ballindalloch Eric, which is by Ballindalloch Prince – sold to Messrs Mid Fearn Farms, Ardgay.
Dingwall and Highlands Marts’ executive director, Paul Spencer, said: “Well-bred bulls with good locomotion commanded a firm trade from all over the Highlands and Islands.”