A packed ringside of buyers saw yesterday’s show and sale of pedigree bulls top at 9,200gn.
According to Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ breeding store and breeding cattle manager, John Angus, trade was excellent with a higher clearance rate achieved than last year.
Leading the way at 9,200gn was the reserve Charolais champion from Neil and Graham Massie at Blelack, Dinnet, Aboyne.
April 2013-born Blelack Immortal is a son of the 10,000gn Balmyle Dingle and out of Blelack Dingle, which has bred bulls up to 9,000gn previously. He was snapped up by W. and V. Leith, North Crannoch, Crossroads, Keith.
The next best at 8,500gn was a first-prize winning Charolais from Jock Wilson’s Kinclune herd at Glenkindie, Alford. June 2013-born Kinclune Ideal is from the first batch of sons by the 20,000gn Beechtree George, and out of Kinclune Bobo.He was bought by John Gordon, of Wellheads, Huntly.
Mr Wilson then had another Beechtree George son, this time out of Kinclune Frera, at 7,200gn.
June 2013-born Kinclune Ivanhoe was bought by R. G. Mainland, Nearhouse, Rousay, Orkney.
The overall champion, judged by Anne MacPherson of Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness, sold for 7,000gn.
This beast, which stood as Limousin breed champion earlier in the day, is from Jim and Margaret Penny who run 120 pedigree Limousins at Shannas, Mintlaw.
April 2013-born Shannas Illusion is by Craigatoke Bart and out of Shannas Ballerina. He heads north to Liam Muir at Upper Onston, Stenness, Stromness.
The next leading price of 6,800gn was paid for a third-prize winning Charolais from Roy, Jim, Matthew and Sam Milne at Kennies Hillock, Lhanbryde.
March 2013-born Elgin Iggy is by Goldies unbeatable and out of Elgin Fantasy. He heads to Cameron and Val Fraser at Housebay Farms, Stronsay, Orkney.
Averages: Aberdeen-Angus nine at £3,278; Charolais 15 at £5,873; Limousin 15 at £4,256; Simmental nine at £4,363; Salers one at £2,730; Shorthorn two at £2,520.