Aberdeen-Angus bull is sold in private deal to Cheeklaw herd

L-r, Jack and John Arnott with Wavestar, the prize bull, bred at Haymount Farm, Kelso, by Tom Arnott is heading to David Lucas' cheeklaw Farm at Duns.
L-r, Jack and John Arnott with Wavestar, the prize bull, bred at Haymount Farm, Kelso, by Tom Arnott is heading to David Lucas' cheeklaw Farm at Duns.

Aberdeen-Angus breeders Messrs J. and W. Arnott of Haymount, Kelso, have sold one of their potential 2012 Perth stars, Haymount Wavestar K986, in a high price private deal to the Lucas family of Cheeklaw, Duns.

This March 2010-born bull is the first son from the 22,000gns stock bull Lorabar Blackstar G290. He is from the successful Witch family line at Haymount, which has produced bulls that have recently realised up to 16,000gns at Perth. Wavestar has a Terminal Index of +30 and a Self Replacing Index of +39.

David Lucas of Cheeklaw said: “This bull caught my eye as soon as I saw him…I knew straight away that he would complement the Cheeklaw herd. He has great breed characteristics, good locomotion and is naturally fleshed. Above all, he has a great temperament, something that is highly valued at Cheeklaw. With a bull this good I knew I would have to go to great lengths to ensure I got him.”

Breeder Tom Arnott added: “It is not our normal policy to sell bulls that have been entered into official Society sales privately, particularly when so close to the sale. However, we were delighted to have interest from a local pedigree breeder. Wavestar really is an exceptional bull and we wish the Lucas family of Cheeklaw every success with him.”

Meanwhile, last week’s Perth Bull Sales proved successful for the Brewis family from Eastfield of Lempitlaw, near Kelso. They took four Aberdeen Angus bulls to Stirling, with all gaining a first prize and a five figure price.

The pen of four sold to 17,000gns - the sale’s second top, paid for their show champion - and brought in £57,750, which is a grand day’s trade in anyone’s book.