New Luing Cattle Society record for Harehead bull

Professor Penny with Neil Anderson of Harehead Farm, a stablemate of the Harehead Mourie sold for a new record price of 20,000gns.
Professor Penny with Neil Anderson of Harehead Farm, a stablemate of the Harehead Mourie sold for a new record price of 20,000gns.

A LUING bull from Professor Penny’s herd at Harehead, near Cranshaws, set a new Luing Society record at their 47th Premier Sale held in Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas.

The sale saw the highest entry in almost 40 years with 218 females forward and all selling.

The highlight of the day came when the bull Harehead Mourie strode into the ring to prompt some fervent bidding and was eventually knocked down for a new Society record of 20,000gns to new Luing breeders Paddy and Sheila Crerar of Newmains, Stenton.

The top of 20,000gns contributed to an almost unprecedented average of £6,874 for bulls – up £2,764 on the year for two fewer sold; in-calf Luing heifers were also bid to a record top of 3,600gns (with an average of £1,936 – up £143 for three more sold) with Luing bulling heifers bid to 2,200gns (£1,324 – up £148 for 33 more sold).

Considered to be one of the strongest line up of bulls on offer for some years, 19 of the 20 forward sold to average £6,874 – up £2,764 on the year with two fewer sold.

The top price of 20,000gns was paid by Paddy and Sheila Crerar of Newmains, Stenton, for Harehead Mourie from the Harehead herd of Professor Penny CBE based at Cranshaws, Duns.

Mourie was part of a very strong pen of bulls from Harehead and had topped the scales at 890kg, measuring 57” at the shoulder with a scrotal circumference of 43.5cm.

By a previous record priced bull, Nunnerie Harvey, and out of a Luing Exciseman-sired homebred dam, he is very much being seen as a foundation bull for the Crerar’s Luing herd at Stenton.

The remainder of Harehead’s stable sold well with all four selling to average £9,712.

Professor Penny’s Harehead offering of 15 bulling heifers levelled at £1,497 for 15. This consignment contained the prize-winning pair of heifers as judged by Dave Stanners for the inaugural Carrs Billington ‘best pairs’ competitions. This pair of red heifers, sired by Nunnerie Harvey and Benhar Flint, were purchased for 1,800gns each by Andrew Lyth of Bacup, Lancashire.

Commenting on the trade, Society Chairman Steven Murray said: “Today’s sale will live long in the memory for Luing breeders. We knew in advance of a lot of interest for bulls and once it became obvious of the quality brought out by the breeders we knew that section could sell well. Breaking two records, one at 3,600gns for in-calf heifers and one at 20,000gns for a bull, just proves how in demand Luing cattle are at present.”