DESPITE a drop in averages, Luing breeders enjoyed another successful show and sale with bulls selling to a top of 7800gns.
The trade at the 46th premier sale of the Luing Cattle Society was described as realistic and many breeders were delighted at the trade with bulls averaging more than £4,000 for the second year in a row.
Seven of the 21 bulls sold made 5,000gns or more while the heifers in calf were topped at 2,800gns for the champion pair – 30-month old Benhar Tulip K48 and Benhar Misty K45 - from Robert McNee Ltd of Woodend Farm, Armadale, and bought by Messrs D. Stanners, Home Farm, Prescott, in Merseyside.
The top price of the day was 7,800gns for the two-year-old bull Floors Laphgoarig shown by Floors Farming, Rawburn Farm, Longformacus, Duns, Berwickshire.
He was bought by Rob Storrie of Netherwood, Bathgate, who also purchased a number of heifers including two from Messrs McNee at 2,300gns and 2,200gns.
It was a successful day for Professor Penny of Harehead farm, Cranshaws, Duns, who sold three bulls at 6,500gns, 5,800gns and 3,000gns.
His top priced animal was the April 2009 bull Harehead Lomu which was bought by Robert McNee Ltd with others going to the Messrs G Roddam, Blackcarts, Hexham, and the Crofters Commission, Inverness, respectively. Messrs F.J.A. McGowan of Incheoch Farms, Alyth, Blairgowrie, sold one of their bulls from their Dirnanean herd for 6,200gns. Dirnanean Lincoln, a two-year-old bull, was bought by Glenapp Farms Ltd, Ballantrae, Girvan.
There was a strong trade for two bulls shown by Messrs C.J. and J.M. Symons of Attonburn, Yetholm, Kelso.
Attonburn Lumberjack, an April 2009 bull was sold at 5,200gns to Messrs A. Lyth of Sheephouse Farm, Stackstead, Bacup, Lancashire, and a 4,800gns bid came from Messrs B.G. Abbot of Duich Farm, Bowmore, Isle of Islay, Argyll, for Attonburn Livewire, born in March 2009.
The champion pair of bulling heifers, Milkieston L28 and Milkieston L26, shown by Messrs D. and A. Barr of Milkieston Farm, Eddleston, Peebles, were sold at 2,600gns to Messrs A.C. Burke of Nether Stewarton Farm, Eddleston, Peebles.
It was a successful day for the new Luing Cattle Society chairman, Steven Murray of West Preston, Kirkbean, Dumfries, who sold 29 heifers in calf to a top of 1900gns for his Rockcliffe K39 to Messrs Harvey of Shotton Farm, Mindrum, Wooler.
The bull average at £4,110 for 22 sold was only slightly down on last year’s figure of £4,136 with 46 in-calf heifers levelling out this year at £1,792, a drop of £226 on last years record.
The 136 bulling heifers were also back on the year at £1,176 a drop of £455 compared with last year’s £1,631.