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Due to the lockdown and restrictions in place with the Covid-19 pandemic, United Auctions’ Stirling Bull Sales in May were conducted via direct marketing instead of a live sale at Stirling Agricultural Centre.
To date, Scotland’s leading livestock auctioneers have sold 121 bulls at the May Stirling Bull Sales, which is supported by Galbraith, Scotland’s leading independent property consultancy.
An online catalogue was produced which included all the relevant sire information and EBVs with the addition of a photograph and description of each bull. The trusted sales team at United Auctions – including Raymond Kennedy, John Roberts, David Brown, Ross Fotheringham, Murray Rainnie and Andrew Weir – spoke directly with prospective buyers to convey the value of each bull by describing their style, locomotion and definition and to ensure they met their particular requirements.
Raymond Kennedy, Auctioneer and Sales Executive at United Auctions, said: ‘There has been a tremendous entry of bulls available in both numbers and quality at the May Bull Sale. While it has been unfortunate for all involved not to have the usual sales platform, vendors and buyers have adapted quickly and all those involved are confident that the right customers have found the right bulls to best suit their individual needs.
‘The online catalogue continues to be regularly updated and there is still an excellent selection of bulls available for sale to suit all needs and budgets. For any enquiries do not hesitate to contact our sales team.’
Lots and prices
Leading the catalogued entry was the outstanding Aberdeen-Angus bull Retties Lazy River U026 (ET) from Richard & Carol Rettie, selling for 9000gns to join Karl Scott’s Foggie pedigree herd at his base at South Brownhill, Turriff. This bull was a son of the renowned Rawburn Elysium and out of Wall Lady Ruth E397, making him a full brother to Retties Lady Ruth N228 who was breed champion RHS 2016.
Following on in the Aberdeen-Angus catalogue at 7200gns was McCornick Panther U464 from Martin McCornick, Boreland, Newton Stewart. This son of the homebred herd sire McCornick Evade sold to DA Blair & Son, Little Inch, Wormit.
Another from the Retties’ team, Retties Duke U024 (ET) sold for 7000gns. This son of Blelack Duke J262 sold to join the Tulloes herd of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus owned by David S Raeburn, Burnside of Tulloes, Forfar.
Meanwhile, topping the Simmental bulls at 7600gns was Islavale Jammydodger from the Stronach family’s Islavale herd at Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith. This November 2018 born son of Team Cletic sold to Rhys Grenham, Boars Head Farm, Crowborough, Sussex to join his Boars Head Simmental herd.
Another from the same home followed at 6500gns in the form of Islavale Jordi. This October 2018 born son of Corskie Highland sold to JR Rendall, Whitehow, Orkney. A third bull from the same excellent pen was the Ranfurly Confederate son Islavale Javelin, making 6250gns to Islay Estates, Isle of Islay.
The sale leader in the Limousin section at 7250gns was from Jimmy & Donald MacGregor’s Dyke herd at Milton of Campsie. This was Dyke Orlando by Netherhall Gilbert who has already bred two Stirling champions to a top of 13500gns in the past. He sold to D Keay & Son, East Balloch, Kirriemuir.
The next best price of 6500gns was achieved by Ian Nimmo, Bogside, Newmains for his bull Maraiscote Oban. This Rutland Jetset son sold to Ross Farms, Wester Middleton, Gorebridge.
Following on from this, two bulls went on to sell for 6000gns. The first from Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald was Goldies Objective. This Wilodge LJ son is a maternal brother to last February’s supreme champion Goldies Novel and sold to the Scottish Government Bull Stud. Next at the same money was Wedderburn Pele from Jim Hunter, Wedderburn, Huntly. This was for a son of Foxhillfarm Jenson and sold to C McMillan, Ardbeg, Isle of Islay.
Leading the catalogued Charolais at 7200gns was Harestone Oblivion from the Barclay family’s Harestone herd at Banchory. This outstanding bull is by Wesley Equinox and out of a homebred daughter of the 25000gns Inverlochy Ferdie and sold to A Smith, Leys, Tarland.
At 7000gns was Allanfauld Oscar from Archie & John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth. This stylish son of the homebred Allanfauld Lachie, by Goldies Elation and out of a Woodpark Elgin daughter, sold to C Addison, Chapelpark, Ellon.
Next best in the Charolais section was the pen leader from the Campbell family’s Thrunton herd at Alnwick. Selling at 6700gns was Thrunton Oban, a son of the 28000gns Maerdy Jerusalem to Kincraigie Farms, Lumphanan.
Topping the Salers section was Rednock Nevis from Malcolm & Gill Pye, Rednock Estate, Port of Menteith. Selling at 5000gns this cracking son of Rigel Officer sold to Dalhanna Farming Co.
Meanwhile the Beef Shorthorns saw a top call of 4000gns for Monsoon of Upsall from Gerald Turton’s Upsall herd in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. This son of the much-admired Dingo of Upsall sold to A Skene, Cairncross, Brechin.
Other leading prices
6000gns Logie Definition to I Malcolm, Potalloch
6000gns Kilmaluag Life O’Riley to M Riley, Burnley
5500gns Retties Rockstar to D Mills, Powys
5400gns Saville Edward to J Mitchell, Victoria
6000gns Thrunton Oman to Glenkiln Farms
5800gns Thrunton Ontatio to C Thomson, Wester Tulloch
5300gns Alsnow Oak to C Tait, Ordhill
5200gns Lochend Orient to W Hendry, Little Spott
5000gns Westcarse Obe to E Donald, Little Millbrex
5000gns Burnbank Ollymurs to N Hamlet, Cowans
5000gns Thrunton Octavian to Leys Castle
6000gns Islavale Javan to Islay Estates, Isle of Islay
6000gns Islavale Jabba to Springfield Farm, Penicuik
5200gns Corskie Journal to J McLaren, Dargill
4800gns Corskie Joking to J Gordon, Wester Clunie
6000gns Alagils Optimus to SG Bull Stud
5500gns Wedderburn Player to E Norman, Little Orten
5500gns Newhouse Picasso to SG Bull Stud
5200gns Newhouse Pongo to SG Bull Stud
5200gns Newhouse Oasis to SG Bull Stud
4900gns Newhouse Oddjob to AJ MacLean, Heylipol
4900gns Alagils Opico to SG Bull Stud
3500gns Rednock Narnia to I Malcolm, Cromlix
3000gns Rednock Nick to A Fletcher, Ardlussa
3000gns Coxhill Marshall to W Perratt, South Cathkin
29 Aberdeen-Angus £4842.67 +£36.67
21 Simmental £4814.15 +£375.15
40 Limousin £4451.97 -£22.03
23 Charolais £5176.29 -£649.71
3 Salers £4025 -£55
5 Beef Shorthorn £3030.50 -£172.50