Highland Cattle Society annual autumn sale

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The Highland Cattle Society Autumn Sale of Pedigree Cattle took place on Monday October 12 at Oban Livestock Centre.

The market was a lot quieter than normal due to current Covid-19 restrictions, with only vendors and buyers allowed to attend. Despite the difficulties the sale went well with most lots sold, including a run of unhaltered older cows to 1400 gns. Both vendors and buyers went home happy with their day.

Sale leader at 3400gns was Nighean Ruadh of Shellachan, from Mr D Buchanan, Shenavallie and bred by Lt. Col Colin Stewart Winter.
Bred out of Proiseag 3rd of Stair by Neil Ruadh of Shenavallie she is in calf to Geason Dubh of Shenavllie, and heads to Fintry, Glasgow to Euan MacMillan, Lurg & Townhead Farms.

Lady Jane White 3rd of Cladich made 3,000gns for Queenie and Jon Strickland and stockman Stuart Campbell. Lady Jane will remain in Argyll, moving to her new home at Keils near Tayvallich in Argyll with a highland fold being back at Keills. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

Next best at 3000gns was a young heifer calve from Mrs Jon H Strickland’s Cladich fold. This was Lady Jane White 3rd of Cladich. By Dochie 1st of Gartocharn – out of Lady Jane White of Cladich.

Tom Nelson’s Glengorm fold from Mull, reached 2700gns for the three-year-old heifer Barabel Ban Flath 22nd of Glengorm. By Craigowl 7th of Glamis Castle, out of Ailsa 1st of Glengorm, she was sold in-calf to Philip of Richmondhill, when knocked down to N & M McLellan.

AJ Ewing then paid 2200gns for three-year-old heifer Hannah of Rannoch, from Donald & Malcolm MacNaughton, Kelty, Fife. Her sire is a previous reserve champion overall at Oban bull sales who was sold to Germany for £6,000. She is in calf to MacSaul of Balmoral.

Demi 6th of Cladich, from Mrs Jon H Strickland’s Cladich Fold was sold for 2000gns to N & M McLellan, Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay along with two straws of semen from K2 of Cladich, who was the male champion at the Highland Cattle Society Bull Sales in February 2020, a rare opportunity indeed.

Society President Sir Jim Paice said: ‘Given that we had to abandon the usual show the sale was well worthwhile and proves that there is a good demand for good Highland cattle.’