Wednesday 9 February 2022

On his debut into the sale ring with a Hereford, Dumfriesshire-based Ewan Burgess topped the trade at Stirling at 6,200gns.

Returning to the ring at Stirling after a number of years, the Hereford section saw six bulls selling to an average of £4,322.50, clearing at 86 per cent, with just one animal not finding a home.

Criffel 1 Thor from E Burgess

The top call of the day at 6,200gns was made for Criffel 1 Thor from Ewan Burgess, New Abbey, Dumfriesshire which also stood champion in the pre-sale show judged by Liam Muir, Orkney. May 2020-born, it is by Australian AI sire Wirruna Katnook K74 and out of Moorside 1 Jane 8th which was purchased at the 2018 Designer Genes sale for 4,000gns, being a Romany 1 Lawbreaker daughter. The first bull to be sold at public auction from the new breeder, it travels to Perthshire with a great set of figures to Iain Wilkinson of Redstroke Herefords to be used on both commercial and pedigree females.

With bidders and the judge in agreement, the reserve champion was next in the money. Baldinnie 1 Digger from JA Cameron and son, Balbuthie, Fife realised 4,500gns, selling to E Innes and sons, Glenlivet, Moray. March 2020-born, it is by stock bull Solpoll 1 National, a son of Solpoll 1 Dynamite and out of Baldinnie Dom Lass 21st.

Baldinnie 1 Digger

Saltire 1 Vinnie from Willie and Pauline Wason, Kinglassie, Fife realised 4,000gns, purchased by the Roberts family, Dunfermline, Fife. Having been seen out on the calf show circuit last year, it stood reserve senior and senior male champion at Stars of the Future and reserve senior male champion at Agri Expo. A Normaton 1 Laertes son, it is out of Baldinnie 1 Cathy 40th and sold at 16 months of age.

Also changing hands at 4,000gns was Harveybros 1 Vuitton from Balfron-based father and daughter team, George and Sophie Harvey. Born in December 2020, it is by Wirruna Matty M288 and from the family’s renowned Crocus line. It sold to Dougie Hogarth, Saltcoats, Ayrshire to use in his herd of Montbeliardes.

Travelling with its stablemate to the same home and selling at 3,500gns was Harveybros 1 Valentino, another Matty son. Going through the ring at 16 months of age, its dam is a Laertes daughter.

First bull sold was another from JA Cameron and son, Baldinnie 1 Rebel, which was purchased by the Scottish Government for use in its Crofting Cattle Improvement Scheme as bull hire for 2,500gns. Born in March 2020, it is again a son of Solpoll 1 National.

Two heifers were forward in the female section, both from JA Cameron and son. Baldinnie 1 Dainty 8th by Wirruna Justin J13 sold at 1,800gns while herd mate Baldinnie 1 Ruth 60th, a Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider daughter sold for 2,400gns. Both were purchased by JJ Patterson, Oxton, Scottish Borders.

Auctioneers: United Auctions

Averages: six bulls, £4,322.50; two females, £2,205

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