ABERDEEN Angus trade peaked at 18,000gns on the first day of the spring bull sales, hosted by United Auctions at Stirling Agricultural Centre.
Despite five bulls selling for five-figure price tags, trade was somewhat lack lustre and following the day’s trading the auctioneers reported a 60% clearance, with 103 bulls selling to level at £5,182 – down £102 on the same period last year when 144 lots averaged £5,080 in a 74% clearance.
Leading the day’s trade at 18,000gns was café owner, Neil Massie Jnr from Tarland in Aberdeenshire, who brought out the April 2011 born Morven Kyle L743. He caught the eye of judge Angus Stovold, Godalming, Surrey, to secure the intermediate and reserve supreme championship awards.
Sired by the Netherallan Peter Pershore son, Blelack Evolution, he is bred from Kincarie Kylie G031 – one of three breeding females in Mr Massie’s herd. He is in the breed’s top 5% with a Breedplan milk value of +15, and has a terminal sire index of +49 and a self replacing index of +59. This one joins the noted Idvies pedigree herd owned by Alastair and Graeme Fraser based at Forfar.
Keeping it in the family, Mr Massie’s father Neil, and brother Graeme, from Dinnet, Aboyne, secured three five-figure price tags, and sold eight bulls from their noted Blelack prefix to average £8,058 per head.
Leading the Blelack line-up at 11,000gns was the second prize winning Blelack Lord Handsome L739, which caught the eye of pedigree breeders Jonathan and Lisa Doyle, who run the Drumhill herd based at Cookstown in CountyTyrone.
Born in May 2011, he is by the Netherallan Peter Pershore son, Blelack Equity J127, and is bred from the Blelack Lord Hornblower A243 daughter, Blelack Lady Heather E169. He has an eye muscle area of +4.3, a milk value of +14, a TSI+32 and an SRI+33.
Blelack Equity J127 was also behind the breeding of the first prize winning Blelack Justin Eric L772 TSI+44 SRI+53 which came under the hammer at 11,000gns. This August 2011 born entry was bred from the Blelack Black Gold C717 daughter, Blelack Jury Erica G783. He is in the breed’s top 5% for eye muscle +5.3 and milk +15. Buyers were Messrs Sinclair and Co, Unigarth, Sandwick, Orkney.
The unplaced Blelack Jupiter Eric L707 TSI+47 SRI+59 sold at 10,000gns. Born in April 2011, he is by the Ankonian Elixir 100 son, Netherallan Peter Pershore E052, and is bred from 5,500gns Blelack Jubilee Erica F442. He is +16 for milk and has an eye muscle area of +5.7. This one joins David Walker’s noted Galcantray Herd based at Cawdor in Nairn.
Also selling at 10,000gns was the senior champion Belhaven Dryburgh Abbey L344 bred by Messrs Gilmour Ltd, Penston, East Lothian. This March 2011 born entry is a son of Netherallan Peter Pershore E052, bred from the Muirhall Double Edition E018 daughter, Belhaven Delia J125.
Three lots came under the hammer at 9,000gns each; while the junior and supreme overall champion, Shadwell Excalibur L552 TSI+46 SRI+59 changed hands at 7,000gns. This September 2011 born entry is also by Netherallan Peter Pershore E052, and bred from Shadwell Evora J443 – one of 80 pedigree cows at the Suffolk-based Shadwell Estate which is owned by Sheik Hamdan al Maktoun. He is +16 for milk, and has an eye muscle area of +4.3. Buyers were Messrs Walker, Sauchenbush, Echt, Aberdeenshire.
Netherallan Peter Pershore bloodlines dominated trade at the Scottish Sale Centre. Another son, Thurnton Rocket L282 TSI+45 SRI+64 from the Campbell family, Alnwick, Northumberland, sold at 7,000gns to Robin Boyd who was bidding on behalf of AI Services (NI) Ltd. This June 2011 born entry was bred from Lakewood Rhapsody Z001. He is +12 for milk, in the breed’s top 5% for eye muscle +5.3, and top 15% for daughter calving ease +2.8.
A single NI-bred Aberdeen Angus entry from James Porter’s herd at Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn, sold for 3,900gns. The second prize winning Old Glenort Lloyd L085 TSI+30 SRI+35 was born in April 2011, and is by the home-bred Old Glenort Ennis – a son of the 2009 Balmoral Show champion, The Moss Mr Eshton D409. Buyer was Mr Baxter from Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire.
Aberdeen Angus females peaked at 16,000gns, paid to John Elliott, Kelso, Roxburghshire, for the March 2008 born Rawburn Ellen Erica H800 ET. Sired by Da Es Ro Twister O627, she is out of the Canadian Cudlobe Ellen Erica 46D – a female line which has had a tremendous impact on the Rawburn herd. Due in March to Rawburn Elysium, she joins Marsden Farms based at Penistone, South Yorkshire.
Marsden Farms also paid out 8,200gns to secure the female champion, Belhaven Eye Catcher L345, from Messrs Gilmour and Co. Born in April 2011, she is by Rawburn Elysium F547, and is out of the KMK Alliance daughter, Belhaven Eye Candy J189.
Clive and Joel Richardson who run the Annaghmore herd based at Portadown, County Armagh, paid out 5,000gns to secure the March 2006 born Rawburn Mist Princess F556. Sired by the noted Ankonian Elixir 100, she is by the Rawburn Eric Z424 daughter, Rawburn Mist Princess B136. This one is in-calf to Rawburn Edge, and was accompanied by her March 2012 born heifer calf.
Also joining the Annaghmore herd at 2,200gns is Belhaven Eleanor Elba L348. This March 2011 born heifer is by Young Dale Touch Down 36M, and is out of Young Dale Elba 18L ET. She is a full sister to the All-Ireland champion Fulham Elba D147.
Dublin accountant Des Donegan paid out 2,800gns to secure Old Glenort Ella L107, an April 2011 born Barbi of Skaill daughter, consigned by James Porter, Upper Ballinderry. She is bred from Old Glenort Ella H711 – second prize yearling heifer at Balmoral Show in 2009.
Mr Donegan secured a total 15 females for his Galway-based Doon House herd.