All eyes were on the Charolais ring at the recent Stirling bull sales which saw 80 entries attract an average of £7085.
Hitting the headlines at a whopping 50,000 guineas was the Junior and Reserve Supreme Champion “Balthayock Justice” bred by Major Walter, Perth and brought out by his husband and wife herd managers Davie and Tracy Nichol.
Not only did this bull look the part, but he had the best figures in the catalogue TI +84 SRI + 80 which placed him firmly in the top 1% of the breed ensuring that he offered the full package.
Bidding was brisk for this 17 month old son of the homebred Balthayock Ferdinand, with the hammer falling at 50,000 guineas to local breeders Gilbert Crawford, Maghera and Joe Wilson, Newry.
Gilbert Crawford commented: “We selected this young bull for his breeding and style, and have followed his progress during the show season where he has fared well for the Balthayock team.
“His dam is one of the most highly regarded within a high performing herd, and is still producing quality progeny at 16 years of age. We look forward to what Justice will bring to the Coolnaslee and Ballinlare herds.”
Recouping some of his expenditure at the sale Mr Crawford sold Deeleview Jonathan for 10,000 guineas. This red ticket winner sired by Blelack Digger was purchased in 2014 at foot of his dam at the dispersal sale of Ian Maxwell’s Deeleview herd.