Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Limited in association with the Salers Cattle Society staged the 25th Annual Show and Sale of Pedigree and Commercial Cattle at Castle Douglas on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November 2016.

The Show, kindly sponsored by Farmer Guardian, drew a vast audience of breeders and enthusiasts from throughout the country. Judging the event this year was Mr Murray Lyle who runs the Strathallan herd of Salers as well as the Logenbar herd of Charolais cattle in Dunblane. He found his overall champion in Lot 42, Cleuchhead Kingpin from R & K Livesey of Melrose. This March 2015 born bull was also Male Champion and Junior Male Champion and went on to smash UK breed record price when he sold for 11,000 guineas to AJ & C Colgen, Lowick Hall Farm, Lowick, Berwick upon Tweed.


Salers new record at 11,000gns – Cleuchhead Kingpin – R & K Livesey

Female Champion came in the form of Cumbrian Camella, a May 2014 In-Calf heifer from Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk which sold for 2,500 guineas to WN & I Douglas Catslackburn, Yarrow. Pedigree Heifers topped at 4000 guineas for Cuil Kylie, a January 2015 in calf heifer from Colin McClymont which sold to F C Robinson, Highfields, Shropshire.

The commercial section also drew great interest once again and with numbers being well short of buyer’s requirements, trade was buoyant throughout. The champion pen in this section was awarded to first time seller Mr A R Lee, Lumbylaw, Edingham, Alnwick for a pen of six Salers X South Devon bulling heifers which made £1,880 to Neil Barclay, Harestones, Insch, Abderdeenshire. Reserve Champion Pen came from Rusko Farms whose pen of five made £1,400 to Mr Anderson, Strocherie, Banff. A feature of the sale was the annual consignment of 52 Salers X heifers from Messrs McClymont, Cuil which topped at £1,600 for two pen of five and averaged £1,393.46.

Overall Sale Averages

13 Pedigree Bulls £4,762.69 + £608.63

15 Pedigree in-calf heifers £2,653 + £ 80.50

7 Pedigree Bulling Heifers £1,845 – £ 18.75

136 Commercial Heifers £1,268.46 + £ 89.26