Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Limited staged the 22nd Annual Premier Show and Sale of Pedigree and Commercial Salers Cattle under the auspices of the Salers Cattle Society.
In general, trade for both pedigree and commercial females greatly exceeded expectations, whilst bulls met with a limited demand resulting in very selective bidding.
At the Friday’s show, judge Gerald Smith, Drumsleed, found his female champion in the form of the senior heifer Darnford Evita from David Watson,Banchory. Evita is by the French sire Vaillante and out of Cuil Beauty, she is five months in-calf to Darnford Elton. She went on to sell for 4000gns to J Innes and Sons, Dunscroft, Huntly.
Male Champion of the show was Whitebog Hercules who went on to take Overall Champion and sold for 4200gns to Messrs Aitken, Carlopshill.
Reserve overall champion and reserve male champion was Harestone General from Neil Barclay, Crathes, Banchory. General went on to sell for joint top price of 6000gns to Garpel Farms, Cumnock.
Darnford Earl also hit the high notes for David Watson selling for 6000gns to Messrs A McConchie, Mains of Penninghame.
Top priced pedigree female was Cuil Eleanor from Graham and Colin McClymont, Cuil Palnue, which made 4400gns to Alan Howatson, Risk, Newton Stewart.
With a host of buyers forward from both the North of Scotland and Wales; the trade for the commercial section can only be described as electric. A pair of Salers cross in-calf heifers from Mains of Pennighame topped their section at £2250. This was followed at £1700 for a pen of three in-calf heifers from Stanbury Manor, Cornwall.
Champion pen of commerical heifers came from Cuil, with four bulling heifers which sold for £1700 to Messrs Guild Jones, Rhayader.
Topping the yearling heifers and heifer stirk section at £1650 was a pen of six from Mains of Penninghame selling to Alex and Jonathan Wright, Pinmore Mains, Girvan.
Pedigree cattle averages: eight in-calf heifers £2862, five bulling heifers £3381, 13 bulls £4361.
Commercial cattle averages: 12 in-calf heifers £1683.33, 86 bulling heifers £1218.37, 95 Yearling Heifers averaged £1277.89.
Pre-Sale Show Results
Class 1 Senior Female
1st Darnford Evita, D Watson, Banchory
2nd Cumbrian Rouge 553, Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk
3rd Cuil Eleanor, G and C McClymont, Newton Stewart
Class 2 Junior Female
1st Cuil Fiona, G and C McClymont, Newton Stewart
2nd Cuil Floss, G and C McClymont, Newton Stewart
3rd Rigel Oyster, Messrs Pye, Yarm, N Yorks
Class 3 Junior Female
1st Cleuchhead Hope 16th, R and K Livesey, Melrose
2nd Cleuchhead Corolle 14th, R and K Livesey, Melrose
Class 4 – Not Shown
Class 5 Senior Male
1st Harestone General. N Barclay, Banchory
2nd Beeston Hall Egor, S and R Hallos, Halifax, W Yorks
3rd Rigel Churchill, Messrs Pye, Yarm, N Yorks
4th Poldean Donk, Messrs Davidson, Moffat
Class 6 Senior Male
1st Darmford Earl, D Watson, Banchory
2nd Seawell Highlight, P and S Donger, Towcester, Northants
3rd Seawell Hallmark, P and S Donger, Towcester, Northants
4th Darnford Elite, D Watson, Banchory
Class 7 Junior Male
1st Whitebog Hercules, A Mckenzie, Fortrose
2nd Whitebog Homer, A Mckenzie, Fortrose
3rd Whitebog henry, A McKenzie, Fortrose
4th Traboyack Optimus, J Wright, Grivan
Class 8 Junior Male
1st Cleuchhead Billy, R and K Livesey, Melrose
2nd Cumbrian Jokit (Poll), Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk
3rd Chapelpark Grant, J Pirie, Kingussie
4th Poldean Elton, Messrs. Davidson, Moffat
Champion Senior Female – Darnford Evita, D Watson, Banchory
Reserve Champion Senior Female – Cumbrian Rouge 553, Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk
Maxwell Smith Cup
Champion Junior Female – Cuil Fiona, G and C McClymont, Newton Stewart
Reserve Champion Junior Female – Cleuchhead Hope 16th, R and K Livesey, Melrose
Overall Female Champion – Darnford Evita
Overall Reserve Champion Female – Cuil Fiona
Champion Senior Male – Harestone General, N Barclay, Banchory
Reserve Champion Senior Male – Darnford Earl, D Watson, Banchory
Champion Junior Male – Whitebog Hercules, A McKenzie, Fortrose
Reserve Champion Junior Male – Whitebog Homer, A McKenzie, Fortrose
Overall Male Champion – Whitebog Hercules, A McKenzie, Fortrose
Overall Reserve Male Champion – Harestone General, N Barclay, Banchory
Jack Boyes Trophy
Show Champion – Whitebog Hercules, A McKenzie, Fortrose
Show Reserve Champion – Harestone General, N Barclay, Banchory
Highest Placed Polled Animal – Cumbrian Jokit (Poll), Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk
Willie Davidson Memorial Trophy, presented by Davidson Bros. Shott
Best Pen of Commercial Cattle – G and C McClymont, Cuil, Newton Stewart
Reserve Pen of Commercial Cattle – Messrs. Davidson, Poldean, Moffat