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.

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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.

Darnford Evita - 4000gns

Darnford Evita – 4000gns

Male Champion of the show was Whitebog Hercules who went on to take Overall Champion and sold for 4200gns to Messrs Aitken, Carlopshill.

Whitebog Hercules - 4200gns

Whitebog Hercules – 4200gns

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.

Harestone General - 6000gns

Harestone General – 6000gns

Darnford Earl also hit the high notes for David Watson selling for 6000gns to Messrs A McConchie, Mains of Penninghame.

Darnford Earl - 6000gns

Darnford Earl – 6000gns

Top priced pedigree female was Cuil Eleanor from Graham and Colin McClymont, Cuil Palnue, which made 4400gns to Alan Howatson, Risk, Newton Stewart.

Cuil Eleanor - 4000gns

Cuil Eleanor – 4400gns

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.

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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

Silver Salver

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

McClymont Cup

Overall Female Champion – Darnford Evita

Overall Reserve Champion Female – Cuil Fiona

Salers Shield

Champion Senior Male – Harestone General, N Barclay, Banchory

Reserve Champion Senior Male – Darnford Earl, D Watson, Banchory

Fisher Trophy

Champion Junior Male – Whitebog Hercules, A McKenzie, Fortrose

Reserve Champion Junior Male – Whitebog Homer, A McKenzie, Fortrose

Cuil Cup

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

Tullyneddie Trophy

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