The society, in association with the Wallets Marts, staged their first annual spring sale of Salers Cattle at Castle Douglas. A good ringside of breed enthusiasts were forward from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. Commercial cattle sold well whilst pedigree bulls were a more selective trade.

Topping the sale at 7000gns was Whitebog Fury from Mr A McKenzie, Whitebog, Fortrose. This March 2010-born bull is out of the French import Bijou. His dam, Whitebog Winnie, is now 18 years old and is currently rearing her 16th calf. Buyers were Rob and Kath Livesey, Firth Farm, Melrose.

Next up at 4600gns was Seawell Fitzpatrick, a February 2010-born bull, consigned by PM and SM Donger, Seawell Grounds, Foxley, Towcester. This Trafalgar sired son was purchased by Messrs Maginn, Northern Ireland.

Messrs McKenzie, Whitebog, Fortrose sold their first pedigree female in the shape of Whitebog Gina. This March 2011 born Heifer made 2400gns to Garpel Farms, Cumnock.

In the commercial section a grand run of ten two year old heifers with calves at foot from R and K Livesey, Firth farm, Melrose topped at £2250 selling to Alex Wright, Pinmore Mains.

Bulling heifers topped at £1050 from Poldean whilst yearling heifers from Mains of Penninghame topped their section at £1000.

Averages: Six bulls £4305, one heifer £2520, 10 heifers with calves at foot £1945, 29 maiden heifers £838.28.

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