In all, the 174 bulls levelled at £6948, down £600 on last year's sale which witnessed 34 prices at 10,000gns and above and a record breaking average of £7653 for 168 head.
And it was the senior champion and supreme overall from the Milne family – Roy and Kirsty and sons James, Matthew and Sam, who own the 50-cow pedigree Elgin herd at Kennieshillock, Lhanbryde, Elgin – that sold for the top price of 28,000gns. Their show stopper Elgin Glenlivet was unbeaten in his class having stood first at the Highland last year and beef breeder champion. A rising two-year-old that also won the Scottish championship at Keith Show last year, Glenlivet is by the home-bred Harestone Tyrol son, Elgin Davinci, that sold privately for £20,000, and has since bred sons to 14,000gns. The dam, Corrie Debbie – a Harestone Tadorne daughter and one of 50 pedigree Charolais cows in the herd which run alongside a 100 cow commercial unit – was bought at the Corrie dispersal for 4800gns. Forking out the cash for this 22-month-old bull with a calving EBV of +0.5 were three noted pedigree breeders – David Walter, Balthayock, Perth, who also enjoyed a bumper trade; Bill Bruce, Balmyle, Perth; and Drew and Bob Adam, Newhouse of Glamis, Glamis.
Bulls from Chris Curry's 30-cow pedigree herd at Low Burradon, Thropton, Morpeth, proved extremely popular, with his entry of three, all by the 12,000gns Gwenog Banjo, cashing in at £20,650 per head. The trio, which won the award for the reserve group, saw the dearest, Burradon Garibaldi, make 26,000gns in a two-way split to the Campbell family, Thrunton, Alnwick, Northumberland, and Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Insch, Aberdeenshire. Placed first in his class at the pre-sale show, this 19-month-old bull is out of the 13-year-old Killadeas Jack daughter, Burradon Peach.
A string of bulls from Esmor Evans' Maerdy herd from Monfa, Mold, peaked at 20,000gns for Maerdy Grenadier, the junior inter-breed champion and reserve overall inter-breed champion at last year's Royal Welsh Show. Backed by home-bred genetics on both sides, this 20-month-old bull stood first in his class and is by the Vald'or-Ra son, Maerdy Dynamite and out of the Maerdy Naser daughter, Maerdy Damson. He sold for pedigree use to Balthayock and Jim Muirhead, Firhills, Arbroath.