Females, however, were good to sell, with the top price of the day being paid for an in-calf heifer and averages rising for both in-calf and bulling heifers.
Selling for the top price of 6000gns was Cumbrian Volute 496 from Brian Walling of Farmstock Genetics based at Over Whitlaw, Selkirk. This two-year-old is by the imported French sire Vaillant which was champion at Paris, the Royal and the Great Yorkshire Show. Having stood second in her class and then taking the reserve female championship at the pre-sale show, this one is out of Fisher Volute 0403 and sold having been AI'd to Cumbrian Joker for 6000gns on the telephone to James Morton and Son of Kaeside, Melrose.
Amongst the bulls, two shared the top price of 4800gns. The first was one from Aberdeenshire-based David Watson of Darnford, Durris, Banchory. His Darnford Dynamite, a March 2011-born bull by Chapelpark Ali and out of the Precieux daughter, Drumlegagh Bea, was knocked down to John Howatson of The Risk, Newton Stewart.
Sharing the 4800gns price tag was the March 2011-born Cleuchhead Archer from Rob and Kath Livesey. Archer is by Poldean Vince, a previous Highland Show breed champion, and out of the Beeston Hall Nero-sired Cleuchhead Gentle 8th, a class winner at this year's Highland Show. He sold to Orkney buyer, WR Baillie, Biggings, having been used on the Cleuchhead herd this year and leaving 12 females in calf.
See this week's issue of The Scottish farmer for full report and pictures, out November 10.