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Luings in demand at Castle Douglas

Overall averages held up well despite a near record entry of 251 head, at last week's sale of Luing cattle at Castle Douglas, where bulls sold to 10,000gns and heifers peaked at 2400gns.

Making 10,000gns was Commonside Nick
Making 10,000gns was Commonside Nick

Making the top money was the sole entry from first time consignor, Kirsty Dunlop of the Commonside herd, Hawick. Mrs Dunlop's rising two-year-old, Commonside Nick, brought out by cattleman, Watson Pringle, is a red polled son of Commonside Kintyre and out of the Clunie F3 daughter, Craigdarroch J15. Nick was knocked down at 10,000gns in a two-way split between Rory Cameron, Monzie, Blair Atholl, and Bob Moffat, Wooplaw, Galashiels.

Next, at 9500gns, was the last bull through the ring, Benhar Nevis from the McNee Family, of Woodend, Armadale. Another red polled bull, this 20-month-old bull is by the 5000gns Benhar Kite and out of Benhar Bracklinn. Angus McCall, Culmaily, Golspie, snapped up the youngster.

The younger generation of the McNee family, Robert and his wife Hazel, who farm at Over Finlarg, Tealing, Dundee, were also in the money, when they sold their Finlarg Nimrod for 9000gns to Willie Graham, Craigdarroch, Sanquhar. First time consignors in their own right, their Nimrod, another red poll bull, is a son of Benhar Klassik and out of the Merkland Compo-sired Benhar Beauty G414.

The Cadzow Brothers, from Luing, received 8200gns for Luing Norton, a rising two-year-old polled roan bull and the first son of Luing Joker to be sold. Norton is out of Luing Ballycastle, one of the milkiest polled lines in the herd, and sold to Kirsty Dunlop, Commonside.

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