PEDIGREE bulls met a solid trade at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ sale held alongside the Royal Northern Spring Show on Wednesday, when 46 of the 59 bulls forward found new homes, producing a 78% clearance.

While the Beast from the East well and truly descended upon Thainstone, Simmentals produced the best average of £6615 for 9 sold and set a new centre record for the breed when the Simmental champion, Blackford Hero from the MacPherson family – Billy and Judy, their daughter Anne and her husband Raymond from Blackford, Croy, near Inverness - sold for 13,000gns

Living up to his name, Hero is by Kilbride Farm Double Action, a bull the MacPhersons purchased for 18,000gns at Stirling in 2013 and out of one of the herd’s best cows, the 16,000gns Hockenhull Waterloo-sired, Blackford Bunty 2. A full brother of the 9000gns Blackford Federal, this March 2016-born sold to Northern Ireland with Gavin Hayes of the Haystar herd at Lakeview, Upper Ballinderry.

Simmentals also hit 8000gns and 6000gns twice. Dearest here was the 19-month-old Corskie Heck from the Green family at Corskie, Garmouth when sold to Elsick Estate. By the 45,000gns breed record-holder, Bel Dhu Capercaillie, he is out of the Islavale Sabre-sired, Corskie Deana. First to sell for 6000gns was Gerald and Morag Smith’s Drumsleed Herod, a 23-month-old bull from Drumsleed, Fordoun, Laurencekirk. By Ravensdale Chopper, out of Drumsleed Bubbles, he sold to IW Hall, Home Farm, Rothienorman. Matching that price was Tillyeve Homer from the Bruce family’s Tillyeve herd based at Udny, Ellon. A son of the 6000gns Woodhall Ellison, this 23-month-old is out of Tillyeve Aurora.

Among the 11 Charolais bulls which cashed in to average £6252, they produced the second lead price at 8200gns for the 22-month-old, Auchincrieve Montreal from Charles McCombie and family’s 20-cow herd at Rothiemay, Huntly. A son of Olrig Highwayman bought for 5000gns at Stirling, he is bred from Auchincrieve Fiona and sold to E Innes and Son, Deskie Farm, Glenlivet. Two other sons of Olrig Highwayman made 6200gns and 5800gns respectively. Dearest here was Auchincreieve McLovin, a 21-month-old out of Harviestoun Golddust which sold to Haddo House, Mains of Haddo, Tarves, Ellon. This was Auchincrieve McLovin, a 21-month-old son of Harvieston Golddust. The other, Auchincrieve Maximus, is a March 2016-born bred out of Blelack Thelma and sold to Caithness with AAY, Hoy, Castletown, Thurso.

The Scottish Farmer:

Auchincrieve Montreal sold for 8200gns

Two other Charolais bulls sold with an 8000gns price tag to include Jock Wilson’s Charolais champion, the 22-month-old Kinclune Marco from his Kinclune herd at Glenkindie, near Alford. Bred from the Maerdy Boom-sired Kinclune Gemma, he is by Beechtree George, a son of Grentnahouse Archangel.

Father and son team, Neil and Mark Wattie who run seven Charolais females alongside their Aberdeen-Angus herd at Mains of Tonley, Alford, also enjoyed a good day when they matched this price with Tonley Mahez, an ET son of Blelack Forbes which has bred sons to 14,000gns. Out of Blelack Glamarous which is a half sister to Blelack Digger, Mahez heads to Dunecht with C Smith, Broomhill Farm.

The best from Graham Leggat’s Bonnykelly herd at Mormond Prop, New Pitsligo, hit 5800gns. This was Bonnykelly Mark, a May 2016-born son of Gretnahouse Ivory, out of Bonnykelly Freda. Buyer here was M and I Steel, Wicker Inn Farm, Banchory.

Top price in the Limousins at 6500gns was the overall champion, Emslies Messi, a March 2016-born bull from Harry and Lynwen Emslie, Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead. Backed fully by home-bred genetics, he is the first son of the Emslies Colossus-sired, Elmslies Gladitor, out of Emslies Ingrid.

The Scottish Farmer:

Emslies Messi sold for 6500gns

Aberdeen-Aberdeen bulls peaked at 5200gns for the champion, Tonley Kane, a June 2016-born son of SRV Hedebo Knobel which sold to J Riddell and Co, Nether Coullie, Kemnay, while Salers bulls reached 4000gns for the reserve champion, Rigel Lancia Poll from Rigel Pedigree, Leven Fields, Middleton on Leven, Yarm. He was snapped up by D Swanson, Clatequoy, Thurso.

The Scottish Farmer:

Selling for 5200gns was Tonley Kane