The Clyde and Central young farmers’ calf rally, held at Caledonian Marts, Stirling, was a great success, attracting a top price of £3600, with the 30 heifers forward averaging 331p per kg, £1640, and the 14 bullocks levelling at 238p, £1201.

The top call of £3600 was paid for a 515kg Limousin cross heifer from Dexter Logan, Greenhead, Alva. Named Alba, it was bred by Gordon Cameron at Acharacle, and bought out of Thainstone. She sold to Ian Miller.

The championship honours went to Stephanie Dick of Westerton, Cowie, with Superstitious, a 535kg heifer, bred by Andrew McNee of Armadale, by a black Limousin bull. Scott Watson was the buyer at £2000.

Judge, Martin Wilkinson of Fleetgrove, Lincolnshire, awarded the reserve championship to Andrew Weir. His Limousin cross bullock was bred by A and I Laird, Cairncurran, and sold at £1200 to R Paterson and Son, Low Three Mark, Stranraer.

Champion Charolais was John and James Graham’s heifer, That’s My Style. Bred by the RSPB on Islay and sired by Lochend Mowgli, it weighed in at 500kg and sold at £2600 to Mark Robertson, Easter Fodderletter.

Stuart Rankin of Badenheath, Cumbernauld, won the hogg championship. His pair weighed 37kg and fetched£100, 270p per kg, to the judge, Stuart Stark of Bluebell, Milton of Campsie.

The reserve pair came from Cameron Jackson and Suzie Dunn, Woodyett. Weighing 40.5kg, they sold at £99, 244p per kg also to the judge. Overall the 92 hoggs averaged 192p per kg.

Rebecca and Amy Bryce had the champion in the new pedigree lamb class. Their winner was a home-bred Suffolk ewe lamb. This class didn’t go through the sale ring.

In the open show, the championship went to Brian Harper, Greenwells, with a Limousin cross heifer weighing 420kg and selling to £2100 to J Fawcett, Wigton.

The reserve honours went to Iain Lammie, Longhouse, Cumnock, with a 540kg Charolais bullock, which realised £1250 to Scott Watson.

LEADING awards:

Bullocks – Born January 1, to March 13, 2018 – 1, reserve champion and best opposite sex, A Weir, Castlecary, 490kg, £1200; 2, T Telfer; 3, J and J Graham, Mains of Burnbank, 575kg, £1300. March 21 to April 3 – 1, M Kay, Parkside, 535kg, £1300; 2, B Brewster, Broom, 545kg, £1200; 3, B Brewster, Broom, 535kg, £1180. Home-bred born after January 1, 2018 – 1, B McKechnie, France, 445kg, £1500; 2, C Findlay, Pirnhall, 545kg, £1120. Unhaltered – 1, J Pirie, Ardgate, 490kg, £1180; 2, C Rettie, Greenyards, 475kg, £1120; 3, H MacKinnon, Braeside, 455kg, £1050.

Heifers – Born January 1 to February 5, 2018 – 1, F McNicol, Strathview, 500kg, £1700; 2, D Wright, Woodend, 555kg, £1700; 3, J Pirie, Ardgate, 475kg, £1600. February 10 to March 10 – 1, A McLean, Heylipol, Tiree, 565kg, £2400; 2, J Kinnear, Bannockburn, 465kg, £1300; 3, S Dick, Mains of Throsk. March 11 – March 20 – 1, A Weir, Castlecary, 455kg, £1500; 2, D Logan, Greenhead, 515kg, £3600 to Miller Farms; 3, R Johnston, North Medrox, 480kg, £1120. March 24 – April 22 – 1 and champion, S Dick, Mains of Throsk, 535kg, £2000; 2 and reserve Charolais, S Taylor, Bannockburn, 500kg, £1140; 3, H MacKinnon, Braeside, 510kg, £3000. April 30 to May 14 – 1, J and J Graham, Mains of Burnbank, 500kg, £2600; 2 and best British Blue, K and A Morton, Lochend, 455kg, £2400; 3, D Steel, Broughmore, 470kg, £1200. Home-bred heifer born after January 1, 2018 – 1, C Findlay, Pirnhall, 460kg, £1080; 2, A McLean, Heylipol, 440kg, £1220; 3, H MacKinnon, Braeside, 530kg, £1200. Unhaltered – 1, C Rettie, Greenyards, 475kg, £1180.

OTHERleading prices:

Hoggs – Per kg – 235p J Urquhart, Pirnhall; 221p C Jackson and S Dunn, Woodyett; 216p G Black, Norrieston; 215p J Graham, Mains of Burnbank; 214p D Logan, Greenhead and K Dick, Drum of Kinnaird. Per head – £102 C McRae, Buchan Drive and G Black, Norrieston; £99 C McRae, Buchan Drive; £98 C McRae, Buchan Drive and K Harrower, Craigievern; £97 C McRae, Buchan Drive and J Duncan, Lands of Drumhead; £96 C McRae, Buchan Drive.