Charolais bulls from Graeme and Mark Leggat's Bonnykelly herd proved the star attraction at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' multi-breed show and sale at Thainstone, on Tuesday, securing the top two prices at 5200gns and 5000gns.

The two bulls, Bonnykelly National and Bonnykelly Narrator, from the herd based at Mormond Prop, are both by Gretnahouse Ivory, a bull bought for 10,000gns at Carlisle where he stood reserve intermediate champion that has since bred sons to 9500gns. National, a 22-month-old entry that stood third at the pre-sale show, is bred from the Goldies Bulldozer daughter, Bonnykelly Eleanor, and sold for 5200gns to Michael Still, Denhead of Muiresk, Turriff.

Salers breeders, Ian and Jamie McIntyre, Milton of Cullerlie, Echt, bought the 5000gns Bonnykelly Narrator, bred from the Newhouse Challenger-sired dam, Bonnykelly Frisky.

Next best amongst the Charolais, was a 4000gns call for the breed champion, Glenarnan Naughtyboy, an Elgin Jagger son, from Billy Milne, Ernan, Waterside, Strathdon. He headed home with Liam Muir, Upper Onston, Stenness, Orkney.

Cross-bred bulls were also in demand, with a black British Blue cross Limousin from Ian Thomson, Middleton of Potterton, Aberdeen, selling for £5200 to Messrs Tullo, Laurencekirk. This massive 3.5-year-old bull which scaled in excess of 1200kg had been used at home and is by Tweeddale Guinness, out of a black pedigree Limousin bought from Bob and Kay Adam, Newhouse.

Third top price was 4200gns paid for the supreme champion, a two-year-old


from Mike Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt, Ellon, purchased by J Boyne, Whinnyhaugh, Garmouth, Moray. This was Elrick Neutron, one of the first sons by Elrick Jethro – a Rahoney Geoffrey son that bred the 6000gns reserve senior champion at Stirling in February – out of Elrick Eve.

The same stable also received 3800gns for the reserve breed champion, Elrick Nenuphar, a 17-month-old son of Foxhillfarm Impecabull, purchased by P Philip and Son, Broadgreens, Turriff.

Two Limousin bulls from John and Margaret Penny's Shannas herd from Clola, Peterhead, made 4000gns to include Shannas Nixon, purchased by G Ross and Co, Coralhill, Lonmay, Fraserburgh. This two-year-old is by Goldies Emperor.

Matching that price was Shannas Neptune, a similarly aged bull by Dinmore Hitman, which was knocked down to Robert Dinnie, Birsebeg, Aboyne.

Leading the Aberdeen Angus trade at 3200gns was the two-year-old, Strathinver Master Bryden by Mountjoy Poldark, from Wendy Willox, Broadmyre, Clatt, again bought by Liam Muir, Orkney.

The champion Simmental, Harestone Issac from Neil and Stuart Barclay, Harestone, Insch, also made 3200gns, selling to J and R Allan, Gillock Mains, Wick. This 18-month-old is by Drumsleed Calcary.

Averages: 25 bulls, £3494.40 (-£108.21 for the same number).