The reserve champion led the way at Caledonian Marts' show and sale of 209 beef breeding cattle, selling for the top price of £6300.

Selling at this mark was a British Blue heifer with Limousin cross heifer calf at foot from John McAlister, West Thomaston, Banknock, selected by judge Stephanie Dick, Westerton. This outfit sold to Miller Farms, North Lurg, Midmar, Aberdeenshire.

The champion outfit from Craig Malone, Pitcairn, Cardenden, was similarly bred and realised £6000 selling to Messrs Paterson, Cairndaie Croft, Sauchen.

Pitcairn also sold the second top priced lot at £6100 – another heifer and calf outfit – purchased by G Bell, Haasside, Lockerbie.

LEADING prices

Heifers with calves – £6100 Pitcairn; £5100 Learielaw; £4200, £4100, £4000 West Thomaston; £3600, £3500 Pitcairn.

Cows with calves – £2500 Taylorton; £2300 Crosshill; £2200 Craighead; £1950 Keirsbeath.

In-calf heifers – £1400, £1300 Harelaw.

Bulling heifers – Lim X – £1010 Glenside; A-A X – £1010 Glenside. Lim X – £1000 Glenside.