Horrendous weather for the second round of the Bull Sales, failed to deter enthusiasts from attending the breed shows at Stirling, where Ross King produced his first supreme overall amongst the Simmentals with Wolfstar Jackaroo.

Mr King who runs 40 pedigree cows alongside his father Alex’ 150-cow commercial herd at Wolfstar, Ormiston, Haddington, outshone his rivals with Wolfstar Jackaroo, a June 2018-born bull that first won the intermediate before bagging the supreme.

“The champion is in a class of it’s own and one that was easy picked out from the first time I saw him in his section,” said the judge, Phil Simmers, Keith.

“I was looking for bulls to breed females so I was looking for good deep, square bulls with good plates and a wide pelvis,” added Mr Simmers whose Backmuir Trading business includes 50 pedigree Simmentals and 200 Luings.

Taking all the plaudits was another son of Team Celtic, a bull purchased for 11,000gns that has bred several sons at five-figure prices and to a top of 17,000gns. His dam is Wolfstar Ellie, a daughter of the top female breeding sire, Wolfstar Wotsit.

Adding to the herd celebrations, the King’s second bull, Wolfstar Jimmy Choo, a 21-month-old son of the privately purchased Islavale Guy, secured the blue and white sash amongst the seniors. He is bred from the Team Celtic daughter, Wolfstar Forget-Me-Not whose first bull calf was retained for breeding.

Reserve overall was the Green family’s Corskie Jalex, the reserve intermediate which followed the section champion all the way to the overall. This May 2018-born bull from Corskie, Fochabers, is by the 22,000gns Dirnanean Bradley, a former Highland Show champion in 2014 that has since twice bred sons to 15,000gns. He is out of the Ex94-classified Corksie Exseed, by Celtic Rock.

The Stronach family’s Islavale herd from Keith, was again in the tickets, taking the senior championship with Islavale Jimbo, the second son of the Ex92 classified Corskie Highlander. He is bred from the Delfur Casanova-sired Islavale Glossy GP.

Irish breeders topped the junior section, with Nigel Glasgow enjoying a personal best here when his September 2018-born bull, Bridgewater Farm Jazzman lifted the tri-colour. Inter-breed champion at Armagh County Show, this Curaheen Dickens son from Cookstown, Co Tyrone, is out of the Omorga Volvo daughter, Bridgewater Farm Abigail.

Standing next in line to him to take the reserve was Harry Stubbs and his grandson Alan Burleigh’s Derrycallaghan Jasper, from Crummy, Ballindarragh. An ET-bred bull from a flush from Derrycallaghan Top Girl, a Sterling Herkules daughter that has bred sons to 6500gns, Jasper is got by the five-figure privately sold AI sire, Mullyknock Gallant.