West Acres Big Mac, a 10-month-old Galloway bull from local breeder, CG Noble, West Acres, Kirklinton, proved the star attraction at a joint sale of Whitebred Shorthorn and Galloway cattle at Carlisle, selling for the top price of 3000gns.

The bull, a son of Grange Mozart, bred from the Barlaes JFK daughter, Barlaes Brownie 231, was knocked down to Messrs McMorran and Sons, Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Mr Noble was back in the money amongst the bulling heifers, selling the champion, a 23-month-old entry for 2200gns. This was West Acres Chimera, another by Grange Mozart, out of a Barlaes-bred cow. She was knocked down to Messrs Telfer and Son, Newton, Stocksfield, Northumberland.

Barlaes heifers from Robert McTurk’s own Barlaes herd from Dalry, Castle Douglas, produced the lead priced female at 2500gns selling to Messrs Carlin, Mountfield, Omagh, Northern Ireland. His leader, Barlaes Robina 46, a June 2018-born heifer by Watchman of Kilnstown, is out of a home-bred cow.

Mr McTurk also received 1600gns for the similarly aged Barlaes Brownie 250, by the same sire. She also sold across the Irish Sea with Dessie Henry, Cloughmills, Ballymena.

In-calf heifers sold to 1600gns for Newhouse Luce 3, a June 2017-born entry by Top of Kilnstown, out of Barlaes Grace 82, from N and BM Ireland, Newhouse, Drigg, Holmrook, Cumbria. She changed hands served to a Whitebred Shorthorn bull, to Messrs Weir, Stonethwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick.

The overall champion amongst the Whitebred Shorthorns, sold north to Finnart Estate, Loch Rannoch, Perthshire, at 2000gns. This was Gordon Jackson’s Blackburn Buttermilk, a rising two-year-old heifer by Blackburn Bingo, out of Blackburn Milkyway, by Barlaes Bonus.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington

averages: Whitebred Shorthorn – Three bulls, £1155.00; seven females, £1320.00. Galloways – Pedigree – Nine heifers in milk/in calf, £1195.83; 17 bulling heifers, £1154.38. Non-pedigree – Three bulling heifers, £900.00; four Blue-Grey heifer calves, £475.00.