It was a day to remember for Patrick and Judith Boyd’s Drumaglea herd at Castle Douglas – it not only topped the female trade, but also led the bulls with Drumaglea Nuggett selling at 10,000gns.

A packed ringside of buyers were present at the 29th premier sale of pedigree and commercial Salers, held at Wallets Marts, where averages across all sections saw an increase on the year, albeit for fewer sold.

It was a worthwhile trip sea and land trip south by husband and wife duo, Patrick and Judith Boyd, Drumaglea, Cornaigmore, Isle of Tiree. Their sale leader was purchased by A and J Wright for the Trayboyack herd based at Pinmore Mains, Ayrshire.

Changing hands was a two-year-old bull by the French sire, Halley, and out of Drumaglea Chelsea.

The Boyds also sold Drumaglea Napoleon for 3500gns to the JM Aitken, at Carlopshills, Penicuik. Sired by the same bull as their pen leader, he is out of Drumaglea Cordelia – a daughter of the 2009 champion and top priced female here, Rigel Alicia.

Another bull from Patrick and Judith sold outwith the ring for 3400gns. That was Drumaglea Neptune which went to William and Michael Aitken, Scotstounbank, Blyth Bridge. He is by the Baron bull and out of Drumaglea Coffee.

Next in the trade stakes, at 6000gns, was Cuil Oslo from Newton Stewart-based breeder, Colin McClymont. Sired by Drumaglea Kingpin, out of Cuil Flo, he headed home with N and D Austin, Gatehouse of Fleet.

Jack Sleigh and Sons, Ellon, sold their pen leader, Tolquhon Napoleon, for 5500gns to Conor Colgan for his Aidansfield herd, based at Lowick. He is a son of Sligo Ohmy – purchased privately from Ireland, in 2016 – and is out of the home-bred dam, Tolquhon Amber.

Murray Lyle, Mid Cambushinnie, Dunblane, was also in the money when he sold his best bull, Strathallan Optimal, for 4000gns to John Mitchell, Greenlaw.

Out of one of the herd’s best breeding females, Seamore Jemima, is sired by Seamore Kawasaki, which is responsible for producing the breed champion at Stirling Bull Sales, back in February.

First in the ring was Rigel Nebraksa Poll, from Rigel Pedigree, Leven Fields, Middleton on Leven, Yarm, which secured 3800gns. Sired by Rigel Byron Poll and out of Rigel Ohio, this 2018-born bull headed home with D Grant, Kirriemuir.

Donald Gilder, Cheltenham, paid 3700gns for Rednock Otto Poll from Gill and Malcolm Pye, Rednock Estate, Port of Menteith. Out of Rednock Lola, he is sired by the home-bred Rednock Lagerfeld Poll, which stood first in his class at the Royal Highland Show and champion ‘any other breed’ at Stirling Show, in 2018.

The Cumbrian Lieutenant-sired Cumbrian Odeon Poll, from Tom and Ian Walling, Over Whitlaw, Selkirk, was knocked down at 3000gns to Douglas Brown, Drumhumphry. He is out of one of the herd’s top females, Cumbrian Ladybird.

Two bulls secured 2000gns each.

The first was Kaimburn Ozzie from Edgerston Home Farm, Jedburgh. Sired by Bacardi Ladysman, out of Oaklands Hayley, he was knocked down to Angus Fettes for his Essil herd, at Fochabers, Morayshire.

The same buyer matched the 2000gns price for Bacardi Orly, from Roy and Adam Crockett, Conker Cottage, Denholm. This 2019-born bull is sired by Seawell Kitemark and out of Bacardi Icandy.

Amongst the females, a top price of 7000gns was paid for Drumaglea Nymph, from the Boyds, also selling to the buyer of Nuggett, A and J Wright.

Sired by Bronson and out of Drumaglea Arabella, this May, 2018-born heifer sold in-calf to the French Cantal bull. Her dam also produced Drumaglea Kes, which sold for 12,000gns at Stirling, in 2017.

Drumaglea Naomi achieved 4000gns when selling to Gill and Malcolm Pye for their Rednock herd. This April, 2018-born heifer is by Halley and out of Cumbrian Rouge 472.

Two other Drumaglea females hit 3600gns. The first was Drumaglea Nan, which was purchased by Andrew Tullie, Hawick. This Halley-sired heifer is out of Drumaglea Jude.

John Martin and Sons, Dalry, matched the 3600gns price for Drumaglea Nippy. Sired by Drumaglea Kes, she is out of Drumaglea Jessie.

Gill and Malcolm Pye also purchased the May, 2018-born Drumaglea Nubile, for 3400gns. She was sired by Halley and out of a Ringo-sired cow, while Drumaglea Nevus attained 3000gns selling in-calf to Django. Also by the Halley bull, she is out of Drumaglea Joy and again sold to the Pyes.

Colin McClymont sold his best female at 3800gns. That was Cuil Nesta, which sold in-calf to Cuil Nero. Purchased by Niall and Katie Blair, for their Cammock herd, based at Blairgowrie, she is a daughter of Knottown Nector and out of Cuil Daisy.

The same home also sold Cuil Nadia for 3100gns to David Anderson, Strocherie, Banff. Sired by Knottown Nector, she is out of Cuil Gin and sold in-calf to Cuil Nero.

Mr McClymont also produced the champion and reserve commercial pens of females, which later sold to a top price of £1820, while AR Lee, Lumbylaw, Alnwick dominated the in-calf heifers when selling four four at £2000 per head to JR Graham.

Auctioneers: Wallets Marts.


11 bulls, £4476.82 (+ £268.07); 13 females, £3578.08 (+£1189.33); 32 commercial in-calf heifers, £1554.69; 168 bulling heifers, £1165.60.