Harestone Peakyblinder, a 15-month-old Charolais bull from the Barclay family’s Insch-based herd, has sold in a £10,000 private deal to commercial producer Rhys Anderson, Burnton Farm, Laurencekirk.

A son of the 2018 Royal Highland Show breed champion, Harestone Jaquard, Peakyblinder is one of Stuart Barclay’s fiancé Catherine MacGregor’s own bulls, with the dam being Blelack Elderflower, purchased by Catherine at the Blelack Charolais dispersal in 2016. Elderflower previously bred Harestone Novel, the reserve junior champion at Stirling in February 2019, which sold for 8000gns.

Peakyblinder had been destined for United Auctions’ sale at Stirling in May, but was snapped up by Mr Anderson, who had been on the lookout for a Jaquard son, having been impressed with his progeny at Stirling last February. He will now head out to work on the 180-cow commercial herd, which is now predominantly made up of Salers or Salers crosses, producing calves for the store market.

Mr Anderson says: “Charolais calves out of Salers type cows are a great cross. They are easily calved and have plenty vigour when born, but they soon catch up in growth. I was particularly looking for a Jaquard son and I’m delighted with Peakyblinder now we have him home and settled.”