Local breeder, Alasdair Houston, continued on his winning ways at a pedigree sale of Aberdeen-Angus at Carlisle, selling the reserve overall champion and top priced lot at 7500gns.

Mr Houston who topped the Charolais sale the previous week, led the Angus trade with Gretnahouse Eiger, an August 2019-born ET bred from a flush from the Blelack Kanasta Lad daughter, Gretnahouse Eliza. Reserve champion at the pre-sale show when tapped out by judge Dallas Allan, Stouphill, Eiger was paraded by stockman John Morton, and sold to John W Weir, Cortleferry, Stow, Galashiels.

Second top price was 6500gns paid for Charles McCombie and his mother Elizabeth's Auchincrieve Excalibur, a 15-month-old son of Rodmead Primero, all the way from Rothiemay, Huntly. He was knocked down to TA Johnson, Clarence House, Brandsby, York.

Two bulls sold for 6000gns to include Neil and Mark Wattie's Tonley Equaliser, a son of the home-bred Tonley Pato, from Mains of Tonley, Alford, Aberdeenshire and Martin McCornick and daughters, Kate and Gemma's McCornick Kapaldi, a Rawburn Echester-sired entry from Boreland, Kirkcowan, Wigtownshire.

Top price amongst the females was 5200gns paid for William and Margaret Taylor's Crook Hill Dicky Double, a 13-month-old heifer by Rawburn Boss Hogg, from Stocksfield, Northumberland.

Overall, 52 bulls sold to average £4163.65; 12 heifers levelled at £2642.52 and four cows and calves cashed in at £4147.50.

For full report and pictures see next week's Scottish Farmer.

Auctioneers: Harrisoin and Hetherington