Charolais bulls proved the star attraction at United Auctions’ multi-breed sale of bulls and females at Stirling, on Monday, attracting three of the top four prices and the lead average.

The sale which included entries from seven breeds also saw a new centre record of 14,000gns paid at the May sale, when Glenericht Robert, from Charolais chairman, Allen Drysdale and his father, Peter, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie, was sold.

The Scottish Farmer: The Stronachs sold Islavale Luxor for 8800gns Ref:RH010522056 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...The Stronachs sold Islavale Luxor for 8800gns Ref:RH010522056 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Their bull, a September 2020-born lad that stood first in his class, boasts two copies of the F94L easy calving gene. Backed by home-bred bloodlines on both sides, his sire is the easy calving bull, Glenericht Mecca, a Fleets Vibrant son that sold for 11,000gns to Firhills with the Drysdales retaining a share. Already a star breeder, the first four Mecca sons from Glenericht have averaged in excess of £12,000.

Robert, which is out of the Maerdy Hwre daughter, Glenericht Nimble, sold with a calving ease EBV of 17.6, to Willie Dunlop and sons Quintin and William, Elmscleugh, Dunbar.

The Scottish Farmer: Murray Lyle sold Strathallan Petrous for 8000gns Ref:RH010522058 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...Murray Lyle sold Strathallan Petrous for 8000gns Ref:RH010522058 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Another from Drysdale’s 45-cow herd made 9000gns selling to Aberdeenshire breeders, Graeme and Mark Leggat of the Bonnykelly herd from Mormond Prop, New Pitsligo. Glenericht Rambler, which stood second in his class to the 14,000gns entry, is the third sold by Caylers Oxford, a Rosanna Jupiter son bought privately whose first two bulls averaged in excess of £10,000. The dam, Glenericht Ibza, is by Balthayock Graduate.

The Scottish Farmer: Sale topper at 9500gns was Spittalton Rambler from J Burnett Ref:RH020522092 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...Sale topper at 9500gns was Spittalton Rambler from J Burnett Ref:RH020522092 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

There were plenty of celebrations in the Aberdeenshire camp too, when Neil and Mark Wattie, sold Tonley Ranald, from Mains of Tonley, Alford, for the second top price of 11,000gns, to Richard Hassell and Rachel Wyllie, of Brailes Livestock, Oxfordshire. They were enthused by his genetics, buying him for their five-cow Charolais herd which runs alongside a larger Angus enterprise managed by freelance stockmen, Richard and Carol Rettie.

The Scottish Farmer:  Tonley Ranald from the Wattie family sold for 11,000gns Ref:RH010522046 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer... Tonley Ranald from the Wattie family sold for 11,000gns Ref:RH010522046 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Ranald, a two-year-old was only the second Charolais sold at auction by the father and son duo who are better known for their pedigree Aberdeen-Angus. Another backed by older genetics, this red ticket holder is got by frozen semen from the Maerdy Bullet son, Silver Joss, a bull which originally sold to Newhouse for 30,000gns in 1996 and went on to sire sons to 18,000gns. The dam is Tonley Nancy, a daughter of the privately purchased foundation female, Balmyle Farthing by Caylers Hustler.

The Scottish Farmer: Sale topper at 14,000gns was Glenericht Robert from the Drysdales Ref:RH020522077 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...Sale topper at 14,000gns was Glenericht Robert from the Drysdales Ref:RH020522077 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Andrew Reid who manages AJR Farms’ Newlogie herd from Ellon, also came up with the goods, selling the September 2020-born Charolais, Newlogie Realdream for 8500gns. This lad is a son of the top show winning bull, Maerdy Morwr which was also the sire of £12,000 and £10,000 Newlogie bulls sold privately last month, and out of the French import, Newlogie Ohdream. The buyers were Andy Paton and sons, Craig, Straiton.

Just behind on 8000gns, the Campbells from Thrunton, Alnwick, sold Thrunton Ranger, a rising two-year-old to DRF Farms, Oldmill, Strichen, Aberdeen. The pedigree behind this entry includes the Blelack Digger son, Thrunton Nevada which was retained for breeding, onto Thrunton Laurel, by Thrunton Gladiator.

The Scottish Farmer: Glenericht Rambler from Allan Drysdale sold for 9000gns Ref:RH020522076 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...Glenericht Rambler from Allan Drysdale sold for 9000gns Ref:RH020522076 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Limousins from Andrew Burnett’s Spittalton herd from Blair Drummond, always sell well and Monday’s sale was no exception, leading the bull trade at 9500gns with heifers to 2700gns.

His top seller, Spittalton Rambler, a fourth prize winner brought out by stockman Tim Russell, is by Dylans Irnbru, a bull purchased as a weaned calf at Carlisle that has bred sons to 14,000gns, and out of the Crossdykes Hercules-sired Spittalton Lil. He sold to W Steel and Co, Cumberhead, Lesmahagow.

The Scottish Farmer: The Fraser family sold Idvies Eustace for 7000gns Ref:RH020522099 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...The Fraser family sold Idvies Eustace for 7000gns Ref:RH020522099 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

The team’s top heifer at 2700gns was Spittalton Roslin, a September 2020-born entry by Burnbank Judge purchased by K Mackay, Upper Ardnagrash, Muir of Ord.

Donald MacGregor and his father Jimmy, Dyke, Milton of Campsie, were in the money too with Limousin bulls to 7200gns and 7000gns.

Dearest was Dyke Runrig, an unplaced two-year-old son of Goldies Lordoftherings, out of the Dyke Gandalf-sired Dyke Madonna. He was brought out by stockman John Duncan, and headed home with NA McCulloch, Kenmuir, Ardwell, Stranraer.

The Scottish Farmer: Islavale Luther from the Stronach family sold for 8500gns Ref:RH020522082 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...Islavale Luther from the Stronach family sold for 8500gns Ref:RH020522082 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Islay Estate, Bridgend, Islay, bought the 7000gns entry, Dyke Renegade, a blue rosette winner by Wilodge U, out of another Gandalf daughter in Dyke Lavender.

Top price for Richard and Kathleen Davidson’s Keith-based Corsairtly herd was 6800gns given by the Scottish Government’s Bull Stud, Inverness, for Corsairtly Robroy. This September 2020-born bull is a son of Millburn Luquacious, a €13,800 purchase at the Irish March Premier sale in 2018, out of a home-bred Goldies Dictator daughter.

The Scottish Government’s Bull Stud, also went to 6500gns for another from the couple which was reserve champion at the pre-sale show. Corsairtly Rochnroll, by the same sire, is out of Barrons Julip.

Simmentals were topped at 8800gns by a first prize winner from breed president, Stewart Stronach and family’s Islavale herd from Berryleys, Keith. Islavale Luxor is an AI son of the €9200 Curaheen Bandit, a bull that has bred several five-figure priced males for the herd, and out of the Curaheen Giant-sired Islavale Candy 4VG86. He heads up to Forfar with J Farquharson and Son, Deuchar, Fern.

The Scottish Farmer: Eastmill Laird from Thistledown Cowford farm Ltd sold for 6000gns Ref:RH020522093 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...Eastmill Laird from Thistledown Cowford farm Ltd sold for 6000gns Ref:RH020522093 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

A cracking team of Simmental bulls from Islavale, saw the Stronachs sell four of the top five highest priced lots to average £8170 for five.

Next best from this large pedigree unit at 8500gns was Islavale Luther, a September 2020-born bull backed by Ex-classified genetics on both sides. His sire is the Ex92 Dermotstown Delboy – a former champion winner at Tullamore Show in 2013 – while the dam, Islavale Hope Ex91, is a daughter of Wolfstar Elusive. Garry Patterson, new herd manager for Sir Edward Mountain’s Delfur Farms herd at Rothes, Aberlour, was the final bidder.

Two bulls then made 7800gns for the family with Islavale Lionel, a similarly aged son of Ranfurly Confederate Ex94, another top breeding stockbull at Berryleys, purchased by Charles Barclay, Craigscorrie, Beauly. A heifer’s calf, he is bred from the Islavale G1 Joe daughter, Islavale Bramble.

Selling down to Ardwell, Girvan, with J Melville, for the same money was Islavale Lazarus, a November 2020-born son of Atlow Dixon Ex91, out of the Woodhall Walker-sired, Islavale Girlie.

The Scottish Farmer: Dyke Runrig from the MacGregors sold for 7200gns Ref:RH020522086 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...Dyke Runrig from the MacGregors sold for 7200gns Ref:RH020522086 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Top price for Richard McCulloch’s Overhill House herd from Armadale, was also 7800gns given by Liam Muir, Upper Onston, Stenness, Orkney. His pedigree features the 24,000gns Islavale Heston, onto the Mohona Fletcher daughter, Overhill House Imogen.

The champion topped a small but select sale of Salers at 8000gns. Strathallan Petrous from local breeder Murray Lyle, Mid Cambushinnie, Dunblane, is a two-year-old son of the stockbull, Seamore Kawasaki which bred another 8000gns entry here in February, out of the Cleuchhead Compo-sired cow, Strathallan Mystique.

Second best at 6800gns was Banchory-based, David Watson’s Darnford Producer, a rising two-year-old by Seawell Kitemark, purchased by Glenkiln Farm, Bettyknowes, Crocketford, Dumfries.

Aberdeen-Angus peaked at 7000gns for Alister and Graeme Fraser’s first prize winner, Idvies Eustace, a March 2020-born entry from Newton of Idvies, Forfar, purchased by Messrs MacKenzie, Craiglands, Fortrose. Backed by the best of genetics, Eustace is by the Gretnahouse Prince Cool son, Idvies Ferrari which stood supreme here in February 2018, and out of Idvies Euxele, a daughter of the 24,000gns Lockerley Legolas.

Leading the Beef Shorthorns at 6000gns was Eastmill Laird, a five-year-old light roan bull consigned by Thistledown Cowford, Stanley, Perth, but bred at Eastmill, Doldy Farms. Bought privately at the Royal Highland Show as a yearling, Laird is got by semen from the Canadian bull, HC Free Spirit 6Y, and out of the Eastmill Casper daughter, Eastmill Bracken Envy. He sold to J and D Haigh, Balquhadly, Brechin.

Hereford bulls met a 100% clearance with the sole entry, Harveybros 1 Versace, from George and Sophie Harvey, Balfron, selling to Robert Simpson, Parks Farm, Crieff, for 4200gns. He gets for his money a 15-month-old by the Australian AI sire, Wirruna Matty, out of Harveybros 1 Crocus.

averages:

Bulls – 24 Charolais, £6191.00, 71% clearance (+£576 for three more sold); 25 Simmentals, £5632.00, 81% (+£287 for four more); 30 Limousin, £5096.00, 56% (+£455 for five more); six Salers, £5163.00, 86% (+£613 for three more); 10 Beef Shorthorn, £4568.00; 71% (-£502 for three more); 29 Aberdeen-Angus, £4055.00, 55% (-£1190 for seven more). Females – Seven Limousins, £2445.00.

OTHERLEADING prices

Bulls – Charolais – 7000gns – D Muirhead’s Firhills Rex, by Caylers Napoleon, to Logie Farm, Newburgh, Fife. 6200gns – JHC Campbell and Sons’ Thrunton Rampart, by Thrunton Nevada, to H Adamson and Son, West Friarton, Newport on Tay.

Limousin – 6200gns – RM Adam and Son’s Newhouse Ringo, by Burnbank Northernlad, to WSL Muir, Orkney; Mr and Mrs S Irvine’s Anside Rooney, by Anside Orton, to B Buchan, Clinterty, New Aberdour, Fraserburgh.

Simmental – 7500gns – AS and YA Leedham’s Grangewood Liberator, by Ranfurly Impeccable, to GW Woolhouse and Sons, Church Farm, Ravensfield, Rotherham. 6800gns – WJ and J Green’s Corskie Locke, by Kilbride Farm Haka, to J Wealleans and Son, Angel Row, Greenlaw, Duns.

Beef Shorthorns – 5500gns – R Taylor’s Strathendrick Powerhouse by Millerston Ensign, to F Armour, Ingleston, Borgue.

Aberdeen-Angus – 5200gns – S and S Medley’s Saville Bluebird, by Weeton Evolution, to WI and EI Brown, Drumdow, Girvan.

Auctioneers: United Auctions.