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‘Extraordinary’ sale of Lockerbie herd

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By Fiona Reid
Farming
‘Extraordinary’ sale of Lockerbie herd

BUYERS had to queue up to get into the dispersal sale of the commercial Haas Side herd at Borderway Mart last Friday.

Auctioneers H&H described it as a ‘much anticipated sale’ with commercial cattle breeders in attendance from across the UK and Ireland and a strong online interest.

An H&H spokesperson said: “Due to the time and investment and quality of cattle kept by Gary Bell, of Lockerbie, this was rewarded with the busiest ringside of buyers ever seen in Borderway, with some unable to get into the ring at all.

“The sale was nothing short of extraordinary with only one outfit selling below £3000, with an overall average of £4267.70 for 95 cows and calves.”

The sale leader was a pedigree bred Limousin cow with heifer calf at foot, she sold for a commercial breeding unit record of £10,000 to local farmers Messrs Hill, Whitewall Farm, Appleby in Westmorland, with another 22 units selling in excess of £5000. The next leading outfit was a Charolais x cow with Limousin x calf at foot selling at £8000 to top commercial producer Lloyd Fowlie, Alford

Two bulls shared the top price mantle of £10,000: these were Wilodge Merlin and Huntershall Petronas who sold to Lloyd Fowlie and M/s Murray, The Throp respectively

In calf heifers sold to £4800 for a Limousin x heifer who was purchased by an undisclosed purchaser in Co Down, Northern Ireland.

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