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By Fiona Reid
Farming
New record set at Beltie sale

A GOOD entry of cattle was forward at the Belted Galloway annual sale in Castle Douglas, which saw the breed record broken.

Buyers were in attendance from all four parts of the UK and trade was on fire with seven lots making 5000gns or above.

Averages were up on the previous year which bodes well for the future of the breed.

Top price of the day was a new breed record at 14,000gns and this was achieved for a stylish 17-month-old bull, Grassknop Idris, from Alison Taylor. He had been successfully shown this year, including winning Reserve Breed Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show, and he continued his winning ways by being the pre-sale show male champion. Idris is sired by Cairnsmore Fergus and out of a homebred cow, Grassknop Mai. The successful bidder on the day was Castleton Farms Ltd from Dollar for their Castleton Herd.

Second highest price was for another bull, this time from Mochrum Estate with their two-year-old bull Mochrum Finnegan. Second in his class and sold for 9000gns, he is sired by the homebred bull Mochrum Brigadier and out of Mochrum Lilac 5th, he was knocked down to Mr S Halsall of Summerstone Estate at Harrogate for his Summerstone Herd.

In the females, the top price was 8000gns for in-calf heifer Lomond Crème Brulee from Duncan Maxwell. She was reserve female champion in the pre-sale show, and was sired by Lomond 23 Alpha and out of a homebred cow Lomond Princess Poppy. Scanned in calf to last year’s top priced bull, Mochrum Earl, she was purchased by Mr M Forster from the West Midlands for the Elgany Herd.

Duncan Maxwell also achieved the next best price in the females of 7000gns for another in-calf heifer, Lomond Rum Baba, who had also been running with Mochrum Earl. She sold to James Pritchard from Northumberland for his Evistones Herd.

In the males the next best price was 7500gns for Lomond Benromach, an 18-month-old son of Lomond 23 Alpha, from Duncan Maxwell and out of Lomond Rock Rose. He was sold to the Stonehouse Herd of Messrs Richardson from Cumbria. Duncan Maxwell had the next best price of 5500gns for his other bull Lomond Knockandhu, another Lomond 23 Alpha son, and he sold to the Thornthwaite Herd of Wentworth Farming Ltd from Cumbria.

There was a great entry of White Galloways this year and the pre-sale male champion Romesbeoch Yogi achieved the top price of 2800gns. Sired by a black Galloway and out of Barfil Kylie, he sold to J H Fisher from Stranraer.

The female champion, Bergere Bramble 15th, was the next highest price of 2500gns.

A reduction sale followed from the Park and Carrick Herds and the top price was 3000gns. This was achieved for the five-year-old in-calf cow Park Eva, sired by Barwise Jago and out of Park Lucy, she sold to the Grassknop Herd of Alison Taylor from Cumbria. The next highest price was 1700gns for a two-year-old cow, Park Eliza, who sold with her 2-month-old bull calf at foot to Richard Wilson of Dalbeattie for his Polbae Herd.

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