Stirling Bull Sales February 2023
Aberdeen-Angus met a buoyant trade at the February 2023 Stirling Bull Sales held at United Auctions’ Stirling market. Of the 111 forward, 77% found new homes, compared with 74% at the same sale last year. The 86 bulls averaged £6727 (6406 gns), and 2 females forward averaged £4148 (3950 gns).
Neil and Mark Wattie had a tremendous sale, averaging 11286 gns for 8 sold, also having been pre-sale show Champion with one of their Senior bulls, Tonley Endgame X809. This bull topped the sale at 24,000 gns, and was purchased by Andrew and James Adam, Newhouse of Glamis for their herd of Aberdeen Angus cows run alongside the Newhouse herds of Limousin and Charolais. Reserve Senior and Reserve Overall Champion also came from the Tonley herd in the form of another senior bull Tonley King Paco X812, sold for 16,000.
This much admired bull went home with Ian and Bruce Campbell to Thrunton, Alnwick, Northumberland, who run an Angus herd alongside their Charolais herd. The Watties also sold Tonley Eyecandy X823 to Auchengray Farms for 14,000 gns, three of 5 Senior bulls which together averaged 13,260 gns. Tonley cleaned up the group competitions in the show, winning the best pair, best group of three (bred by exhibitor), best group of three bulls by one sire, best group of four bulls by one sire, and the best group of 5 bulls bred by exhibitor.
Messrs JHC Campbell & Sons, Thrunton, also had a good day having been drawn reserve intermediate champion with a may born Tonley Kasper son, Thrunton Premier X475, which went on to sell for 14,000 gns to Alistair and Graeme Fraser of Idvies, Forfar. Thrunton sold 5 bulls to average an impressive 10,240 gns, with a top of 15,000 gns for Thrunton Prince X468, which goes home to Messrs Spours, Henlaw, Wooler.
Alistair Clark & Sons, Duncanziemere, Cumnock turned out the Intermediate Champion, and both the Junior and Reserve Junior champion bulls, selling 6 bulls to average 8,583 gns. The best of these was their Junior Champion Duncanziemere Edward X452, by Auchencrieve Exodus, who sold for 14,000 to AM Shepherd, Orbliston, Fochabers. Next best was their Intermediate Champion, selling for 10,000 gns to Mike and Melanie Alford for their Foxhill herd in Devon.
Blelack Jumping Jackflash X160 lived up to his impressive name for Gabriella Massie, who sold the un-shown Jackflash for 14,000 gns to Brotherton Estates, Montrose. Messrs Arnott of Haymount sold two bulls to average 8,250 gns, and the best of the pair was their junior Haymount Exhibit X164, which went home with Dallas Allen, Stouphill, Alnwick for 12,000 gns. Completing the set of not less than 8 bulls achieving more than 10,000 gns were K & M Howie, selling Tonley Egor X842 for 11,000 gns to Messrs Mitchell, Ferniehill, Cupar, Messrs FJ Fraser & Son, selling Idvies Baracus X032 to the Castle of Mey herd for 10,000 gns, and The Trustees of the late Gordon Brooke selling Gordon E-Type X640 at 10,000 gns to D. Whiteford & Co, Borewell, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Other notable prices:
Andrew and Emma Hodge; Rulesmains Kasper X570; 9000 gns to Liam Muir, Orkney, Hamish Sclater; Deveron Black Baron X796; 9,000 gns to Messrs Manning, Dirnanean, Blairgowrie, R & C Rettie; Retties Le Rendezvous X208 ET; 8,500 gns to B & J McEnroe, Co. Meath.
The Society would like to firstly thank Graeme Massie for judging the show on Sunday. We would also like to thank all vendors and purchasers and thanks also go to United Auctions for carrying out the weekends proceedings.