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Pedigree and commercial Luing cattle annual spring breeding sale at Dingwall Mart 'an outstanding show of quality'


By Hector MacKenzie

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The sale at Dingwall Mart. Pictures: Dingwall and Highland Auction Marts
The sale at Dingwall Mart. Pictures: Dingwall and Highland Auction Marts

DINGWALL and Highland Marts Ltd sold 87 pedigree and commercial Luing cattle at their annual spring breeding sale.

According to the Luing Cattle Society: "The Luing is extremely hardy and an efficient and fertile mother. Its ability to rear a suitable calf in adverse weather conditions is widely renowned. With good sound feet and a strong bone structure its considerable merits guarantee a good investment and currently place it high on many farmers' wish lists."

Bulls averaged £3,596.25 and sold to 5,500gns (£5,775.00) for lot 101 Kintail Zeus from Mr Graeme Macrae, 120 Newton of Ferintosh, Mulbuie, and sold to G Mackenzie, Fanblair Farm, Kiltarlity.

Pedigree bulling heifers (53) averaged £2,018.97 and sold to 3,000gns (£3,150) twice for lots 9 &10, 26- and 27-month-old heifers, both from Messrs A L & A C McCall, Culmaily Farm, Golspie. Both sold to Mr John Jardine, Fair Girth Farm, Dalbeattie.

Pedigree Yearling Heifers (4) averaged £892.50 and sold to 850gns (£892.50) for lots 54-57 from Mr Rory Campbell, Monzie Farm, Blair Atholl (Four times) all going together to Messer J & I Cameron, Hillside Farm, Kilmacolm.

Pedigree Cows in Calf (2) averaged £1,312.50 and sold to 1,300gns (£1,365.00) for lot 66 a 4 year old cow in calf to Harehead Sumo, from G Mackenzie, Fanblair Farm, Kiltarlity, bought by P J Rodwell, New Bigging of Leslie, Insch.

Sim/Luing heifers (24) averaged £1,080.63 and sold to 1400gns (£1,470.00) thrice for lots 77,78 &79 once again from Messers A L &A C McCall and all going to Messers W J & P D Mackenzie, Hilton Farm, Tain.

Bulls (4) averaged £3,596.25 and sold to 5,500gns (£5,775.00) for lot 101 Kintail Zeus from Mr Graeme Macrae, 120 Newton of Ferintosh, Mulbuie, and sold to G Mackenzie, Fanblair Farm, Kiltarlity.

The annual show and sale of pedigree luing cattle was judged by Reece Simmers, Backmuir, Keith. It was described as "an outstanding show of quality". The champion prize was awarded to a pair of heifers from Messrs McCall, Culmaily. Davidson Animal Feeds who sponsored the show.

Vendors were greeted with a bonanza of a trade which saw the bulling heifer average record an outstanding increase of £431 on the year. Consignments with the traditional 'Luing' prefix in their pedigree "met a brisk and erratic enquiry for both the females and the breeding bulls".

The Sim/Luing heifers forward wouldn’t have the same power as normal "and they proved slightly harder to cash”, according to the mart.

Other leading prices:

Pedigree Bulling Heifers: Culmaily Farm, Lots 11-20, 2,600gns (Eight times) & Lot 7 & 8, 2,100gns, (Twice), ClachanFarm, Inverbroom, Lot 47, 2,400gns, (Twice), Lot 45 & 46, (Twice) and Lot 49 &50, 2,100gns, (Twice), Monzie Farm, Lot 34 & 35, 2,300gns, (Twice), 7 Ullinish, Struan, Lot 41 & 42, 2,100gns, (Twice).

Pedigree Cows in Calf: Fanblair Farm, Lot 67, 1,200gns.

Sim/Luing heifers: Culmaily Farm, Lot 80-83, 1,300gns, (Four times) and Lot 71 &72, 1,050gns, (Twice), 120 Newton of Ferintosh, Lot 76, 1,150gns.

Bulls: Poole Bank Farm, Troutbeck, lot 95, 4,200gns, Culmaily Farm, 2,000gns, Nunnerie Farm, Biggar, 2,000gns.

Related: Packed ring greets cattle sale in Dingwall


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