Limousin cross sets new Spring Show record price of £9,000


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A 10-month old Limousin cross heifer from J Robertson & Co, Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry has achieved a new record price of £9,000 at the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone Centre. 
Heading to Northern Ireland following the sale, the 416kg overall champion in the exhibition cattle section was purchased by Mel & Diane Lucas, Lukeroyal British Blues, Muckamore, Antrim through a telephone bid at auction.
Alan Hutcheon, Auction Operations Manager, said: “We are thrilled to achieve a new record price; this accomplishment is testament to the outstanding line-up at this year’s Spring Show.  This renowned event continues to attract buyers from far and wide and showcase the best livestock that the north and north-east has to offer.  With the addition of live video broadcasts through our website and social media channels, we have been able to further raise the profile of this event - marketing this quality livestock to an even wider audience - and our members and customers have been able to bid and buy with confidence.”
The Spring Show, organised by the Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS), saw Aberdeen & Northern Marts host its annual show and sale of pedigree bulls and females in addition to exhibition cattle. 
The pedigree bull section - sponsored by chartered accountants and statutory auditors Williamson & Dunn and judged by Tracey Nicol, Balthayock Home Farm, Perth – saw the overall championship title snapped up by Mr K Mallarkey, Airdlin Mains, Ythanbank.  ‘Strathys Lionheart’, a 23-month old Charolais, went on to realise 5,500gns at auction to E&J Mackie, Darnabo, Fycie, Turriff.
The reserve Charolais champion – 23-month old ‘Kinclune Laurent’ from J A Wilson & Sons, Kinclune, Glenkindie – topped the pedigree bull sale with a price of 8,000gns to D Blair & Son, Littleinch Farm, Balmerino, Newport on Tay.
The Limousin championship went to A&J Gammie, Drumforber, Laurencekirk for 20-month-old ‘Westpit Lampard’ and reserve to M Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt for 21-month old ‘Elrick Lord’.  The champion sold for 7,000gns to N Meldrum, Shenval, Ballindalloch while the reserve achieved 5,000gns to J Boyne, Whinnyhaugh, Garmouth, Moray.
Mr W J & J Green, Corskie, Garmouth took the champion title in the Simmental Bulls class with 23-month-old champion ‘Corskie Glow’ which realised 5,500gns to W S L Muir, Upper Onston, Stenness, Stromness, Orkney.  The reserve champion, 23-month old ‘Tillyeve Grainger’ from C&M Bruce, Tillyeve, Udny sold for 4,200gns to H J Arnott & Co, Westerton, Memsie, Fraserburgh.
The winner of the Aberdeen Angus class was N F Massie & Sons, Blelack, Dinnet with 22-month old ‘Blelack Eddie’ realising 6,000gns to W S L Muir, Orkney.  The reserve champion was two-year old ‘Auchincrieve Lord Ivanovic’ from C&M McCombie, Auchencrieve, Knock which sold for 3,200gns to RJF & JM Seatter, Elsness, Sanday, Orkney.
Other leading prices in the pedigree bulls section include 6,000gns from consignor C Stuart, Lettoch Farm, Braes of Glenlivet; 6,000gns from N R Barclay, South Road, Insch; 4,500gns from N A Wattie, Mains of Tonley, Alford; and 4,500gns from R Leggat, Mormond Prop, New Pitsligo for the Charolais bulls.  The Limousin section achieved 6,500gns from Mr & Mrs Irvine, Braehead, Drummuir; 6,000gns from Mr & Mrs Penny, Shannas, Mintlaw; 5,500gns from West Knock Farms, Mintlaw and two lots of 4,200gns for S Duncan, Achdregnie, Glenlivet. 
Simmentals top prices included 4,000gns to N A Shand, Cairnorrie Farm, Methlick and 4,000gns to W&S Stronach, Berryleys, Keith.  Aberdeen-Angus prices featured 2,700gns from M Bruce & Partners, Mains of Logie, Ellon and 2,600gns from A J Norrie, Wrae Farm, Turriff.
Average prices per head comprised of 3,412gns for six Aberdeen-Angus bulls sold; 4,170gns for 21 Charolais bulls; 4,515gns for 16 Limousins; 4,147gns for 8 Simmentals; 4,900gns for four Saler bulls and 1,680gns for two females.
In the show and sale of exhibition cattle – sponsored by Stewart Trailers and judged by Lyn Pidsley, Upton Ley Farm, Devon – the reserve overall champion was a 9-month old, 376kg, British Blue cross heifer from Mark & Michael Robertson, Fodderletter Farms, Tomintoul.  In the bullock class, the champion ‘That’s My Boy’ was a 10-month old, 460kg, Limousin cross steer from G M Henderson, Castletown which sold for £1,700 and reserve champion bullock was from J Robertson & Co, Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry which went on to realise £2,600 at auction. Average prices per head were £2,395 for 29 heifers and £1,408 for 20 steers offered on the day.
Other leading prices for exhibition cattle included £6,050 to J Robertson & Co, Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry for a second in class Limousin cross heifer which sold to Stillmans Somerset Ltd and £3,000 for a Limousin cross heifer from J Robertson & Co to J Lumgair.