There was a strong demand for younger breeding stock at the Aidansfield dispersal of pedigree Salers.
- 88 cows sold, average £1929.87, top price 3100gns
- 41 in-calf heifers, average £2230.61, top price 2800gns
- 15 yearling heifers, average £1592.50, top price 1900gns
- 4 stock bulls, average £3806.25, top price 5500gns
On Saturday 9th January 2021, United Auctions, Stirling, hosted the dispersal of the Aidansfield herd of pedigree Salers on behalf of the late Conor Colgan. Conor had developed a state-of-the-art research station in Lowick, Northumberland, focused on feed efficiency, genetic improvement, and carbon reduction. Conor loved cattle and he had a great eye for stock, and this was reflected in the cattle presented at the market in Stirling and the subsequent support at the sale from pedigree and commercial buyers.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the market facilitated viewing and bidding in line with current regulations, streamed the sale live via their webcam as well as providing online and telephone bidding facilities.
P & R Burbage of Oakfields Farm, recognised the quality of stock on sale and invested in 34 females to join their Salers herd based in Northampton. They also purchased the top priced animal of the day, which was the stock bull Cleuchhead Kingpin, a Drumlegagh Brandon son out of Cleuchhead Jolie 8th for 5500gns. This bull was from the Gitan line, a very influential sire in France. Kingpin himself won his class at the Royal Highland Show in 2016 and was Overall Champion at the Salers Cattle Society Premier sale the same year.
Taking the second top price of the day 5000gns was also for a stock bull, Tolquhon Napoleon a July 2018 bull by Sligo Ohmy out of a Garou sired dam Tolquhon Amber. This bull went home to J M Aitken, Carlopshill, Penicuik.
There were 88 cows forward for sale and taking top spot in this section was a 2016 born cow, Lowick Hall Granada, by Tolquhon Trafalgar out of Lowick Hall Charlotte, she sold for 3100gns to pedigree breeder Murray Lyle of Mid Cambushinnie, Dunblane for his Strathallan herd. Murray Lyle also purchased the imported French cow Joice for 2500gns, a daughter by Atchoum, out of Colombe and Lowick Hall Galant for 2400gns, a Tolquhon Trafalgar sired cow, both were in-calf to Gourmand.
John Martin & Son, Swinlees, Dalry purchased two cows. The first was Lowick Hall Gravitas by Tolquhon Trafalgar out of Lowick Hall Christine and in-calf to Gourmand for 2800gns and matching that bid was A Minto & Son, West Linton for Lowick Hall Halle a 2017 born daughter of Tolquhon Bonaparte, in-calf to Gourmand. Swinlees also purchased Lowick Hall Gypsy another Trafalgar daughter for 2500gns.
Orr & Partners, West Calder purchased Lowick Hall Gucci for 2700gns, J & J Craig, Lanarkshire paid 2500gns for Lowick Hall Glenluce and J M Anderson, Banff also went to 2500gns for Lowick Hall Ingrid, a Highland daughter out of Lowick Hall Geraldine.
New members to the Salers Cattle Society R.A. Armstrong, Hexham purchased four cows and two in-calf heifers. The first was Cleuchhead Mhairi at 2000gns, next was Lowick Hall Gem for 2100gns, for 2400gns they secured Lowick Hall Cantal, an Emir sired daughter, Lowick Hall Paris for 2600gns. The two Gourmand sired in-calf heifers were both secured at 1900gns a piece for Lowick Hall Icicle and Aidansfield Julie.
Fenwick Jackson took home two cows and one in-calf heifer for his Cory herd at Jedburgh. Lowick Hall Susie 2nd made 1000gns, Lowick Hall Gin, a Tolquhon Bonaparte daughter was secured at 2100gns and the in-calf heifer, a Gourmand sired daughter, Aidansfield Josephina made 2100gns.
J Wight, Biggar, also added two cows to his Carwood herd, Lowick Hall Cleopatra 1650gns and Lowick Hall Fiat, a Tolquhon Bonaparte daughter in-calf to Gourmand for 2200gns.
Society President, Tom Walling, Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk purchased two lots for his Cumbrian herd, Nature an imported daughter of Hornfleur out of Hortensia for 1750gns and Nanou an Icare daughter for 2200gns.
Topping the in-calf heifer trade was Aidansfield Janie another Bonaparte daughter out of Lowick Hall Verbier she sold to R C Gatherer, Johnstone for 2800gns.
Pedigree breeders Colin McClymont, (Cuil) Newtown Stewart purchased two Gourmand sired in-calf heifers Lowick Hall Illucidate for 2700gns and Aidansfield Judy for 2600gns. The McClymont’s also paid 1850gns for a Gourmand sired maiden heifer, Aidansfield Kelly.
A. Quigley (Ardmachree), Enniskillen purchased Lowick Hall Isabella for 2400gns, she joins his earlier purchase, Cleuchhead Gentle 1118 for 2200gns, on the trip back to Northern Ireland.
Society Chair, Andrew Sleigh, Ellon, purchased Lot 104, Harperley Orleans for his Tolquhon herd for 2300gns and Council member Rob Livesey, Melrose purchased Aidansfield Johanna, 2400gns and Aidansfield Jewel a Gourmand sired daughter for his Cleuchhead herd at 1900gns.
J M Aitken, (Carlophill) Penicuik purchased Aidansfield Joyce, 2100gns and Aidansfield Jemimah, 2200gns and W & A M Aitken of Scotstounbank, Blyth Bridge purchased four maiden heifers Aidansfield Kid 1250gns, Aidansfield Katie 1300gns, Aidansfield Kim 1250gns and the last female lot of the day Aidansfield Kohl, a Gourmand sired heifer for 1300gns.
R A Milne, Kennieshillock, Elgin purchased Aidansfield Kate at 1600gns and Aidansfield Krona, 1500gns and P J Maginn & Sons, Lisnamaul take Aidansfield Kay and Aidansfield Kash back to Northern Ireland for 1550gns and 1800gns respectively.