Demand for Salers continues to grow, and this was evident at the February 2022 Stirling Bull Sales with one third of Salers bulls making 6,000gns or more to a top price of 8,000gns. 21 bulls out of 23 were sold, nine more than in 2021, giving a 91% clearance and an average of £4730.
It was also the first Salers Stirling Bull Sales show since February 2020 which took place on Sunday 20th February 2022 under the expert eye of judge Mr Seamus Nagle of the BullBank, County Clare. Seamus a 5th generation suckler farmer from Doolin runs around 100 Salers and Salers cross cows where the top 20% are bred to a Salers bull to breed replacement females.
The judge found his overall champion in the junior section with Cumbrian Price Poll a homozygous polled bull from Farmstock Genetics who was brought out by breeder and current Society President Mr Tom Walling. Cumbrian Price Poll was sired by Parkfield Polled Napoleon, out of Cumbrian Hyacinth 661 (Poll) and topped the sale the following day realising 8,000gns to pedigree breeders, Mr John Martin, Swinlees, Ayrshire. The Walling family also claimed the reserve junior championship title and the second highest price on the day of 7,500gns for Cumbrian Pele by the same sire as the champion. The May 2020 born bull was out of the Ideal sired daughter, Cumbrian Hyacinth 885 Poll and sold to pedigree breeders G. S. McClymont, Cuil, Newton Stewart.
Two bulls made 7,000gns, the first was Darnford Positive who stood intermediate champion and reserve overall champion from Mr David Watson, Darnford, Aberdeen. He was out of Darnford Gracious, sired by Seawell Kitemark and sold to Livesey Farming, for their Cleuchhead herd of pedigree Salers at Netherfirth, Melrose. The second bull to 7,000gns was the reserve intermediate champion Rednock Prada Poll from Gill & Malcolm Pye of Rednock Estate. Prada was the last of the polled Rigel Munro sons out of Rigel Dior and again found his new home with pedigree breeders, this time in Northern Ireland, with J. J. Maguire, Drumcannon, County Fermanagh.
The Scottish Government Bull Stud, Inverness paid 6,800gns for 4th prize bull Drumsleed Panther, a Rigel Kurt son out of Rednock Athene Poll from G. & M. Smith, Drumsleed, Laurencekirk and Rednock Pacific Poll, the third prize junior bull made 6,200gns to Herries Farms, Dumfries.
T. R. C. Logan, Kilbirnie Ayrshire paid 6,000gns for the senior champion, Rednock Poseidon Poll a heterozygous polled, March 2020 born bull out of a Sagitaire daughter by Rigel Munro Poll and the reserve senior champion from the same pedigree home, Rednock Pompei made 4,000gns and sold to R. Mackie, Newhouse, Motherwell. Also at 4,000gns was David Watson’s Darnford Possibilities sired by Bacardi Nice Guy, which was purchased by J. Mitchell & Co, Greenlaw, Berwickshire and D. Murray Lyle’s Strathallan Picador which sold to pedigree breeders Rannagulzion Farms, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Senior bull section – bulls born on or between 18 October 2019 & 26 April 2020
1st & Senior champion – Rednock Poseidon Poll, G & M Pye, Rednock
2nd & Reserve senior champion – Rednock Pompei, G & M Pye, Rednock
3rd – Over Bow Paddy, B J D Lyburn, Over Bow
4th – Drumaglea Over All, P A Boyd, Drumaglea
5th – Rigel Presley Poll, Rigel Pedigree
6th – Rigel Pizzazz Poll, Rigel Pedigree
Intermediate bull section – bulls born on or between 27 April & 19 May 2020
1st, Intermediate champion & reserve overall champion– Darnford Positive, D A Watson, Darnford
2nd & Reserve intermediate champion – Rednock Prada Poll, G & M Pye, Rednock
3rd – Darnford Possibilities, D A Watson, Darnford
4th – Over Bow Pert, B J D Lybrun, Over Bow
5th – Darnford Prodigy, D A Watson, Darnford
6th – Over Bow Philpot, B J D Lyburn, Over Bow
Junior bull section – bulls born on or after 20 May 2020
1st, Junior champion & overall champion – Cumbrian Price Poll, Farmstock Genetics
2nd & Reserve junior champion – Cumbrian Pele, Farmstock Genetics
3rd – Rednock Pacific Poll, G & M Pye, Rednock
4th – Drumsleed Panther, G & M Smith, Drumsleed
5th – Marwood Pretender, R A & J Blyth, Marwood
6th – Strathallan Patrick, D M Lyle, Strathallan
|LOT||ANIMAL NAME||PRICE (gns)||SURNAME||ADDRESS|
|611||DRUMAGLEA OVER ALL||3,200||D M WALKER & SON||GIRVAN, AYRSHIRE|
|613||REDNOCK POMPEI||4,000||R MACKIE||NEWHOUSE, MOTHERWELL|
|616||REDNOCK POSEIDON POLL||6,000||T R C LOGAN||KILBIRNIE, AYRSHIRE|
|617||RIGEL PIZZAZZ POLL||3,800||MESSRS REILLY||BALQUHIDDER, PERTHSHIRE|
|618||DRUMAGLEA PERKY||3,200||LAGGANORIE FARM TRUST||CASTLE DOUGLAS, KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE|
|619||OVER BOW PADDY||2,800||W FARQUHAR||KILMARNOCK, AYRSHIRE|
|621||OVER BOW PHILPOT||2,500||J MITCHELL & CO||GREENLAW, BERWICKSHIRE|
|622||MARWOOD PASSPORT||3,600||A L DAVIES & SONS||LLANGAMMARCH WELLS, POWYS|
|623||STRATHALLAN PICADOR||4,000||RANNAGULZION FARMS||BLAIRGOWRIE, PERTHSHIRE|
|625||REDNOCK PRADA POLL||7,000||J J MAGUIRE||ENNISKILLEN, COUNTY FERMANAGH|
|626||DARNFORD PRODIGY||3,500||ALTYRE ESTATE||FORRES, MORAYSHIRE|
|627||DARNFORD POSSIBILITIES||4,000||J MITCHELL & CO||GREENLAW, BERWICKSHIRE|
|628||DARNFORD PAUL||3,000||ALTYRE ESTATE||FORRES, MORAYSHIRE|
|629||DARNFORD POSITIVE||7,000||LIVESEY FARMING||NETHER FIRTH, MELROSE|
|630||OVER BOW PERT||2,500||A MALCOLM & SON||CALLANDER, PERTHSHIRE|
|631||MARWOOD PRETENDER||3,000||A MALCOLM & SON||CALLANDER, PERTHSHIRE|
|632||CUMBRIAN PELE||7,500||G S MCCLYMONT||PANMURE, NEWTON STEWART|
|633||DRUMSLEED PANTHER||6,800||SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT||BULL STUD, INVERNESS|
|634||REDNOCK PACIFIC POLL||6,200||HERRIES FARMS||DUMFRIES,|
|635||STRATHALLAN PATRICK||3,000||MERRYMAN BROS||ROD MOOR ROAD, DRONFIELD|
|636||CUMBRIAN PRICE POLL||8,000||J MARTIN & SON||DALRY, AYRSHIRE|