The 31st annual premier show and sale of pedigree and commercial Salers was held at Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November 2022 and was kindly sponsored by the Farmers Guardian.
Buyers were shrewd, taking the strategic decision to invest in the pedigree bloodlines which saw all pedigree sections increase their averages on the year. There was a strong demand for both the females and males with many finding new homes in pedigree herds. The junior champion, male champion and overall champion, Bacardi Rodney from Roy and Adam Crockett, a grandson of the successful show cow Bacardi Jessie Jay who was a Royal Highland Show and Great Yorkshire Show Champion, was purchased by Rusko Farms, Gatehouse of Fleet for 7,000gns. The Austin family, this time for Boreland of Girthon, Gatehouse of Fleet also purchased the sale leader at 9,000gns, reserve senior champion, Drumaglea Perseus, a Cantal sired October-2020 bull out of Drumaglea Bella from Judith and Patrick Boyd.
The show took place on Friday 4th November 2022 and was judged by Mr Glen Welsh, farm manager at Garpel Farms. The farm extends to over 6,500 acres of mostly hill ground where they run 1500 Blackface ewes and 70 predominantly Salers cross Galloway cows.
In the haltered pedigree female section Glen found his female champion in the junior female champion, Gentons Renate a Murphy sired February-2021 daughter out of Orientale from first time exhibitor at the Premier show and sale, Mr Bertie Facon, she sold for 2,100gns. Standing reserve overall female was the reserve junior female champion, Lisnamaul Rascal from P J Maginn & Sons, Northern Ireland, a Herbin sired daughter out of Lisnamaul New Look, who sold to A & J Wright, Trayboyack Salers, Girvan for 2,500gns. In the senior female section Rigel Pedigree were champion with Rigel Pascelle, out of Rigel Pascal Poll, by Lascaux and sold in-calf to Rigel Pudsey Poll for 1,800gns to Messrs Armour, Borgue, Kirkcudbright.
There were three pedigree production drafts forward from Allison Devereux Farms, Harperley Salers, County Durham, Patrick and Judith Boyd, Drumaglea, Isle of Tiree and Gerald and Morag Smith, Drumsleed Salers, Laurencekirk.
Topping the production sale was Drumaglea who commanded the top price in the female section with Drumaglea Pearl, a September-2020 heifer by Baron, out of Drumaglea Yo-Yo, she sold in calf to Variegeois, to pedigree breeder M. Dumbreck, Skelton-on-Ure, North Yorkshire. Drumaglea Prancer, a Hibou daughter born in October-2020 sold for 3,800gns to A & J Wright, Trayboyack Salers, Girvan and J & J Craig, West New House, Strathaven paid 3,500gns for a Baron daughter, Drumaglea Portia out of Drumaglea Marianne.
Harperley Salers sold Harperley May Mist 4 a Mistral daughter with an April born Harperley Onyx heifer calf at foot for 3,400gns to E James & Co, Henbant, Ceredigion and Harperley Trippy, a Rigel Pluto sired heifer out of Lagune with Harperley Suzanne at foot for 2,600gns to Messrs Armour, Borgue, Kirkcudbright.
Drumsleed’s production sale was led by, Drumsleed Rose, a June-2021 daughter by Cleuchhead Outlaw, at 2,600gns to Lewis Ralston, Jedforest Livestock, Jedburgh, and another Outlaw daughter, Drumsleed Rainbow, out of Cleuchhead Gentle, born in May-2021 sold for 2,000gns to J Dowds, Moorfields, Co. Antrim.
There was 90% clearance in the pedigree female section.
11 in calf heifers achieved a top price of 4,800gns and an average of £3035.45, (+£675.57 on 2021)
8 pedigree bulling heifers realised 2,800gns and an average of £2191.88, (+£433.14 on 2021)
8 Heifers with calves at foot topped at 3,400gns an averaged of £2572.50, (+£210 on 2021)
Sharing the second top price spot of 7,000gns with the overall champion, was the intermediate champion, reserve male champion and reserve overall champion, Cleuchhead Rocky a Nomad son from Livesey Farming who was purchased by Messrs Lawrence, Blackpots, Aberdeenshire. The Livesey family sold 4th prize winner, Cleuchhead Red Rocker a Noble sired son out of Cleuchhead Mhairi for 6,500gns to H G & S G Pritchard, Llangybi, Gwynedd. Also at 6,500gns Judith & Patrick Boyd sold their Sancy sired son, Drumaglea Prince to A & J Wright, Trayboyack Salers, Girvan. The final bull forward from Livesey Farming, Cleuchhead Ranger, a March-2021 son by Bacardi Normandy was purchased by F C Robinson & Sons, for their Preenbank herd of Salers, Shropshire for 5,800gns. Angus and Kerry Gowthorpe, from Escrick York sold the reserve intermediate champion, Approach Farm Rocky a Seawell Lithium son for 4,800gns to R & L Howat, Kinnaird Farm, Dairsie.
Fifteen bulls sold with a clearance rate of 79% and a top price of 9,000gns to an average of £5,185.33, (+£296.27 on 2021)
Leading the overall commercial trade was A R Lee, Lumbylaw at £2750 for three in-calf heifers to I Stark, South Ballo, Abernyte. Lumbylaw also sold three 22 month in-calf heifers at £2500 and three 18-month-old in-calf heifers at £2300 to Messrs Armour, Ingleston Farm, Borgue. Messrs Armour also purchased the top priced consignments from J Martin & Son, Swinlees paying £2200 for three in-calf heifers. R. A. Austin, Boreland of Girthon, Gatehouse of Fleet sold two in-calf heifers at £1950 to I Stark, South Ballo, Abernyte and Rusko Farms trade peaked in the in-calf section at £1800 for three 19-month-old females to J & A Dunlop, Ashfield, Maybole.
The best pen of commercial Salers won the Willie Davidson trophy and came from Livesey Farming who sold the five bulling heifers for the top price in that section at £2000 apiece to R & M Dunlop, Pinvalley Farm, Barr. The reserve pen of commercial Salers was awarded to the McClymont family of the Cuil. Cleuchhead also realised £1700 for four bulling heifers to G W Woolhouse, Ravenfield, South Yorkshire and £1550 for eight bulling heifers to W D Stephen, Meikle Geddes Farm, Nairn.
The Firm of Andrew M Brown, Drumhumphry, Corsock, led the heifer stirk trade at £1250 for two and Boreland of Girthon sold six at £1150.
228 commercial females were forward and sold with 99% clearance
137 Bulling heifers sold to a top of £2,000 and an average of £1,287.23 (-£52.77 on 2021)
29 heifer stirks sold to a top of £1250 and an average of £998.28 (-£195.05 on 2021)
62 In-Calf Heifers sold to a top of £2,750 and an average of £1,773.39 (-£175.14 on 2021)
Class 1 – Senior Females
1st & Senior Female Champion – Rigel Pascelle, Rigel Pedigree
Class 2 – Junior Females
1st & Junior Female Champion (Maxwell Cup) – Gentons Renate, Bertie Facon
2nd & Reserve Junior Female Champion – Lisnamaul Rascal, P J Maginn & Sons
3rd – Gentons Royale, Bertie Facon
4th – Gentons Rosette, Bertie Facon
Gentons Renate, Bertie Facon
Reserve Female Champion
Lisnamaul Rascal, P J Maginn & Sons
Class 3 – Senior Bulls
1st & Senior Male Champion – Strathallan President, D. Murray Lyle
2nd & Reserve Male Champion – Drumaglea Perseus, J & P Boyd
3rd – Drumaglea Pinky, J & P Boyd
4th – Drumaglea Prince, J & P Boyd
Class 4 – Intermediate Bulls
1st – Approach Farm Rocky, A & K Gowthorpe
2nd – Rednock Rodney Poll, Rednock Estate
3rd – Approach Farm R2-D2, A & K Gowthorpe
4th – Kaimburn Ronaldo, Edgerston Tradining (2006) Ltd
Class 5 – Intermediate Bulls
1st – Cleuchhead Rocky, Livesey Farming
2nd – Cleuchhead Ranger, Livesey Farming
3rd – Rigel Radagaste Poll, Rigel Pedigree
4th – Whitebog Roger Polled, A MacKenzie
Cleuchhead Rocky, Livesey Farming
Reserve Intermediate Champion
Approach Farm Rocky, A & K Gowthorpe
Class 6 – Junior Bulls
1st & Junior Champion – Bacardi Rodney, Roy & Adam Crockett
2nd & Reserve Junior Champion – Lisnamaul Rebel, P J Maginn & Sons
3rd – Bacardi Rocky, Roy & Adam Crockett
4th – Cleuchhead Red Rocker, Livesey Farming
Bacardi Rodney, Roy & Adam Crockett
Reserve Male Champion
Cleuchhead Rocky, Livesey Farming
Overall Show Champion
Bacardi Rodney, Roy & Adam Crockett
Reserve Overall Show Champion
Cleuchhead Rocky, Livesey Farming
Best Polled Animal
Rednock Rodney Poll, Rednock Estate
Pedigree Sale Results
|Lot||Animal Name||Price (gns)||Price (£)||Buyer|
|2||Rigel Pascelle||1800||1890||Messrs Armour, Borgue, Kirkcudbright|
|4||Gentons ROYALE||2800||2940||J E & E A Elliott, Drumlegagh, Northern Ireland|
|5||Gentons RENATE||2100||2205||Eugene Gallagher,|
|6||Lisnamaul Rascal||2500||2625||A & J Wright, Trayboyack, Girvan|
|9||Harperley Trippy||2600||2730||Messrs Armour, Borgue, Kirkcudbright|
|10||Harperley May||2200||2310||A. Orr & L Wight, Carlaw, Tarbrax, West Calder|
|11||Harperley Hazybird||2400||2520||S Thompson, Omagh, Co. Tyrone|
|12||Harperley Hazy||2400||2520||W F & H Logan, Maxwelston, Girvan|
|14||Harperley Gobi Mist||1900||1995||Messrs Armour, Borgue, Kirkcudbright|
|15||Harperley May Mist 2||2300||2415||I Stark, South Ballo, Perthshire|
|16||Harperley May Mist 3||2400||2520||I Stark, South Ballo, Perthshire|
|17||Harperley May Mist 4||3400||3570||E James & Co, Henbant, Ceredigion|
|18||Drumaglea Pearl||4800||5040||M Dumbreck, Skelton-on-Ure, North Yorkshire|
|19||Drumaglea Portia||3500||3675||J & J Craig, West New House, Strathaven|
|20||Drumaglea Prancer||3800||3990||A & J Wright, Trayboyack, Girvan|
|21||Drumaglea Phantom||2400||2520||C & A Kennedy, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim|
|22||Drumaglea Patricia||2700||2835||L Howat, Coylton, Ayrshire|
|23||Drumaglea Popcorn||2400||2520||I Stark, South Ballo, Perthshire|
|24||Drumaglea Pixie||2500||2625||J & J Craig, West House Farm, Strathaven|
|25||Drumaglea Rachel||2600||2730||P J Maginn & Sons, Lisnamaul, Northern Ireland|
|26||Drumaglea Ruth||3200||3360||M Smith, Kells, County Antrim|
|27||Drumaglea Roma||2100||2205||A. Orr & L Wight, Carlaw, Tarbrax, West Calder|
|28||Drumsleed Phoenix||1700||1785||Messrs Armour, Borgue, Kirkcudbright|
|29||Drumsleed Ramona||1400||1470||Messrs Armour, Borgue, Kirkcudbright|
|30||Drumsleed Rainbow||2000||2100||J Dowds, Moorfields, Co. Antrim|
|31||Drumsleed Reese||1600||1680||Messrs Armour, Borgue, Kirkcudbright|
|32||Drumsleed Rose||2600||2730||L Ralston, Jedforest Livestock, Jedburgh|
|36||Drumaglea Pinky||2800||P J Maginn & Sons, Lisnamaul, Northern Ireland & Seamus Connell, Ballykeel, Rathfriland, Co. Down|
|37||Drumaglea Prince||6500||6825||A & J Wright, Trayboyack, Girvan|
|38||Drumaglea Perseus||9000||9450||R A Austin, Boreland of Girthon, Gatehouse of Fleet|
|39||Drumaglea President||5600||J Dowds, Moorfields, Co. Antrim & M Smith, Kells, County Antrim|
|40||Approach Farm Rocky||4800||5040||R & L Howat, Kinnaird Farm, Dairsie, Fife|
|41||Approach Farm R2-D2||2400||2520||N & D Austin, Rusko Farms, Gatehouse of Fleet|
|46||Cleuchhead RANGER||5800||6090||F C Robinson & Sons, Preenbank, Shropshire|
|49||Rigel Radagast Poll||4000||4200||March & Lobban, Muncraig, Kirkcudbright|
|50||Cleuchhead ROCKY||7000||7350||Messrs Lawrence, Blackpots, Aberdeenshire|
|51||Bacardi Rocky||3000||3150||J McIntosh, Genoch Mains, Dunragit|
|52||Lisnamaul Rebel||2600||A Henry, Knockallan, Castle Douglas|
|53||Rednock Romeo||3800||3990||J & A McCornick, Drumjargon, Wigtownshire|
|54||Cleuchhead RED ROCKER||6500||6825||H G & S G Pritchard, Llwyngwyn, Gwynedd|
|55||Rednock Rab||3800||3990||A M S Robinson, New Hall, Staveley, Cumbria|
|56||Bacardi Rodney||7000||7350||N & D Austin, Rusko Farms, Gatehouse of Fleet|