Aberdeenshire breeder David Watson from Darnford near Banchory reigned supreme at Stirling Bull Sales, February-2023. Judge John Wildman, who is farm manager at Glenkiln Farms, a mixed livestock unit consisting of circa 800 suckler cows in Dumfries, picked out Darnford Ross, as his intermediate champion, before tapping him out as the overall champion. Darnford Ross a Bacardi Nice Guy sired bull out of homebred Darnford Faith was born in April-2021. John went on to back his decision, buying Darnford Ross the following day for the top price of 6,000gns.
12 Salers bulls sold to a top price of 6,000gns with an average of £4235, -£574 on 2022 and a 57% clearance. However, there was a 100% clearance for the Cleuchhead female production draft where five, myostatin free, in-calf heifers sold to a top of 2,500gns with an average of £2310.
The reserve overall championship spot was awarded to the senior champion from Gill and Malcom Pye’s Rednock herd at Rednock Estate, Port of Menteith, Stirling. Rednock Reggie, a March, 2021-born bull out of Rednock Breeze was sired by the 12,000gns Drumaglea Kes. He sold to Mr A Young, Girvan Mains, Ayrshire for 4,000gns, alongside another Drumaglea Kes son, Rednock Radar born in April-2021, who stood reserve intermediate champion at 4,800gns.
The reserve senior champion went to Approach Farm Roar, from Angus Gowthorpe, with a February 2021-born bull by Seawell Lithium, out of the homebred show heifer Approach Farm Narnia. G Brown & Sons, Stoneypath, East Lothian purchased this bull for 2,500gns.
The junior section was won by Black Isle breeder, Alister MacKenzie, from Whitebog, Fortrose, who secured the second highest sale price of the day, 5,500gns. Whitebog Robert, a July-2021 born son of Whitebog Lascar, out of Whitebog Ivana was purchased by The Scottish Government Bull Stud, Inverness. They also purchased Cumbrian Rolex Poll, a Parkfield Polled Nobel son from Farmstock Genetics for 3,000gns. Murray Lyle, from Mid Cambushinnie Farm, Dunblane, took the reserve junior title with his April-2021 born, Seawell Nobleman sired son, Strathallan Robbie, out of Seamore Hosann.
Beoch Farms, Stranraer purchased three of the five Cleuchhead production females, the first a Nomad daughter, Cleuchhead Gentle 1599 in-calf to Cleuchhead Renegade for 2,500gns, at 2,200gns was Cleuchhead Corolle 1646 again in-calf to Cleuchhead Renegade and finally Cleuchhead Magalie 1690 sired by Noble, in-calf to Cleuchhead Raptor for 2,100gns. J M Fisher Ltd, Meikle Larbrax Stranraer secured two Cleuchhead Outlaw daughters, Cleuchhead Hope 1608 in-calf to Cleuchhead Raptor and Cleuchhead Gentle 1630, in-calf to Cleuchhead Renegade for 2,000gns and 2,200gns respectively.
Overall Champion – Darnford Ross, David Watson
Reserve Overall Champion – Rednock Reggie, Rednock Estate
Senior bull section – bulls born on or between 16 January 2021 – 24 March 2021
1st & Senior champion – Rednock Reggie, Rednock Estate
2nd & Reserve senior champion – Approach Farm Roar, A & K Gowthorpe
3rd – Approach Farm Rudy, A & K Gowthorpe
4th – Rednock Ronnie, Rednock Estate
5th – Rednock Rocky, Rednock Estate
6th – Rednock Rodney Poll
Intermediate bull section – bulls born on or between 25 March 2021 – 14 April 2021
1st & Intermediate champion– Darnford Ross, David Watson
2nd & Reserve intermediate champion – Rednock Radar, Rednock Estate
3rd – Whitebog Roger Polled, A MacKenzie
4th – Darnford Rosco, David Watson
5th – Darnford Rudy, David Watson
6th – Cleuchhead Rooster, Livesey Farming
7th – Cleuchhead Raptor, Livesey Farming
8th – Darnford Rocky, David Watson
Junior bull section – bulls born on or after 15 April 2021
1st & Junior champion– Whitebog Robert, A MacKenzie
2nd & Reserve junior champion – Strathallan Robbie, D. Murray Lyle
3rd – Rigel Rollo, Rigel Pedigree
4th – Cumbrian Rambo Poll, Farmstock Genetics
5th – Cumbrian Rolex Poll, Farmstock Genetics
6th – Strathallan Rennie, D. Murray Lyle
7th – Drumsleed Ricardo, G & M Smith
|147||Approach Farm Roar||2,500||G Brown & Sons||Stoneypath, East Linton|
|150||Rednock Reggie||4,000||A Young||Girvan Mains, Ayrshire|
|151||Rednock Ronnie||4,000||J Shennan||Knockgerran Farm, Ayrshire|
|152||Rednock Rodney Poll||4,800||J C McLaren||Dargill, Perthshire|
|156||Rednock Rocky||4,800||Ferguson Brothers||Gillandersland Farm, Linlithgow|
|162||Rednock Radar||4,800||A Young||Girvan Mains, Ayrshire|
|164||Darnford Rosco||3,000||G Ritchie & Sons||Montalt, Perthsire|
|165||Darnford Ross||6,000||Glenkiln Farms||Bettyknowes, Dumfries|
|170||Drumsleed Ricardo||3,000||A & K Gowthorpe||Approach Farm, York|
|172||Cumbrian Rambo Poll||3,000||T Carter||Torkirra, Kirkcudbrightshire|
|173||Cumbrian Rolex Poll||3,000||Scottish Government Bull Stud||Inverness|
|176||Whitebog Robert||5,500||Scottish Government Bull Stud||Inverness|
|177||Cleuchhead Gentle 1599||2,500||Beoch Farmers||Beoch, Stranraer|
|178||Cleuchhead Hope 1608||2,000||J M Fisher Ltd||Meikle Larbrax, Stranraer|
|179||Cleuchhead Gentle 1630||2,200||J M Fisher Ltd||Meikle Larbrax, Stranraer|
|180||Cleuchhead Corolle 1646||2,200||Beoch Farmers||Beoch, Stranraer|
|181||Cleuchhead Magalie 1690||2,100||Beoch Farmers||Beoch, Stranraer|