Castle Douglas Show & Sale Report

23rd October 2015


This year’s show was presided over by Council member Mr. Robert Adam, of the Bigginvale herd in Derbyshire.  Quality was very high and it was pleasing to see such a well-turned out display of cattle.

With no senior heifers forward for the sale a large contingent of junior heifers was split into three classes by age.  The first, and oldest, class was won by newly-elected Council member Dessy Henry of County Antrim with his home bred heifer Gruige Eva.  An all Irish animal by Ballylough Barry out of Fanore May, this excellent heifer showed herself very well.  Second prize went to Messrs. Ward’s two year old Whitstonehill Imp, a homebred heifer sired by the well-known A.I. bull Park Perseus.

The next class saw an equally good standard, and this time the newly-appointed herd manager of the Mochrum herd, Helen Ryman, was rewarded for her efforts with a first prize for Mochrum Caroline.  Sired by a homebred bull, Mochrum Defender, Mochrum Caroline reflects the far-reaching influence of the now dispersed Kinrea herd through her dam Kinrea Caroline.  Runner up in class two was Joe and Zan Kirk with their homebred heifer Huntfield Replay, a product of their own breeding sired by Huntfield Ollie out of Huntfield Good Friday.

The final class of heifers was a larger one and presented the judge with a considerable challenge.  The day was won by Bill and Jane Landers’ striking 15 month old Cairnsmore Ircenia Desiree Ivy, a daughter of Carsluith Geronimo out of Cairnsmore Desiree Ivy.  The Kirks also picked up second prize in this class with another homebred heifer, Huntfield Roulette.

On to the Female Championship, and a close contest resulted in Gruige Eva carrying the day.  This worthy winner picked up the Borness trophy and went on to achieve the highest price in the sale for a female at 4,000 guineas.  Reserve Female Champion was Mochrum Caroline, which went on to sell for a creditable 3,200 guineas.  Thanks are due to the sponsor of the Female Championship, Carolyn Fletcher.

Two classes of bulls were judged, and a small turnout of senior bulls saw a well-deserved win for Messrs. Ward’s homebred Whitstonehill King Kong.  Another product of Park Perseus out of a Whitstonehill cow, King Kong has enjoyed success on the local show circuit and presented a fine sight.  A close runner up was Carolyn Fletcher’s Barwise Boeing, whose impeccable breeding includes the well-known Royal Show Champion Barwise Maggie, and his sire Whitepool Kite Mark, a good example of the enduring influence of Whitepool herd, which was dispersed at Worcester in 2012.

A much larger class of junior bulls saw tight competition, but quality will out, and the deserved winner here was the Landers’ Cairnsmore Hamish.  This son of Ryehills Elliot out of Lullenden Apple Dumpling has won the male championship at all six shows he has attended this year and was overall breed champion at Wigtown show, Dumfries Show and, most impressively, the Royal Highland Show.  Not surprisingly he went on to top the sale at 7,000 guineas.  Second prize went to Duncan Maxwell’s homebred Lomond Laphroaig, which was sired by the Lomond stock bull Southfield Dun Ronaldo out of Laggish Mary.

The juniors dominated the Male Championship, with the same combination of Cairnsmore Hamish lifting the Championship and the Perpetual Trophy sponsored by David Irving, with Lomond Laphroaig as Reserve Male Champion.  The Society is grateful to our Chairman, Tim Oliver, for sponsoring the Male Championship.

That concluded an excellent show, and thanks are due to our main sponsor, Scotmin Nutrition, and all our other contributors Solway Agriculture Ltd., Dunmuir Veterinary Group, Robinsons Scotland Ltd., Kilnford Farm Shop and R.C. Dalgleish Ltd.




A considerably reduced entry for the main part of the sale was augmented by the reduction sale of the Rylestone herd of Karen Brooks in Lancashire, and White Galloways were conspicuous by their low numbers, with only two heifers being forward.  Notwithstanding that a large company of buyers turned out and the combination of very high quality animals on offer, together with the reduced numbers, resulted in a satisfactory sale in most cases.

Proceedings got off to an excellent start, with the Female Champion Gruige Eva taking the ring first.  Dessy Henry was delighted to see this lovely heifer go for 4,000 guineas to Hockenhull Farms, a relatively new member of the Society from Cheshire.  She proved to be the highest priced female in the sale, and fifth highest overall, but that did not mean the rest of the female trade was an anticlimax.  The runner up in the first class of the show, Whitstonehill Imp, made a healthy 3,600 guineas for Messrs. Ward, and was also bought by Hockenhull Farms.

Other notable heifer prices included the winner of class two in the show, Mochrum Caroline, which was bought for 3,200 guineas by the same buyer, and Hugh Sloan’s in calf heifer Speddoch Robyn, which made 2,900 guineas, again to Hockenhull Farms.  Overall the heifer trade was very encouraging, with the average almost doubling on the previous year to 1,883 guineas.

Once again the bulls saw the most spectacular prices.  The first prize senior bull from Messrs. Ward made 3,000 guineas and went across the country to Mr. Layfield of Crook in County Durham.  Both of Carolyn Fletcher’s seniors went for a respectable 2,000 guineas.  The best was saved for last, however, and once again the junior bulls drew applause for their excellent showing.  The Reserve Male Champion, Duncan Maxwell’s Lomond Laphroaig, went for 5,000 guineas to the well known Glen herd in Dumfriesshire, themselves no stranger to top price sales.  Joint second highest price of 6,000 guineas was paid for Dr. T. O’Conor’s Saltway Zebedee by Anthony and Fiona Laing for their Coulmony herd, and for Jane Landers’ Cairnsmore Indigo by Speddoch Farm Partnership, who themselves achieved the breed record price at the 2014 sale.  Jane, however, had already achieved her goal three lots before by topping the sale with the Male Champion Cairnsmore Hamish, which was knocked down for 7,000 guineas and will be learning to speak an entirely different tongue at the Devon home of Mr. C.A.W. Godfrey of Widdecombe-in-the Moor.

While the senior bulls averaged slightly less than last year at 2,188 guineas this was more than compensated for by a large increase for the junior bulls, up from 3,070 in 2014 to 4,200 guineas this year.

The reduction sale on behalf of Karen Brooks’ Rylestone herd saw an interesting variety of cattle which were both homebred and sourced from a number of other respected breeders.  2,300 guineas was paid for a homebred in calf heifer Rylestone Emily, which went to Messrs. G. & I. French in Aberdeenshire, but females with calves at foot also sold well, with 2,700 guineas being paid by for Rylestone Tiffany and her heifer calf, also by Messrs. French.

Only two White Galloway bulling heifers were forward, from R.K.G. Farms, and these both made 900 guineas to Max Welters for his Heritage herd of Whites in Cumbria.


Detailed figures for the sale:-

2014 No. Sold 2015 No. Sold 2014 Top (gns.) 2015 Top (gns.) 2014 Ave (gns.) 2015 Ave (gns.)
0 0 0 0 0 0
Senior heifers 15 0 3,000 2,800 0 0
Junior heifers 25 21 2,200 4,000 994 1,883
Aged Bulls
1 0 1,000 1,000 1,343 0
Senior Bulls
5 4 6,200 3,000 3,020 2,188
Junior Bulls
5 7 10,500 7,000 3,070 4,200
51 32


Reduction of the Rylestone herd of Belted Galloways:-

2015 No. Sold 2014 Top (gns.) 2014 Ave (gns.)
5 2,200 1,800
Heifers 11 2,700 1,655
Total 16

White Galloways

2014 No. Sold 2015 No. Sold 2014 Top (gns.) 2015 Top (gns.) 2014 Ave (gns.) 2015 Ave (gns.)
3 2 1,700 900 1,063 900
Cow & Calf
1 0 900 0 900 0