Castle Douglas Sale 2021 Report

‘It’s a Belter’ with a top price of 11,000gns

A good entry of cattle was forward at the Belted Galloway Annual sale at Castle Douglas with bids coming in online, by telephone and from the packed ringside, where buyers were in attendance from all 4 parts of the UK. Trade was on fire with 11 lots making 4000gns or above and 2 over 10,000gns. Averages were up on the previous year which altogether bodes well for the future of the Breed.

Mochrum Earl

A great atmosphere and buzz were around the sale ring right from the start of the sale. Top price of the day was 11,000gns and this was achieved for a smart two-year-old bull from Mochrum Estates, Mochrum Earl, who has an exciting pedigree and is sired by a blast from the past sire, Shiralee Moonshine, who was an Australian sire who was awarded Platinum Lifetime sire. Earl’s dam was Mochrum Lilac 4th who was full sister to the renowned show winner Mochrum Lilac 3rd. The successful bidder on the day was Duncan Maxwell and Earl will join his Lomond Herd in Drymen, Glasgow. Second highest price was for a bulling heifer from Anne Bell’s Clifton Herd, Clifton Marigold, who was sired by the homebred bull Clifton Lochinvar and out of the show winner Clifton Celandine, who won the Great Yorkshire Show in 2017. Marigold topped the female section at the price of 10,500gns and was knocked down to Andrew Ewing who was buying on behalf of a client.

Marigold

In the females the next best price was 5200gns and this was achieved for a first calved cow, Mochrum Jess, who sold along with her heifer calf, Mochrum Jojo. This very stylish duo who won 1st in the pre-sale show was sold by Mochrum Estates and purchased by Robbie Crymble for his Ballindarragh herd in Armargh, Northern Ireland. Mochrum also achieved the next best price of 5000gns for their in-calf heifer, Mochrum Jasmine, who had been running with their sire, Mochrum Stuart. Jasmine was sired by Broadmeadows Jamie and sold to Croston Hall Ltd from Lancashire. Following closely behind at 4800gns was a Dun and White heifer, Lomond Chocolate Brownie, from Duncan Maxwell, which was Reserve Female Champion in the pre-sale show. This heifer was sold in-calf to Lomond 23 Alpha and now joins the Waveney Herd of DR & NS Chapman from Norfolk. The Mourneview Herd of Adam Lawson sold two bulling heifers, Mourneview Genevieve and Mourneview Frieda, for 4700gns and 4400gns respectively, both selling to join the Wissington Herd of Mrs J Rix from Colchester, Essex.

In the Males the next top price was 4200gns for Lomond Tullibardine-Gold, an 18-month-old son of Speddoch Rocky, from Duncan Maxwell and out of Southfield Lady Ronalda. He was sold to N Race from Cumbria. Two bulls sold for the price tag of 4000gns, the first being Mochrum Ezra, a son of Mochrum Stuart, who sold to Messrs Daley from Cumbria for their Spannelbeck herd. Next at the 4000gns price tag was the Male Champion in the pre-sale show. Ballylough Gold Dust, who was a Dun and White bull from Richard Creith, sold to RKG Farms to join their Auchengassel herd at Twynholm. At 3900gns Mrs Taylor sold her bull, Grassknop Harley, to F & L McNally to join their Tullybrick Herd in Northern Ireland.

Bull Champ Creith

Female Champ

In the White Galloway section there was only one entered, Ballylough Brooke, an 18 month old stylish bull from Richard Creith. He still obtained a lot of interest and sold for 2800gns in a two-way split to T Oliver and A McMillan for their Melkridge and Woodhead Herds.

Thank you to all the sellers, buyers and under bidders for supporting the sale and making it a success.

Averages

Belted Galloways

12 Bulls - £4060.00 (+£367.50)

3 in-calf cows - £2870.00 (+271.25)

20 in-calf heifers - £2724.17 (+£99.17)

27 Bulling heifers - £2409.16 (+£535.74)

3 Cow & Calves  - £4392.50

 

White Galloways

1 Bull - £2940.00