Castle Douglas 2023 Show & Sale Report

Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas
Friday 27th October 2023

‘Breed Record Smashed and the bull average breaks the £7000 barrier’

A good entry of cattle was forward at the Belted Galloway Annual show and sale at Castle Douglas. Bids were coming in thick and fast with buyers in attendance from all 4 parts of the UK. Trade was on fire with 4 lots making 10,000gns or above. Averages were up on the previous year which altogether bodes well for the future of the Breed.

A great atmosphere and buzz were around the sale ring right from the start of the sale with the first lot in the ring making 2500gns. For the second year the breed record has been broken and this year the new record set at 20,000gns. This was achieved for the pre-sale Male Champion, a very smart 2-year-old bull from Mr James Jack, Dornells, Castle Douglas, Glen King, who had been bought at foot with his Dam privately from the Glen Herd. King is sired by Lipwood Machermore and out of Glen Becky who goes back to Muil Maggie. The successful bidder on the day was Mochrum Estates from Port William buying for their Mochrum Herd. Second highest price was for another bull this time from Duncan Maxwell for his 18-month-old bull Lomond Aberlour who was third in his class and sold for 12,000gns. He is sired by the homebred bull Lomond 23 Alpha ET and out of Lomond Rock Rose and was knocked down to Sir JCL Keswick, Dumfries for his Muil Herd. 10,000gns was bid for the 2-year-old bull Woodhall Douglas from Redvers Bell, Northumberland and he was knocked down to James Pritchard from Rochester for his Evistones Herd. Douglas is sired by Offthewall Tiberius and out of Offthewall Cymene.

In the females the top price was 10,000gns and this was achieved for a bulling heifer, Croasdale Tawny Owl, from the Handley Family. This smart heifer was sired by Lomond Whisky Galore and out of a homebred cow Croasdale Oh Marty and was purchased by Mervyn Forster from the West Midlands for his Elgany Herd. Tottingworth Farms travelled up from East Sussex and achieved the next best price in the females which was 5,000gns for their heifer Tottingworth Aysha 3rd. Aysha 3rd won her class in the pre-sale show and had been successfully shown winning the title of Junior Female at the Royal Highland Show earlier this year. She sold to Allan and Susan Campbell, Argyll for their Crawlaw Herd. Next best price was for Mochrum Justy 10th an in-calf heifer from Mochrum Estates who sold for 4600gns. She was in calf to Romesbeoch Raymond and sold to Messrs Hodgson from Penrith for their Glencoyne Herd. Champion female in the pre-sale show was Cessintully Islay sired by Coulmony Callum from W. Allan. She went on the sell for 3000gns to Harry Irvine, Northern Ireland.

In the Males the next best price was 8000gns and this was achieved 3 times. The first one was Polbae Bernie, a red and white bull from Richard Wilson, sired by Ryehills Elliot and out of Polbae Bonnie 2nd. He sold to Brian Edgar from Northern Ireland for his Broomhill Herd. Next was Ballindean Marcus from Diana Rettie, this Lomond Glayva son sold to Chris and Christine Ryder from Yorkshire for their Scaifehall Herd. The third at the price tag of 8000gns was Mochrum Genesis, which was reserve male champion at the pre-sale show, he is a Romesbeoch Raymond son from Mochrum Estates who sold to Paul Atkinson, Lancashire for his Sweetwell Herd.

There was only one White Galloway entered this year and this was a heifer from Doug and Tracy Ross Peepings Eyebright. She is sired by Romesbeoch Boris and out of Peepings Wild Rose and sold for 2000gns to Ivan Rae, Northern Ireland.

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



11 Bulls - £7693.63 (+£2395.91)
5 in-calf heifers - £3738.00 (+£500.50)
13 Cows with calves at foot - £1494.23
29 Bulling heifers - £2382.41 (+543.22)


1 Females - £2100


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