2013 Castle Douglas Sale

25th October 2013 @ Wallets Marts

A large gathering of buyers were present at the Belted Galloway Cattle Society’s annual show and sale held at Wallets Marts Castle Douglas premises on Friday 25th October.

At the pre-sale show judge Ian Anderson of Ayrshire officiated over a very large entry. The senior heifer class had to be split, with the first prize in the first group going to Max Welters’ two year old Maximus Tiny Lives, a Tobergill King Arthur daughter out of a Killiemore cow; and the winner’s rosette in the second group going to Carolyn Fletcher’s eighteen month old heifer Barwise Mystery Mandy, sired by Whitlaw Ronaldo out of a home bred Barwise cow.

A strong class of junior heifers saw the first prize go to Douglas Crighton’s Broadmeadows Augusta, a Mosstonmuir Jaguar daughter out of Broadmeadows Faze.

In the junior bull class the competition was strong, but the result did not surprise many.  Southfield Major Ronaldo was bred by Julie Strachey out of a homebred Southfield cow and sired by the Australian bull Karandrea Ronaldo.  Major Ronaldo won male champion and overall reserve champion at both the Royal Highland and the Great Yorkshire shows this summer, so his success at Castle Douglas was always on the cards.

The junior bull class was smaller, but certainly not lacking in quality, and Mr. Anderson’s choice of Glen Barbosa was later underlined when the bull topped the sale.  Bred by Mr. I.R.S. Bond, Barbosa was out of Speddoch Kirsty and sired by Coulmony Harris.

Barwise Mystery Mandy was declared Female Champion and lifted the Borness rosebowl donated by the Sproat family which was formerly awarded at the Royal Show. Female reserve went to Broadmeadows Augusta.  Male Championship and the David Irving Perpetual Trophy went to Southfield Major Ronaldo, with Glen Barbosa in reserve.

With no bulls on show, the White Galloways were judged in one class, and both the Champion and Reserve rosettes were lifted by Messrs. Gilligan of Gatehouse of Fleet.  Champion was High Creoch Margaret 5th, bred from High Creoch Margaret 3rd by a Black Galloway bull, Excelsior of High Creoch.  Reserve was High Creoch Katie 3rd out of High Creoch Kathleen 2nd and by another Black Galloway bull, Rob Roy of Finniness.

The sale began with the Belted Galloway cows, and of 6 sold the top price of 3,300 guineas was paid by Mr. E. Belcher of Ayrshire for Douglas Crighton’s Broadmeadows Haze (lot 3), a daughter of the 2011 Highland Show supreme champion Clifton Hercules.  The average was slightly down on 2012 at 1,337 guineas.

The senior heifer class saw a unique and heartwarming departure from the normal practice, when the top price of 2,800 guineas was paid for the first prize heifer Maximus Tiny Lives (lot 19).  She was bred by Max and Liz Welters and named after the charity Tiny Lives Trust, which supports the Special Care Baby Unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.  Two years ago the Unit saved the lives of the Welters’ prematurely born twin girls, and as a mark of their gratitude the couple promised to donate the proceeds of Maximus Tiny Lives’ sale to the charity.  The market also relinquished its fees for this lot.  Buyers reciprocated with keen bidding which ended with the heifer going to Anthony and Fiona Laing of Coulmony House in Morayshire.  With twenty five heifers forward this much larger class averaged 1,486 guineas, down from 1,636 last year.

A very good show of Junior heifers saw the average rise to 1,421 guineas, 77 guineas up on 2012.  Top price here went to the show class winner, Broadmeadows  Augusta (lot 49), which was knocked down for 2,700 guineas to Mr. E. Belcher.

A much larger entry of bulls in both classes saw a poorer clearance rate, and the male champion Southfield Major Ronaldo (lot 69), which was being sold with a large qunatity of semen, failed to make his reserve.  He was bought privately by Mrs. Anne Bell for her Clifton herd.  The average price in the senior bull class was substantially up on the year, however, with 6 bulls averaging 2,383 guineas, an increase of 1,183 guineas.  Top price of 3,500 guineas was paid by Messrs A. Lawson and R. Brown of Fife for Bill and Jane Landers’ Cairnsmore Fan Dandy (lot 74).  Sired by Coulmony Coll out of Mosstonmuir Johan, he is a full brother to the highly successful show bull, Cairnsmore Domino.

Only five junior bulls were forward, and of the three sold the top price in his class, as well as for the whole sale, went to first prize and reserve male champion winner Glen Barbosa (lot 78).  Well known breeders Howe Mill Estate in Wiltshire paid 5,500 guineas for this outstanding bull.

Following the main sale of Belted Galloways came the dispersal of the Whitlaw herd of Mr. B. Walling near Selkirk.  Five cows (lots 80, 82, 84, 86 and 88) were forward, which averaged 1,360 guineas with a top price of 1,500 being paid by Mr. A. Thom of Newton Stewart for Whitlaw Broom (lot 88).  Two heifer calves at foot averaged 1,600 guineas, and three bull calves averaged 2,500 guineas.  Top price here was 3,400 paid by Tim Oliver of Northumberland for calf no. BN02499  (lot 89).

Although smaller in number this year the White Galloways enjoyed a better sale, with nine females averaging 1,194 guineas, 351 up on the year.  The White Galloway champion in the show, High Creoch Margaret 5th (lot 93), went to Mr. A. Wright for 1,600 guineas, but Tim Oliver enjoyed the best of it, with his three bulling heifers averaging 1,567 guineas, including the sale top price of 1,700 for Melkridge Titania (lot 98).


Belted Galloways Detailed Sales Figures

2012 No. Sold 2013 No. Sold 2012 Top (gns.) 2013 Top (gns.) 2012 Ave (gns.) 2013 Ave (gns.)
Cows 4 6 3,200 3,300 1,550 1,337
Senior heifers 13 25 2,700 2,800 1,636 1,486
Junior heifers 35 12 2,600 2,700 1,344 1,421
Senior bulls 1 6 1,200 3,500 1,200 2,383
Junior bulls 12 3 9,000 5,500 3,267 2,933
TOTAL 65 52

Dispersal of Whitlaw Herd of Belted Galloways

Cows 5 1,500 1,360
Heifers calves 2 1,800 1,600
Bull calves 3 3,400 2,500

White Galloways Detailed Sales Figures

2012 No. Sold 2013 No. Sold 2012 Top (gns.) 2013 Top (gns.) 2012 Ave (gns.) 2013 Ave (gns.)
Females 15 10 1,300 1,250 843 905
Bulls 2 0 1,200 - 1,050 -
TOTAL 17 10


Southfield Major Ronaldo (Male champion)

Barwise Mystery Mandy (Female champion)


High Creoch Margaret 5th (White champion)

The Welters family (centre) hand over Maximus Tiny Lives to new owner Anthony Laing (left).



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