First Ever Dingwall Sale Proves Fruitful for Luing Breeders

Press Release

The inaugural sale of Luing cattle in the north of Scotland at Dingwall Auction mart on 20th May witnessed a very strong demand from new buyers. A select entry of 49 head of cattle, mainly from northern Scotland, was totally cleared with 35 pedigree Luing bulling heifers selling to average £1,542.

This sale had been added to the Premier Sale at Wallets Mart, Castle Douglas in February and the Autumn Sale at UA Stirling in October to bring the total of official Luing Cattle Society sales to three annually.

Pedigree Luing bulling heifers were bid to 2,050gns for the first pair of heifers offered from the Cadzow Brothers herd on the isle of Luing. The top price was paid by Paddy Crerar from East Lothian who was setting up a Luing herd – he went on to buy a further nine heifers at the sale. Cadzow Brothers averaged £1,911 for 10 sold. The strong trade also saw consignments from J.J. Cameron of Blair Atholl who sold five to average £1,733; F.S. Renwick from Ullapool who sold six to average £1,435; Welbeck Scottish Farms from Ousdale who sold eight heifers to average £1,326 and R.J. Wotherspoon from Aberfeldy who sold six to average £1,129. Two pedigree Luing cows were also forward with Graeme McRae’s eight year old Westwater-bred cow with a bull calf at foot selling for 1,000gns to James Colston of Arisaig Estate. Angus McCall’s five year old Culmaily-bred cow, in calf to Benhar Houston, was sold to Peter Alexander from Strathdon for 980gns who had earlier purchased four bulling heifers to add to the recently established Blackhillock herd.

Society Chairman Matthew Mauchlen commented, “We organised this sale with Dingwall Mart to enable our growing number of breeders in northern Scotland to sell to fellow beef producers who were clearly on the look out for the right type of beef breeding heifer. It is pleasing to see that the prices achieved were commensurate with the very high standard of stock put forward by the various consignors. We are very grateful to all of our members who supported this sale by consigning stock or merely travelled from far and wide to lend their support at this first sale in Dingwall. Such a strong demand for Luing females is nothing new in recent times, however, we are conscious that we must continue to meet the needs of this market by offering the right type of healthy females that will go on to become efficient, productive and hopefully profitable cows. This will always remain the main aim of our breed.”

All three bulls forward were sold with the top price of 2,600gns being achieved by Bill Miller of Welbeck Scottish Farms for the roan bull, Welbeck JJ, a two-year old son of Wooplaw Elite and out of a Luing Clachan cow. This bull was purchased by Gordon Towns of the Deveron herd in Aberdeenshire.

The healthy demand for bulling heifers continued into the cross-bred females were Angus McCall from Golspie topped with 1,150gns for a pair of Simmental cross Luing heifers. A total of seven cross-bred heifers sold to average £1,046.

Further Information:

Johnny Mackey (Secretary)
Luing Cattle Society