Quality Counts at Luing Autumn Sale

Press Release

Pedigree Luing bulling heifers were bid to £1,150 at the Luing Cattle Society’s annual autumn breeding sale in Stirling on 20th October with 74 averaging £702 – down £26 on the year with five more sold.

Malcolm McCall from Inverbrora made the top bid for a pair of April 2007 born heifers from Finlay and Neil McGowan’s Dirnanean herd near Alyth. The Dirnanean herd had a strong sale with their five bulling heifers averaging £920. The Grahams of Craigdarroch, selling Luing heifers for only the second time in Stirling, averaged £874 for a very desirable offering of 13; while the Kennedy’s of Mitchellhill, Biggar, levelled at £812 for a clearance of five.

The top priced in-calf pedigree Luing came from Bruce Gilchrist of Floors Farming near Kelso. This 2006 born heifer was in-calf to Wooplaw Glen Garry and was bought for £1,250 by Ian Moncrieff, Berryhill, Dundee.

Registered summer 2006 born Sim/Luing heifers in calf to a Saler bull from Robert McNee Ltd. at Armadale again proved popular with four of the five forward going to £1,600 for Berryhill. The same buyer also snapped up some of the much sought after unregistered Simmental cross Luing heifers on offer from Colin Little at East Bracklinn, Callander – his pen of eight averaged £1,475 with the final two in the ring hitting the heights of £1,600.

Registered Sim/Luing bulling heifers went to £1,050 for a pair of Plenderleith SimLuings from Rory Bell which went to Croy Cunningham Farms, Gartness. The Plenderleith SimLuings averaged £863 for seven sold and another strong offering of SimLuings from the Borders saw Wilbert Girvan, Buckholm, Galashiels, averaging £902 for his consignment of eleven. 39 were sold to average £707 – up £101 on the year.

“There was a clear desire from buyers to only pay top dollar for quality cattle today,” said Charles Symons, Chairman of the Society. “Whilst our numbers were slightly down, our average prices are similar to last year, and much higher in the case of SimLuings. Buyers were clearly being selective with the high numbers of Luing bulling heifers on offer and it was good to see the quality cattle getting their just rewards. We can now start planning for our premier sale in Castle Douglas next February with a good degree of confidence.”

Further Information:

Johnny Mackey
Luing Cattle Society
Wester Drumlochy
PH10 6TD
Tel: 01250 873 882