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Thainstone Spectacular hits a £5200 top price


By David Porter

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The Thainstone Spectacular returned to its usual format on Friday, where a tremendous show of calves with further show potential topped at £5200 for a home-bred, Limousin cross heifer from Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry.

In total, 31 calves sold to average £1799.67 as 23 heifers averaged 404.7p per kg or £1917.39 and eight stots cashed in at 314.8p or £1461.25.

Leading the trade at £5200 was a 440kg, Limousin cross British Blue heifer from John and Craig Robertson, when sold to Lee Hopwood, 80 Yew Tree Lane, Duckingfield, Manchester.

Scaling 440kg, this 13-month-old heifer is by Glenrock Inferno, out of a British Blue cross dam sired by Strathbogie Kansas.

Andrew Anderson of Smallburn Farms, Plewlands, Duffus, received £4000 for the reserve champion heifer weighing 512kg.

Selling to Jack Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran, Keith, was a 16-month-old Limousin cross heifer by Elite Lacette, out of a British Blue cross dam.

The Logierait team also stood overall champion, champion bullock and reserve bullock champion in the pre-sale show and saw their supreme winner realise £3200 to the same buyer.

This was a 14-month-old Limousin cross heifer weighing 472kg which is sired by a British Blue cross Limousin bull.

Next best at for the Robertsons at £1400 was another by Glenrock Inferno, this time the champion bullock which sold to JWK Paterson, Low Tree Mark Farm, Stoneykirk, Stranraer.

This 13-month-old bullock scaled 461kg.

Reserve overall champion (25)from Smallburn Farms, Plewlands, Duffus
Reserve overall champion (25)from Smallburn Farms, Plewlands, Duffus

Wilson Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, Monzie, Crieff, paid £2850 for a Limousin cross heifer from Balfour Baillie, Sebay Farm, Tankerness, Orkney.

This was a home-bred April, 2020-born heifer by Ronick Laddie, out of a Limousin cross dam.

Top price in Gary Bell’s pen was £2250 for a 13-month-old Limousin cross heifer which sold to Blair Duffton, 2 Bogie Street, Huntly.

Meanwhile, Finlay Hunter from West Cairnhill, Culsalmond, Insch, sold his six-month-old Charolais cross heifer for £2200 to Ian Anderson, Grantown-on-Spey.

Thainstone spectacular prize list (prices included)-

Judge – James May, Shellwood Farm, Tardebigge.

C1 Unhaltered heifers 2020 -1 Gary Bell, Haas-side, Haas Grove, Loanings, Lockerbie (2) £1060; 2nd and reserve Charolais – A and A Wright, Lagavaich, Glenlivet (3) £2250 and 3 Gary Bell, Haas-side (4) £1180.

C2 Unhaltered heifers 2020 - 1 Gary Bell, Haas-side (6) £1380; 2 Gary Bell, Haas-side (9) £1180 and 3 Gary Bell, Haas-side (5) £1450.

C3 Unhaltered heifers 2020 - 1 and reserve British Blue – T and H MacKellar, Craigroy, Dallas, Forres (12) £1100; 2 AM Connon and Son, Skilmafilly, Auchnagatt, Ellon (10) £1600 and 3 Gary Bell, Haas-side (11) £1350.

C4 Unhaltered heifers 2020 -1 Grant Watt, Mains of Knapperna, Udny, Ellon (15) £1700; 2 AM Connon and Son, Skilmafilly (14) £1600 and 3 AM Connon and Son, Skilmafilly (13) £1510.

C5 Unhaltered bullocks 2020 - 1 and champion unhaltered – Gary Bell, Haas-side (17) £1750; 2 A and A Wright, Lagavaich (16) £1080 and 3 Gary Bell, Haas-side (18) £1700.

C6 Haltered heifers 2020 - 1 best Limousin and overall champion – J Robertson & Co, Newton of Logierait, Pitlochry (21) £3200; 2 J Robertson and Co (20) £5200 and 3 Balfour Baillie, Sebay View, Tankerness, Orkney (22) £1800.

C7 Haltered heifers 2020 - 1 reserve Limousin and reserve overall champion – Smallburn Farms, Plewlands, Duffus (25) £4000; 2 JS Baillie and Co, Sebay Farm, Tankerness, Orkney (24) £2850 and 3 and champion British Blue – Balfour Baillie, Sebay View (23) £2000.

C8 Haltered bullocks 2020 - 1 and champion bullock – J Robertson and Co, Newton of Logierait (28) £1400; 2 and reserve champion bullock - J Robertson and Co, Newton of Logierait (26) £1250 and 3 Balfour Baillie, Sebay View (29) £1850.

C9 Haltered heifers 2021 - 1 and best Charolais – WJ and M Hunter, West Cairnhill, Culsalmond, Insch (32) £2200 and 2 WJ and M Hunter, West Cairnhill (31) £900.


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