The Charolais and Simmental breeds took centre stage on the second weekend of the famous Stirling bull sales.
And the trade was good, with averages up on the year for both. The Simmental breed saw a total of 64 bulls sold to average £6,482, up £1,443 on the 2020 sale. This resulted in an 82% clearance to a top of 26,000gns (£27,300).
Hitting the top price was Pistyll Kingsman 19 from Welsh breeders Messrs Francis. This June 2019-born bull is sired by Woodhall Ferrari, with the dam going back to Omorga Volvo. Securing Kingsman was the Overhill House pedigree herd.
Taking the second top price for the Simmental breed was Backmuir Kraken, which hit the market at 15,000gns. This April 2019-born bull from Reece and Andrew Simmers is a son of Islavale Hamilton.
The Stronach family from Islavale farms saw their top lot, Islavale Kacy, sell for 11,500gns. This March 2019-born bull is a son of Corskie Highlander, with the dam sired by Irish-bred bull Curaheen Bandit.
In total, six Simmental bulls made five-figure sums.
While the Charolais breed did not reach the same highs, the breed did record the highest average over the two weekends of trading.
In total, 71% of Charolais bulls forward sold to average £7,121, up £347 on the year. Top of the 66 bulls sold was a 16,000gns call for Ballinlare Phantom from Wilson and sons.
This 21-month-old bull is a son of the 50,000gns Balthayock Justice and Goldies Carnival daughter Ballinlare Isis. Phantom was secured by the Newhouse and Elrick herds.
Securing the second top Charolais price of 14,000gns was Solwayfirth Peterpan from D Goldie. This son of the 11,000gns Glenericht Majestic is out of a homebred dam by Maerdy restful. The 17-month-old bull was knocked down to G M Jones.
Three bulls hit the 12,000gns price tag. First at the money was Elgin Pele from the Milne family. This senior bull was sired by Westcarse Houdini, with the dam a full-sister to the 20,000gns Elgin DaVinci.
Matching the money was Elrick Patriot from the Massie family in Aberdeenshire. This son of Maerdy Gouverneur is out of daughter of 16,000gns Thrunton Fearless.
The Massie family were also on the receiving end of the final 12,000gns bid for Elrick Poldark. Another son of Gouverneur, Poldark is a full-brother to the 25,000gns Elrick Outlaw.
In total, nine Charolais bulls sold for five-figure sums.
A total of 12 Salers bulls were traded on the day, with the average rising by £26 on the year to settle at £4,856. Trade was led in this ring by Marwood Orlando, which hit the market at 9,500gns.
This rising two-year-old bull was bred by R, A and J Blyth and was one of the last bulls by Seawell Gambler to be sold.
Out of one of the best cows in the herd, he was secured by a Mr Shennan from Ayrshire.
Hitting 7,500gns was Rednock Oregon from Gill and Malcolm Pye. This August 2019 born bull is a son of the 12,000gns Drumaglea Kes and was the choice of Crudie Farming.