In-calf heifers sold to an average of £2,230/head at the dispersal of the Aidansfield herd of pedigree Salers in Northumberland, England.

The sale, one of the largest Salers dispersals ever seen in the UK, saw 41 in-calf heifers sell to a top price of 2,800gns and 88 cows sell to an average of £1,929, with a top price of 3,100gns.

There were also 15 yearling heifers sold to an average of £1,592 and four stock bulls which averaged £3,806, with a top price of 5,500gns.

The herd had been built up by Conor Colgan, who tragically died in November last year. Originally from Northern Ireland, Conor had developed a state-of-the-art research station at his farm in Lowick, Northumberland, which was focused on feed efficiency, genetic improvement and carbon reduction.

P & R Burbage of Oakfields Farm recognised the quality of stock on sale and invested in 34 females to join their Salers herd based in Northampton.

They also purchased the top-priced animal of the day, the stock bull Cleuchhead Kingpin, a Drumlegagh Brandon son out of Cleuchhead Jolie 8th, for 5,500gns. This bull is from the line of Gitan, a very influential sire in France.

Kingpin himself won his class at the Royal Highland Show in 2016 and was overall champion at the Salers Cattle Society premier sale the same year.

Taking the second-highest price of the sale was Tolquhon Napoleon, a July 2018 stock bull by Sligo Ohmy out of Garou-sired dam Tolquhon Amber. This bull went home to J M Aitken, Carlopshill, Penicuik, for 5,000gns.

There were 88 cows forward for sale and taking top spot in this section was the 2016-born Lowick Hall Granada. By Tolquhon Trafalgar and out of Lowick Hall Charlotte, she sold for 3,100gns to pedigree breeder Murray Lyle of Mid Cambushinnie, Dunblane, for his Strathallan herd.

Murray Lyle also purchased the imported French cow Joice, a daughter by Atchoum out of Colombe, for 2,500gns and Tolquhon Trafalgar-sired cow Lowick Hall Galant for 2,400gns. Both were in-calf to Gourmand.

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