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New Belted Galloway breed record of 14,000gns

A 17-month-old bull from the herd of Alison Taylor set a new breed Belted Galloway breed record of 14,000gns when he went under the hammer at the society’s annual sale at Castle Douglas on Friday, October 28th, 2022.

Grassknop Idris, by Cairnsmore Fergus and a home-bred cow, Grassknop Mai, scooped the pre-sale show male champion silverware before he went out to sell for the record-breaking price tag.

He was successfully exhibited at agricultural shows and picked up the reserve breed champion rosette at the Great Yorkshire Show earlier this year.

On his heels at 9,000gns and standing second in his class was Mochrum Finnegan, a 2-year-old Mochrum Bridagier, son from Mochrum Estate.

Then, 18-month old Lomond Benromach – by Lomond 23 Alpha – found a new owner at 7,500gns on the day and behind him at 5,500gns was a stablemate, Lomond Knockandhu, a son of the aforementioned Alpha.

Female prices

Meanwhile, the female ring saw prices peak at 8,000gns – a figure that was recorded for an in-calf heifer.

Lomond Créme Brulee, by Lomond 23 Alpha, out of a home-bred dam, Lomond Princess Poppy, scanned in-calf to last year’s top-priced bull, Mochrum Earl.

She was tapped out as the reserve female champion in the pre-sale show.

At 7,000gns was another in-calf female, Lomond Rum Baba, who sold running with Mochrum Earl.

At 4,500gns was Mochrum Lias 20th, who sold four months in-calf to Mochrum Pipe Major.

According to the society, prices topped at 3,000gns at the reduction sale of the Park and Carrick Herds.

The mart recorded this sum for a five-year-old in-calf cow, Park Eva, a Barwise Jago daughter.

At 1,700gns was a two-year-old cow, Park Eliza, who went under the hammer with her 2-month-old bull calf at foot.

Spokesperson’s remarks

Speaking following the sale, the spokesperson said: “There was a good entry of cattle at the annual sale with online and ringside bids.”

“Buyers attended from all four parts of the UK, and trade was on fire with seven lots making 5,000gns or above.”

“Moreover, average prices were up on the previous year, which altogether bodes well for the breed’s future.”

“A great atmosphere and buzz prevailed around the sale ring right from the start of the sale with the first lot in the ring making 4500gns,” the spokesperson added.

Average prices: Belted and White Galloways

According to a society spokesperson, two White Galloway bulls levelled at £2,310, while six White Galloway females averaged £1,382.50.

Meanwhile, two Belted Galloway cows levelled at £2,520 and 31 breeding females changed hands for an average of £1,839.

12 in-calf heifers levelled at £3,237.50, while 12 in-calf heifers sold to an average of £3,237.50 and 11 bulls went under the hammer for an average price of £5,297.72.

According to the spokesperson, in-calf Belted Galloway heifers saw prices rise by £513, while bulls’ average was up by just under £1,240.

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