With continuing uncertainty over CAP reform resulting in a general lack of confidence within the agricultural sector at present, trade at the 49th premier sale of registered Luing cattle was more selective than previous years.
Despite this, there was a good ringside of bidders from throughout the UK who were willing to pay good money for the better end of stock.
At the show in the morning the judge, Jim Caygill of Skipton, picked a pair of heifers from Messrs McNee, Benhar, as his in-calf champions. They went on to sell for 2600 guineas each to Messrs I & E Davies, Corwen, Wales.
Reserve champion in-calf heifers came from JS Murray, Rockcliffe, which sold for 2000 guineas to local enthusiast John Jardine, Fairgirth Farm.
First-time sellers Hanbury and Porritt Partnership, Lampert, lifted the bulling heifer championship with a pair of Milkieston Kojak sired heifers which made joint top price of 1700 guineas and sold to Andrew Lyth. Also at 1700 guineas were a trio of March 2012 born heifers from breed stalwarts Cadzow Bros, Luing.
Bulls sold to 6000 guineas twice for bulls from Messrs McNee, Benhar. First, Benhar Prince, a February 2012 son of Benhar Murray, sold to Philliphaugh Estates and the last bull through the ring Benhar Piper, a June 2012 son of Benhar Lennox, sold to Professor Penny, Harehead.
Sale averages: 27 in-calf heifers, average £1785(-£146 on last year); 107 bulling heifers, average £1262 (+£70 on last year); 14 bulls, average £3803 (-£892 on last year).