Bidding fierce for Galloway cattle

The parade of bulls at the Galloway sales
The parade of bulls at the Galloway sales

Wallets Marts held their annual two-day spring show and sale of pedigree Galloway cattle last Thursday and Friday.

A packed ringside of bidders were in attendance for this world famous event which drew buyers from Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland and Germany.

A good quality show of cattle were forward and trade for all classes was buoyant. Topping the bull trade at 5200 guineas was Strictly of Fingland from W Wallace & Sons, selling to John and Andrew Tullie, Bowanhill.

Champion bull was Ben Lomond Glengoyne consigned by JM & D Maxwell and bought by Messrs J Heard, Devon.

Another two bulls also sold for 4000 guineas. First was Umpire of Romesbeoch from J & S Ross which sold to Herr Mastall, Germany, and then Barlaes Lincoln from RJ McTurk sold to Messrs Dickinson.

Overall female champion was Lady Silverbell 8th of Gall-way from D & M Gall which sold to the judge David Cornthwaite, Balgray, for 4100 guineas. D & M Gall also bought the next top-priced heifer at 2700gns with Lady Silverbell 9th of Gall-way which also went to David and Rosemary Cornthwaite. Also at 2700gns was Blackcraig Moss Rose T426 from J & A Finlay and selling to Mr M McCornick, Barquhill.

Two Galloway bullocks were forward from Kilnstown selling to £1575 for one at 358kgs and £945 for the other at 344kgs.

A feature of the sale was the dispersal of the “Bents” herd on behalf of the Late D Thomson. These cattle sold in natural condition were extremely well bid for with cows and calves topping at 1550gns. In-calf heifers selling to 1380gns and bulling heifers selling to 780gns.