C & D Auction Marts Limited conducted the Ervie Herefords Spring Bull Sale last Thursday at Dumfries Market when Harry Begg was the auctioneer.
The 31 naturally reared and outwintered Hereford bulls, from Ervie, Kirkcolm, all sired by imported Line One Hereford bulls, sold from a high of £7200 to a low of £1800 and averaged £2674.19 (Up £321.69 on the year.)
High seller was Ervie Advance 141836, going to work in the Redstroke herds of Herefords and Limousins owned by Iain and Jennifer Wilkinson from near Perth. The sire of this high performance individual is Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H.
Second top price of £4800 was for Ervie Advance 141781 sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 81035C. He sold to regular buyer Robert Parker, Drumdow along with Ervie Advance 141851 at £3500 for Black Baldie production.
Matching the £3500 price was Ervie Advance 141799, again sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H, he went to repeat buyers, R & M Reid, Caddell Farm, Saltcoats, Ayrshire.
Volume buyer for their large dairy herd was Glenapp Estate, Ayrshire taking six bulls.
The sale drew bidders and buyers from across the country with quite a few new customers mingled amongst the many repeat bull buyers. Bulls are heading for Orkney, Skye, Aberdeen, Perthshire, Scottish Borders and Yorkshire as well as many spread throughout Dumfries & Galloway.
Commenting on the sale afterwards, Ervie herd owner John Douglas said: “We are well aware of the current dire financial restraints affecting everyone in farming this year, but this was the largest crowd we have drawn to our sale to date. Although definitely sticking to a budget, there was an air of determination, and buyers were paying attention to the performance and calving-ease data provided and buying bulls specifically to suit their breeding requirements. It was great having so many top cattlemen from both beef and dairy backgrounds, comparing and exchanging views and searching for useful genetics to use on a host of different breeds and crosses. Every bull was on the market at £1800 and I take this sale as a definite vote of confidence on the breeding consistency of our Line One Hereford genetics.”