Ringside packed for sale of Galloways

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The premier show and sale of Belted and White Galloways took place last Friday at Castle Douglas.

A packed ringside of breed enthusiasts ensured a ready demand was maintained all the way through the sale with quality sorts being especially well bid for.

At the pre-sale show the judge, Ian Anderson, from Cumnock, found his female champion in the form of Barwise Mystery Mandy, an 18-month-old heifer from Mrs Caroline Fletcher. It later sold for 2000 guineas to Messrs Tailford, Gallowhill Farm, Riding Mill. The reserve female champion from DH Crichton, Broadmeadows Augusta, went on to sell for 2700 guineas to Mr Belcher, Cloncaird Castle, Maybole. Topping the female section at 3300 guineas was Broadmeadows Haze from DH Crichton.

The male champion was Southfield Major Ronaldo from Whitlaw and Southfield which was passed out unsold at 11,000 gns. The reserve male champion was Glen Barbosa from Mr IRS Bond which sold for 5500 gns to Howemill Estate, Ramsbury, Marlborough.

Another feature of the sale was the dispersal of the Whitlaw herd of Belted Galloways which saw cows top at 1500 gns twice and bull calves reaching 3400 gns and 3200 gns while heifer calves made to 1800 gns.

White Galloways also enjoyed a buoyant trade with the champion heifer from G & K Gilligan, High Creoch, selling to 1600gns and topping at 1700 gns for one from Tim Oliver, Melkridge.

Sale averages

Belted Galloways: 1 Belted Galloway cows £3465, 1 Belted Galloway heifers and calves £1365, 34 Belted Galloway bulling heifers £1494.71, 11 Belted Galloway bulls £2381.59, 4 Belted Galloway heifers in-calf £1764.

Dispersal: 5 cows and calves £3675.

White Galloways: 1 White Galloway cow £630, 7 White Galloway bulling heifers £1455, 1 White Galloway heifer stirk £472.50.