Borders farmers do well at Stirling Bull Sales

KELSO farmer John Elliot topped the female Aberdeen Angus sale at Stirling Bull Sales earlier this week.

The Elliots, of Roxburgh Mains, sold Rawburn Ellen Erica H800 for 16,000gns. Sired by DA ES RO Twister 0627, she is out of Cudlobe Ellen Erica 46D and is due to calve in March to Rawburn Elysium.

Also sold on Monday was their Rawburn Miss Princess K207 for 8,000gns, a heifer sired by Rawburn Randolph F555 out of Rawburn Miss Princess C229.

On Tuesday the top price for Aberdeen Angus bulls was 18,000gns paid for reserve champion Morven Kyle from Aberdeenshire breeder Neil Massie of Blelack.

For the Borders, Ewan Brewis of Eastfield of Lempitlaw, near Kelso sold Eastfield Black Jack L257 by Rawburn Rochester E424 and out of Eastfield Blackbird C238 for 9,000gns and Eastfield Black Birkett L258 by Rawburn Rochester E424 and out of Eastfield Blackbird C238 for 5,500gns.

Another sold for 4,500 gns, another four for 4,000gns and two for 3,500gns.

The team of John and Marion Tilson and Andrew and Wanda Hobbs of Wedderlie near Gordon sold Wedderlie Neverdie L326 by Ellin Lord Hardy H703 and out of Wedderlie Nervene J884 for 6,000gns and Wedderlie Princeider L325 by Perkhill Eagle H017 and out of Wedderlie Princeppa J768 for 4,800gns and another for 4,500gns.

The Aberdeen Angus bulls sale set a new record average at Stirling of £5,182 for 103 sold.

Beef Shorthorns followed on Tuesday afternoon when Kelso farmer James Playfair-Hannay of Morebattle Tofts was among the sale leaders with the 21-month-old roan bull Tofts Whisky E775 out of a homebred dam selling for 8,000gns.

He also sold Tofts Academical E729, sired by Tofts Jovial S147 and out of Tofts Augusta X654 for 6,500gns and homebred Tofts Wellington E707 for 3,600gns. Trade peaked at 8,500gns.