I’m sure Aberdeen-Angus breeders will be hoping for a far better sale than they have experienced at Carlisle and Dungannon in the run up to Stirling, but as we all know October can be a sticky time of the year to sell bulls.
As ever there are some pretty good ones jumping out of the catalogue and with a track record for show success, the first one to set the heather on fire might be Jeremy Price’s older bull Oakchurch Diplomat J118. This Oakchurch Dominator son has had one hell of a show season in the hands of Sally and Neil Lloyd and has been admired by many ringside, so it will be interesting to see what he does come Monday.
Next up is one from surrey-based Jan Boomaars. Relatively new in to the breed, Jan has Vexour Nearmiss K293, a Wedderlie Nereside H581 son out of the Aynho Rossiter Eric daughter Wedderlie Nana G336. He also boasts a milk figure of +17 and a SRI of +50.
Next up in the seniors is one from Andrew Hodge, Rulesmains Kando L147. This ET-bred The Moss Mr Eshton D409 son is out of The Moss Florian daughter Netherton Karama E368 so has some influential bloodlines to her name. Also carries a SRI of +44.
Then it’s to Gordon Brooke’s we go next for Linton Gilbertines Phoenix Star L456. By Rawburn Enigma G653 and out of his successful show female Belhaven Pole Star H070, this one has had a successful show season from a calf and also carries a milk figure of +12 and a SRI of +42.
Looking to build off the back of their win at the Winter National Show last year, Victor and Paula Dobson have Water End Evolution L095 entered. By the herd’s successful sire Blelack Evergreat H003, this one is out of The Moss Mr Essen D413 daughter Water End Ebony H066 and is half brother to their successful Water End Betsy L090. His figures are equally strong with a milk figure of +10 and a SRI of +44.
Next up is the first of which will likely be a strong string from the Tilson family, Wedderlie Neverending L265. By Wedderlie Ermaster J781, he is out of a Wedderlie Glen More E922 daughter and carries a TSI of +46 and a SRI of +57.
As ever a couple from the Massie family’s string will no doubt catch the eye of potential buyers, particularly off the back of their successful matron’s sale this month. First up is Blelack Titan L616, a Blelack Evolution J140 son out of the TC freedom daughter Blelack Toplass F552 who is out of the Canadian bred DMM Top Lass 3G. This one has a milk figure of +17, a TSI of +40 and a SRI of +53.
Then an interesting pedigree has caught my eye in the form of Sir Moir Lockhead’s Glassel Black Kansas L870. By Wedderlie Kansas F174 this one is out of Blackbird W89 of Blelack who is a Royal Storman Norman daughter out of Red Blackbird 050 of Blelack. The figures are good, but I wouldn’t mind betting this one has some real thickness and style to him.
Then it’s with another noted breeder we turn to the first pick from the McLaren family’s pen. Netherton Mississippi L614 is by the shared successful herd sire Netherton Big Edition H460 and is out of the famous Missie line by Netherton Ronaldo. This one was reserve male champion at Perth Show.
Robert McNeil and the team from Kincardine Castle are offering their first son off the 15,000gns Blelack Krackerjack Lad H914, Kincardine Castle Exception L819. This one is out of a daughter of the 30,000gns Netherton Figo C244 and has a milk figure of +17.
If you’re in to figures and are chasing big SRI figures then Colin Davidson’s Skaill Dot.Com L423 might be the bull for you. By the noted Peter Pershore he is out of the herd’s successful Diana lie and carries a SRI of +63. Colin’s had a good run of form at Stirling of late, so this one could be one to watch.
Then it’s another from the Blelack pen to make the list, Blelack Emperor L689. This one is an ET-bred son of Peter Pershore out of Blelack Evora D988, the dam of former Stirling champion Blelack Earthquake and Blelack Evor. He also carries a SRI of 55 and a milk figure of +14.
The last on the list is one from Alistair Clark, Duncanziemere Jaguar L393. By Aln Governor D833, this one is out of the herd’s successful Jody line. He is full brother to the privately sold Jaguar J306 who was reserve male champion at the 2010 National Show.
No doubt there will be one or two we’ve not mentioned, so feel free to share your thoughts below….