Despite the challenging autumn weather and talk of poor forage stocks across the country the breeding cattle trade has remained robust in Scotland over the past week, with today’s sale of breeding cattle at Thainstone seeing 598 head change hands and in-calf heifer trade peaking at £3200 for the day’s champion from Emslies Livestock.
This Limousin cross heifer sold to Balfour Baillie, Tankerness, with other leading prices including a Limousin cross heifer from W E Thompson at £2700 and another of the same breed from the same home at £2350.
Spring calving cows were in similar demand, with prices in this section led at £3000 for a British Blue cross from Messrs Smart, Shiel.
Meanwhile at Stirling on Saturday United Auctions saw prices hit a high of £2400 for a British Blue cross heifer with a Limousin calf at foot from Messrs Lyon, Rothesay, with a Simmental cross heifer from Harehead, making the same.
In calf heifers sold to a top of £1520 for a Limousin cross heifer from Gratsale, while cows and calves were a strong trade, topping at £2700 for a Limousin cross cow with a Charolais cross heifer calf at foot from Messrs Burnett, Rhynaclach. Others of the same breed from the same home made £2500 and £2400, with Simmental cross cows with Charolais cross heifers making up to £2450.