Perth bull sales finish on a high

UK - The annual February bull sales in Perth closed last night on a high note. The 197 Charolais bulls returned a new record average of £5,426 - up £778 on the year, with 25 more sold.
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The demand for sound commercial bulls was nothing short of astonishing, with buyers from all over the UK and Ireland bidding strongly. The conclusion has to be that there is a new sense of confidence in the beef sector.

The top price of 32,000gn came for the September 2005 Solitude Attaboy, presented by Jim McMordie, Ballygowan, Northern Ireland. The joint buyers were Bill Bruce and Adrian Ivory, Meigle, Perth, and Drew and Bob Adam, Glamis, Forfar.

Next best, at 30,000gn, was one from Esmor Evans, a Welsh farmer and vet, of Mold, near Flint, who recently exported the first Charolais bull to France in more than 25 years. His Perth sale saw Ian Thomson, Airdlin, Aberdeen, sign the cheque. At 26,000gn Evans was back in the money, selling to Wilson Strachan, Mill of Balmuad, Banff. Not far behind at 18,000gn, Peter Hackett of Co Tyrone sold to his near neighbours - McKinney Bros of Clogher, also Co Tyrone.

Source: The Scotsman

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