Record Prices For Salers at Annual Sale

UK - The 18th Annual Salers Society Premier Show and Sale on Saturday 7th November at Wallets Mart, Castle Douglas once again saw new records for the top prices achieved and averages, building on the very successful sale of Salers cattle at the Perth Bull Sales in mid-October.
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The buoyant confidence of breeders is being stoked by the strength of demand from commercial farmers wanting Salers X heifers as replacements for their suckler herds.

This was amply evidenced by the prices achieved for the 211 Salers X heifers offered at the beginning of the sale, where bulling heifers averaged £868 (top of £1060), and heifer stirks averaged £897 (top of £1080), with an overall average of £882 (+£243). In addition to buyers from all over Scotland, batches of Salers X heifers made their way to Northumberland, Cumbria, North and Mid Wales, and as far south as Cornwall.

Female Champion and Overall Show Champion: Rigel Alicia, lead by Alicia Pye.

Leading the pedigree females was the Female Champion and Overall Show Champion, Rigel Alicia from Messrs Pye, Yarm, North Yorkshire, who set a new UK record for a female at a Society Sale when the hammer fell at 5000 gns to the show judge - Patrick Boyd. She travels to the Isle of Tiree to join his 20 cow pedigree herd, which already includes Rigel Mithril, who was the top priced heifer at the 2007 Premier Sale.

Alicia is by Sagitaire, who has bred many champions for the Pyes since they imported him from France in 2002. Now 20 months, she had a successful 2008 show season, which included taking the Junior Female and Reserve Female Champion at the final Royal Show, Junior Female Champion at the Royal Welsh Show, and AOPB Champion at the Stokesley Show.

Leading the trade and setting a new UK record price for a Salers bull at a Society sale at 8000 gns was April ‘08 born Cleuchhead Xerox from Rob & Kath Livesey who run an 80 cow pedigree herd at Lilliesleaf, Melrose. Xerox, who is by the imported bull, Valentin, was the Junior Male Champion, and joins the Cuil herd of Messrs McClymont, Newton Stewart. A second Valentin son made 7200 gns, selling to Alun Jones, Talsarnau, Gwynedd. The Male Champion, Seamore Dandare, a 21 month old son of Ultra, from Sophie & James Manners, Denholm made 5800 gns. A total of 22 bulls sold is the best result since 1996, when 23 bulls were sold.

The sale of 22 bulls averaged £3731 (+£371), 14 females averaged £2843 (+£601) and overall the average was £3385 (+£451).

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