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Quality shines at 126th spring sale

IT WAS the first time a father and daughter pairing led the judging, with veteran Jimmy Laing judging the animal classes and daughter Helen Laing judging the young handlers classes at the 126th Highland cattle spring show and sale in Oban on Sunday and Monday.

The buyers on Monday were selective but prepared to pay good prices for the right cattle. Males averaged £3,536, up £1,721 on last year (65 per cent clearance) and females were slightly back, averaging £1,365, down £32 on last year (82 per cent clearance).

Full prices and section averages can be found at the end of this show and sale report.

The Overall Male Champion of the day, taking the Craig Sellar Trophy and the W Pearson Brown Memorial Trophy for the best two-year-old bull, was a black bull, Cameron Dubh of Kelby. He was born on January 4, 2015, out of Fiona 2nd of Bien Esk and by Conan Dubh of Craigowmill.

Nine-year-old Kate Cameron from Glen Lonan came away with the best young handler for the 12-and-under age group on Sunday

Cameron Dubh comes from the home of first-time exhibitor T P Radford from Lincolnshire and was expertly shown by stockman Daniel Rowbottom, who won the Roy Cruickshank Goblet. This bull heads to the Blingery Fold in Wick for 6,500 guineas.

The Reserve Overall Male Champion and Reserve two-year-old champion winning the Caledonian Marts (Stirling) Trophy was Douglas of Rannoch, a red bull from Donald MacNaughton who has been coming to Oban for 52 years. Douglas of Rannoch, born on April 6, 2015, is by Reich of Rannoch and out of Skye 2nd of Rannoch. He travels all the way to Germany to his new home with Falko Stenberg. He was sold for 6,000 guineas.

Topping the sale was Angus Ruadh of Glengorm from past president Tom Nelson, Isle of Mull. Angus Ruadh stood first in his class, was born on March 4, 2015, and heads to Inverinate Estate for 8,000 guineas.

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