A renowned Northumberland farmer has returned from the Stirling Bulls Sales with another triumph.
Alan Lawson, who farms Aberdeen-Angus and pedigree Charolais cattle at South Farm at Hallington with his son Steven, fetched 11,000gns for Hallington Jack Eric N389 - the third highest price achieved on the day and the highest among the North East farmers at the event.
The bull, which was sold to Northern Irish breeders Jonathan and Lisa Doyle, is by Hallington Evo L333, and is out of Hallington Jubilee Erica L322, herself a Blelack Prince Consort A286 daughter out of one of the foundation females in the herd, Blelack Jubilee Erica D899.
“He is a very correct bull,” Mr Lawson said. “He has good flesh and confirmation throughout him and carries a milk figure of +21.
“We showed him as a youngster in May 2014, when he was reserve male champion at the Northumberland County Show. We were happy with the price he fetched.”
Based at the top of the Erring Valley, the 295-acre South Farm, which is part-owned and part-tenanted, is home to 50 pedigree Charolais and Aberdeen-Angus cows, as well as 120 crossbred ewes.
The farm suffered significant losses with hit by Foot and Mouth disease, with the Charolais being re-introduced through private purchases from the Blelack herd and then later the Burradon herd.
The Aberdeen-angus herd, which is run under the Hallington prefix, was established in 2004 with 10 in-calf heifers purchased privately from the Blelack herd before returning to the Massie family to buy a several choice cows to form a nucleus pedigree herd.
Both herds have celebrated major success in the sale ring.
Formerly the Perth Bull Sales, established in 1865, the Stirling Bull Sales are now held every February, May and October, taking place at United Auction’s new headquarters at Stirling.
Typically, they attract thousands of visitors from home and abroad and are an integral part of the farming calendar, with main pedigree breeds being sold comprising Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Charolais, Simmental, Limousin, British Blue, British Blonde and Salers.
This year, around 170 Aberdeen-Angus bulls were forward at the February event.
“The sales went quite well this year, with plenty of quality bulls,” Mr Lawson said.
“With the Angus bulls, there were about 20 more sold that last year and, although averages were down a bit, there was a good, solid trade.”
He added that he intended to have four bulls forward at the forthcoming Aberdeen-Angus sales in Carlisle in May.