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Ervie Herefords escalate to £7,000

A fine mix of new and repeat customers converged at Mains of Airies Farm in the Rhins of Galloway for the annual Ervie Herefords spring bull sale held by the Douglas family. The sale grossed at £110,500, with prices ranging from £1,800 to £7,000.

Ervie Advance 172213 made the highest price of the day, selling at £7,000 to new pedigree breeders, Ian and Sian Houston, Newton Stewart. This big, lengthy bull sported a well-balanced set of figures including a terminal index of +33 and maternal index of +43. It is sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H and out of a top Tribute cow.

Ervie Advance 172213 sold at £7,000

Commercial breeders Messrs Hutton from Castle Douglas bid to £4,500 for yet another 1151 son, this time from the Gypsy family. Dark-coloured and stylish, this bull boasted a great set of figures combining calving-ease and growth and with a terminal Index of +34 and maternal index of +42.Ervie Advance 172314, many buyers’ favourite, with the top weights at both 200 and 400 days, sold at £5,200 to E Lewis, Salbri Herefords, Anglesey. By Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H and from the Libby family, it is well-marked and dark-coloured, with great natural thickness and power and will be used in a pedigree herd.

Coming through four lots later, Ervie Advance 172216 sold to repeat buyer Iain Wilkinson, Dundee at £3,400 for both pedigree and commercial use. Sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 131636 and from the Peach family, it had a birth weight of 38kg and was one of the largest and heaviest bulls in the sale. It will now work mainly on daughters of Ervie Advance 141836, bought for £7,200 in the 2016 sale.

Ervie Advance 172314 sold at £5,200

First bull in the ring, Ervie L1 Achiever 172218, realised £3,000 and sold to Ardlamont Estate, Argyll for pedigree use. This dark, attractive bull had a 38kg birthweight, has a straight Line One pedigree and descends from one of the first embryo flushes imported to Ervie in 2005.

Repeat buyer Mark Ogg, from Montrose parted with £3,000 for Ervie Advance 172234 - an upstanding, correct bull with thick top and loin. Sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 141753 and out of a Tribute cow, the bull goes to work alongside two previous Ervie purchases on a large, predominately Simmental commercial beef unit in Angus.

New customers, RG Elliot and son travelled up from Northampton topurchase two bulls including Ervie Advance 172231 at £2,700. This quality son of Ervie L1 Achiever 141780 is from the Crocus family and went south with Ervie Advance 172311 to use on Salers cross Shorthorn type females.

Volume buyers included A and M Smith, Brampton who bought eight bulls for an average of £2,000, High Mark Farming, Stranraer which secured eight bulls at an average of £1,962 and Dourie Farming Co., Newton Stewart which purchased 10 bulls for an average of £1,800.

Average: 48 bulls, £2,302

Auctioneers: Dumfries Auction Mart