Uncertainty reflected in cattle sale

With continuing uncertainty over CAP reform resulting in a general lack of confidence within the agricultural sector at present, trade at the 49th premier sale of registered Luing cattle at Castle Douglas was more selective than previous years.

Despite this, there was a good ringside of bidders from throughout the UK who were willing to pay good money for the better end of stock.

At the show in the morning the judge, Jim Caygill of Skipton, picked a pair of heifers from Messrs McNee, Benhar, as his in-calf champions. They went on to sell for 2600 guineas each to Messrs I & E Davies, Corwen, Wales.

Reserve champion in-calf heifers came from JS Murray, Rockcliffe, which sold for 2000 guineas to local enthusiast John Jardine, Fairgirth Farm.