Show and Sale Oban 10th and 11th February 2019

15 January 2019

Highland Cattle Sale Oban 10-11 February 2019

With the largest catalogue entries for several years the forthcoming 128th Highland cattle sale in Oban Is already attracting serious attention from breed enthusiasts from both home and overseas.

With a total of fifty-five bulls and seventy females on offer it is likely to ensure a packed ringside.

The unique feature of the bull section is the record entry of black bulls with a total of twelve

on offer. This is by far the largest consignment of black Highland bulls at the Oban event for well over one hundred years. Gone are the days when it was nigh on impossible to find a black Highland bull in any fold. This year’s offering consists of a selection from ten leading folds which will include two from Her Majesty’s Balmoral fold along with entries from Ardbhan, Craigluscar,Cailaich,Hope, Corntown, Allanfearn and Culloden folds.

Many of the other bulls on offer will have been shown throughout last summer’s showing season and will confront each other once again in the show ring on Sunday 10 February prior to the Monday sale. They will feature the Breed Champion from the Great Yorkshire Show as well as the Overall Reserve Champion and Reserve Male Champion from the Royal Highland Show, with Champions from the Black Isle and Bigger Shows also competing for the top awards in the Oban show ring; they will be joined by others from remoter corners of the country which as yet have never graced any show ring and, as has been the case in the past, have every chance of coming out on top at the Oban event.

The female section has on offer an excellent selection in all sections and will be expected to follow on from the successful October event which saw the record price for a Highland heifer calf equaled when the Dun coloured nine month old, Sonasag 2nd of Cladich sold for 4,000gs, matching the previous record set at the first sale in the New Oban Livestock Centre on the 18th of October 1994 when the Auchnacraig fold sold Fiach of Auchnacraig to Mrs D. O. Wain for 4,000gs.

The female section features in-calf heifers from folds such as Mottistone, Craigowmill, Glengarnock and the Arbhan fold all the way from North Uist, while some of the oldest folds in the breed are featured in the bulling heifer classes such as Woodneuk and Pollok along with Borland, Hynford and the Seam fold. The two- year old classes feature folds from all corners, such as, from south of the border the Kelby fold which will compete with the Ceannacroic fold from the Isle of Islay and entries from Gray Brae, Corntown, Ashmore, Gartocharn; as well as, for the first time selling on their own account heifers from the Dempster family’s Teaghlach fold.

The yearling classes will comprise of entries from the Craigluscar, Shenavallie, Mosscairn, Glengorm, Kynedor and from the borders the Edgerston fold.

A feature of this year’s female section will be a draft consignment of thirteen in-calf heifers from Iain and Sheena Graham’s well known Killochries fold. They will go through the ring at the end of the sale in the unhaltered section and will give not only pedigree breeders an opportunity for some new genetics but should also attract breeders who focus on the production of highly popular cross highland heifers.

They will be in calf to Uilleam of Dumyat and Challenger of Mottistone.

The judging for this year’s event will be in the very able hands of Mr Haydn Alun Garton

For catalogues and further information on this year’s February Highland sale contact the Society’s office in Stirling on 01786446866.

Contact

Charlie   Telephone: 01786446866   Email: promotions@highlandcattlesociety.com

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