Judging the Aberdeen and Northern Mart spring sale at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, was Ian Goldie, of Greenhill, Cummertrees, Annan.
Topping the trade on the day at 8,500gns was lot 47, ISLAVALE JESTER 18, bred by W S Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith, Banffshire, AB55 6LN. Sired by the well-known RANFURLY CONFEDERATE C24 11 EX 94, out of one of the 22,000gns DIRNANEAN BRADLEY 10 EX 93 daughters, sold to Gill & Co, Ross-Shire.
Securing the second top price on the day was the Champion bull LOT 50 BLACKFORD JAGUAR 18, bred by Mr W G Macpherson (A Firm), Blackford Farm, Croy, Inverness, Inverness-Shire, IV2 5PS. Sired by the noted BLACKFORD GALAXY 15, and out of a KILBRIDE FARM STRABANE daughter, sold for 5,800gns to G Ramsay, Keith.
Third top price on the day and the Reserve Champion bull was LOT 46, TILLYEVE JASON 18, bred by Messrs C & M Bruce, Tillyeve, Udny, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, AB41 6SJ. An OVERHILL HOUSE GANDHI son, out of a GRANGEWOOD COLUMBUS 11 daughter. Sold for 4,800gns to B Norburn, Freswick.
Selling at 4,200gns was LOT 51 ISLAVALE JUKEBOX 18, another from the Stronach family, and again sired by the well-known RANFURLY CONFEDERATE C24 11 EX 94, out of a CHESTERMANN VARNEY daughter, sold to Mr Alexander, Banchory.
10 Bulls sold to average £4,494, up £84 on last year