Oban Native Breed Female Sale 2012
Donald Hendry attended the Oban Native Breed Female sale on
Tuesday 23rd October 2012
I attended the Native Breed Female sale in Oban on Tuesday
as a follow on to the road show.
While the trade in general was very disappointing the vendors
of Whitebred Shorthorn cross heifers did much better than most
with strong demand for light coloured heifers.
|Old Manse Cattle in the
This sale represents the major West Coast of Scotland outlet
for particularly Highland cross heifer calves, most lots usually
going for breeding. In recent years the sale has been dominated
by Beef Shorthorn crosses. However a small selection of Simmental
and Whitebred Shorthorn cross heifers have been much sought
after and have a least matched if not bettered the Beef Shorthorn
crosses for price in recent years.
|Glen Turret Cattle in the
This year the sale suffered a substantial drop in prices across
the board. Higher numbers forward at this early sale reflected
concerns over winter feed costs and a general uncertainty in
the industry. The most marked drop in trade was in the darker
coloured (Beef) Shorthorn cross heifers. They were typically
trading at between £1.40p and £1.60p per kilo.
|Lochbuie Cattle in the Ring
The good news for the Whitebred Shorthorn consignments was
that the more obviously Whitebred cross they were (lighter
colours), the better the trade. Several notable vendors using
pedigree quality Whitebred Shorthorn bulls received a brisk
trade with averages at or just over £2.00p per kilo.
|Messrs Bannermans pen of
Whitebred Shorthorn X Highland heifers
These consignments included Glen Turret Estate with calves
sired by a Burnedge bull,
Messers Corbett of Lochbuie, Mull who are using a Lochdochart
bull and the Bannerman's from Old Manse, Balmaha who use a
Row bull. (These consignments had tops in excess of £2.50
The promotion stand received considerable interest and many
fliers were uplifted, including some supplied by the Blue Grey
Cattle Group. Several of the interested parties from the summer
shows approached to chat again - they were obviously well aware
of the interest in the Whitebred Shorthorn cross calves. I
am very hopeful we will have a few more new customers in the
next couple of years.