A recent cattle auction demonstrated the strong demand from commercial producers for Limousin bulls - as the average price rose £500 over the past year.

The event was held at United Auctions Stirling Market on Monday, February 6, and the average price paid was £5,102 for 62 bulls sold.

Out of all 68 bulls put into the auction, 62 sold, representing a clearance rate of 91 per cent, one of the highest figures in recent years at Stirling.

Two bulls even made over five figures, with Goldies Lordoftherings selling for 12,000gns.

Lordoftherings came from the prolific Goldies herd of Bruce Goldie, Townfoot Farm, Mouswald, Dumfries.

The June 2015 born bull had earlier in the day secured the overall supreme and intermediate championships in the pre-sale show in front of the judge Johnathan Watson.

An embryo calf Goldies Lordoftherings is entirely homebred being sired by Goldies Fantastic, a Wilodge Vantastic son, and out of Goldies Dove.

A pedigree packed with performance Goldies Dove has previously bred bulls to 9,000gns whilst Goldies Fantastic had sired the top price at the Stirling May 2016 sale of Lomousin bulls.

Donald MacGregor from Dyke Farm in Glasgow is the proud new owner of the top priced pedigree. He said: "This was just the stand out bull on the day.

"He has power, width, plenty of volume and backs this up with a great pedigree and strong performance figures."

Judge Watson said: "The champion is a terrific bull all round. He has a lot of presence and style, carries himself well and just flows.

"He's very clean, has a great top, had great width in the plates and is full of meat coming right down into the hock.

"Having all the attributes of a breeder's bull he could very much do both jobs, pedigree and commercial, with the muscle, style and length that he has."

In total, the 62 bulls up for auction sold for an average amount of £5,102, over £500 higher than the average price the year before.