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Press Release on Spring Show and Sale at Castle Douglas

All Galloway Cattle will be pre tested and certified clear of Lepto and IBR at the Spring show and sale at Castle Douglas if exhibitors are not members of a Hi Health Scheme. 

The Galloway Cattle Society would like to announce that  all cattle at the premier Spring Show and Sale held at Castle Douglas on Friday 17th February 2017 will be pre tested and certified clear of Lepto and IBR also BVD accredited in line with government rules.  Chairman Mr Scott McKinnon said “this will enable both pedigree and commercial purchasers to buy with confidence and ensure that they are not compromising their own herd health”

Auctioneer Mr Robin Anderson  congratulated the Society on this new rule “Purchasers, both pedigree and commercial, want to buy breeding stock with a known health status, this new rule will ensure this and bring the Galloway breed in line with other breeds”.
Galloway cattle are one of the oldest  of the UK’s native breeds and originates from Dumfries and Galloway,   the premier sale is held in Castle Douglas every February,  this year there are 61 cattle forward, 29 bulls, 31 females and 1 steer for sale.   The judge is well known stockman Mr Robert Marshall who in partnership with the Finlays, Blackcraig purchased the record price female, Penninghame Susan.  Mr Marshall is well known in both  the show and sale rings  and has shown at both local and national shows, with much success.  

The Society would also like to announce a change to the category for the William Heughan Trophy,  this trophy was presented by Lady MacRobert in memory of the famous opera singer Mr William Heughan to the Society -  at the time it was for  the “best three heifers by the same sire”.   To enable more entries, the Society  has altered the rules to read “Best three heifers from the same exhibitor”.