John, Alexandra and family sincerely thank all those who attended their Spring Bull Sale on Thursday 14th February
and made it a success. We are delighted to have recorded a top price of 7000
and wish all who bought bulls a resounding success with their purchases.

  Sale Topper :- Ervie Advance 172213  

  Sired by L1 Achiever 91151H.
Good luck to Ian and Sian Houston with their “Ervie” herd sire for their new “Culbae” Hereford herd!
48 bulls were presented with 100% ring clearance to average 2303.
Read a full report of the sale here.

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Group of heifers spring 2015Ervie Lisette E994 and spring 2015 heifer

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NATURALLY DEVELOPED BULLS- the very best from our 165 Cow Herd.
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Ervie Herefords are one of the leading UK Hereford Cattle Breeders.

Selling all classes of Hereford cattle including pedigree Hereford bulls and females
together with commercial Herefords.

Ervie Spring Bull Sale 2019 Report

48 Hereford bulls grossed 110,500. Price range : 1800 - 7000. Average 2302.

14th February 2019 saw a fine mix of new and repeat customers converge on Mains of Airies farm in the Rhins of Galloway
for the annual Ervie Herefords Spring Bull Sale held by the Douglas family.

Following a “mince & tatties” lunch at noon, auctioneer Harry Begg got swiftly into his stride with first bull in the ring, Ervie L1 Achiever 172218 making 3000 and selling to Ardlamont Estate, Argyll for pedigree use. This dark, attractive bull with a 38kg birthweight, has a straight Line One pedigree and descends from one of the first embryo flushes imported to Ervie in 2005.

Fifth lot in the ring, Ervie Advance 172314 was the bull many had marked to buy, with the top weights at both 200 and 400 days, sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H and from Libby family, he sold at 5200 to E Lewis, Salbri Herefords in Anglesey, for pedigree use. Well-marked and dark-coloured, with great natural thickness and power, he is full brother to herd sire at Hyde Herefords, nr Worcester.

Seventh lot through, Ervie Advance 172213 made the highest price of the day, when he sold at 7000 to new pedigree breeders, Ian & Sian Houston, Newton Stewart. This big, lengthy bull sported a really well-balanced set of figures including a Terminal Index of +33 and Maternal Index of +43 and is sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 91151H and from a top cow from the Tribute family.

Two lots later, commercial breeders Messrs Hutton from Castle Douglas, went to 4500 for yet another “1151” son and this time from the Gypsy family. Dark-coloured and stylish, this bull boasted a great set of figures combining calving ease and growth and with a Terminal Index of +34 and Maternal Index of +42.

Coming through 4 lots later, Ervie Advance 172216 sold to repeat buyer Iain Wilkinson, Dundee at 3400 for both pedigree and commercial use. Sired by Ervie L1 Achiever 131636 and from the Peach family, with a birth weight of 38kg and one of the largest and heaviest bulls in the sale, he goes to work mainly on daughters of Ervie Advance 141836 bought for 7200 in the 2016 sale.

Another two lots later saw repeat buyer Mark Ogg, from Montrose go to 3000 for Ervie Advance 172234. An upstanding, correct bull with thick top and loin, he is sired by Ervie L1 Achiever141753 and from a Tribute cow, he goes to work alongside two previous Ervie purchases on a large, predominately Simmental commercial beef unit in Angus.

New customers, R G Elliot and Son travelled up from Northampton to purchase two bulls including Ervie Advance 172231 at 2700. This quality son of Ervie L1 Achiever 141780 is from the Crocus family is joined by Ervie Advance 172311 to go onto Saler x Shorthorn type females.

Volume buyers were: - A & M Smith, Brampton (8 bulls Av. 2000), High Mark Farming Ltd., Stranraer (8 bulls Av. 1962), Dourie Farming Co. Newton Stewart (10 bulls Av. 1800)

Advance 172218 Advance 172314 Advance 172213
Advance 1723900 Advance 172216 Advance 172234
  Advance 172231  

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Terms and Conditions

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns pertaining to these sale terms and conditions.
 All sales are cash and in pounds sterling. The auction will be conducted by Harry Begg (Tel. 0771 356 9593) from Dumfries Mart and payment to be made to him at close of sale unless by prior agreement. Bulls being left at Mains of Airies require 25% paid on sale day and the remainder cleared with the auctioneer one week before uplift.

Bulls can be picked up any time after payment has been made. All transportation expenses to be the responsibility of the buyer.
Local livestock transporters, A Jamieson & Sons will be in attendance at the sale and will be happy to assist with bull deliveries both north and south.
Contact George (07850368533), Ian (07889218280), Andrew (07702465074).

We will endeavour to assist with transport to a convenient meeting point within the UK mainland. Bulls sold to Northern Ireland will be isolated and tested at the consignors expense, but must be uplifted directly at the farm at the buyers expense.

Bulls can stay at Mains of Airies up to the end of April and will be cared for by us but at the buyer's risk. Any death or injury after the animal is sold is at the buyer's risk. Insurance is advised.

Anyone attending the farm to view the stock does so at their own risk.

Lot withdrawal:-
We reserve the right to withdraw any animal from the sale.

Health & Breeding Guarantee

Latest routine four-yearly clear Tuberculosis Test completed 12th January 2018. The entire adult herd is Johnes tested along with the TB test every 4 years as cost-effective surveillance to ensure there is no Johnes development within the herd.

The herd is BVD accredited. The breeding herd has been on a strict Lepto & BVD vaccination programme since 2001, with IBR vaccination also since 2017. All the sale bulls require their booster vaccines by end of May.

Our customers value our robust disease biosecurity, the high health status and remoteness of our closed herd.

The bulls had a fertility examination by our vet 17/01/19 and all are normal and fertile. (Scrotal measurements printed in catalogue.)

The bulls were all treated with Zanil drench for fluke 30/01/19.

Bull Warranty

All bulls sold are warranted stock getters, fertile and capable of natural service.
Any claim of bull infertility must be made after 1 month from the date of the sale and within 9 months from the date of the sale and must be backed by a written statement from a practising veterinary surgeon confirming the bull to be infertile. The vet must confirm that the infertility is not due to either injury of infection after the sale. Bulls proving to be infertile shall either be replaced to the satisfaction of the buyer or refunded the entire purchase price.

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