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Glen Finglas, Callander

OPEN DAY 2022 - The Luing Cattle Society in conjunction with The Woodland Trust Scotland, and Janet Pringle invite you to add a diary date for 19th August 2022 to visit Glen Finglas, Callander.

Premier Sale 2022 – Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas – 11th February 2022


PREMIER SALE - Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas - 11th February 2022 - The sale saw two records broken, the first by a considerable margin, when William Graham and Son, Craigdarroch sold Craigdarroch Zico to Kedzlie Farms for 32,000 gns. That sale broke the previous record set by Nunnerie Xenon who sold to T. Renwick & Sons, Blackhouse for 25,000 gns in 2020. The best of the bulling heifers also saw a record tumble, when D & A Barr sold a pair of bulling heifers by Benhar Tweed to AC Burke and Mike Halligan for 3600 gns apiece. D & A Barr also held the previous record set in 2007 when they sold a pair of bulling heifers for 3400 gns.

Download: PREMIER SALE 2022 - Report

Cadzow Bros Annual Production Sale – United Auctions, Oban – 13th November 2021


Cadzow Bros, Isle of Luing, in conjunction with United Auctions, Oban (November 13th) sold 93 pedigree Luing cattle at their 3rd Annual Production Sale.  Although averages for most types of females was back on last year’s trade, brisk bidding saw the lots disperse widely across the UK and Wales. Rising 2 year old purebred heifers in calf to a variety of Luing genetics, due in spring 2021, were most keenly sought after averaging 1679gns for 29 sold.

Download: Cadzow Bros 3rd Annual Production Sale - Report

Annual Autumn Breeding Sale – United Auctions, Stirling – 30th October 2021


The Luing Cattle Society, in conjunction with United Auctions, Stirling (October 30th) sold 292 pedigree and commercial Luing cattle at their 48th Annual Autumn Breeding Sale.  Trade was steady for an increased number forward, which included the dispersal of the Glenlyon Herd.  Pedigree bulling heifers (156) averaged £1324 and sold to a top of £2258, while Sim-Luing bulling heifers (52) averaged £1583 and topped £2730, down £122 on the year.

Download: 48th Autumn Breeding Sale - Report

Annual Spring Breeding Sale – Dingwall – 19th May 2021


The Luing Cattle Society, in conjunction with Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd. (May, 19th) sold 89 pedigree and commercial Luing cattle at their thirteenth Annual Spring Breeding Sale. Trade was steady for a smaller number forward, perhaps reflecting the difficult spring weather experienced. Both vendors and purchasers were allowed ringside, which helped the atmosphere considerably in comparison with sale conditions prevalent over the last 4-5 months. Buyers were geographically spread from Shetland to Exmoor, with brisk bidding between those present in-person and those bidding online. Pedigree bulling heifers (74) averaged £1586 and sold to a top of £3570, for a pair of 25 month old heifers consigned by F. Scott Renwick, Lochbroom.

Download: Annual Spring Breeding Sale - Dingwall 19th May 2021 - Report

PREMIER SALE – Sale Reports


The Luing Cattle Society held its Premier Sale, conducted by Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas on 5th February, 2021. The sale was held virtually and was a tremendous success. Females sold to at top of £3360 for a pair of heifers from Robert McNee Ltd, and enjoyed 100% clearance. Bulls sold to £15200 twice - Craigdarroch and Harehead, and averaged £7889 for 30 sold.

Download: Premier Sale 2021 - Report
Download: Premier Sale 2021 - Buyers List

Premier Sale 2021 – online only


The 56th Premier Sale will be held as an online only sale, conducted by Wallets Marts Castle Douglas on 4th to 5th February 2021. Viewing of lots will be available prior to the start of bidding. The sale will begin to close on Friday 5th February from 12pm in consecutive lot order. Images and videos for all lots are available to view at

Download: 56th Premier Sale Catalogue

Cadzow Bros Production Sale Report – 14th November 2020


Cadzow Bros of Luing held their annual production sale at Oban Mart on Saturday 14th November 2020 - Report download available

Download: Cadzow Bros Annual Production Sale Report

Autumn Breeding Sale Report – 31st October 2021


Autumn Breeding Sale Report - Download Available

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Breeder Resources update


The Breed Development page has been recently updated with information on Myostatin profiling

Spring sale at Dingwall proves a digital success


Download: Download Sale Report - Dingwall May 2020

Dingwall Spring Sale Catalogue


Dingwall Mart



Dingwall Entry Forms


Dingwall Mart

Dingwall entry forms - CLOSING DATE 17 APRIL 2020

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SPRING SALE – 20th May 2020


Dingwall Mart

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General Manager


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Premier Sale report


Premier Sale - Wallet Mart

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Premier Sale 2020


Wallets Mart, Castle Douglas

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Premier Sale 7/2/2020


Wallets Mart, Castle Douglas


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Stock wanted


Contact - Fieldsman Charles Symons - 01753-440207

Approved Society Sale


Isle of Luing herd - production sale - Oban Livestock Centre

For catalogues and further information contact Euan Ferguson ( or Shane Cadzow (

St Boswells Mart – 31 October 2019


St Boswells Mart

Start time 11am

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Stirling Mart Sale – 26th October 2019


Stirling Mart UA Ltd

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Stirling Sale – sale report


Stirling Mart - United Auctions

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Luing Cattle Open Day


Balcaskie Estate, Anstruther, Fife, KY10 2SA

By kind permission of Toby Anstruther, from 11am

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Dingwall Spring Sale


Dingwall & Highland Marts Ltd., Humberston, Bailechaul, Dingwall, IV15 9TP

Sponsorship of prizes for pairs competitions in the in-calf, bulling and yearling heifer classes is kindly provided by W&A Geddes and Harbro Ltd.

Download: Dingwall Catalogue 2019

54th Annual Premier Show and Sale of Pedigree Luing Cattle


Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas

Closing date for entries Friday 14th December 2018

3rd Autumn Sale of Luing Breeding Stock – St. Boswells


St Boswells Mart., TD6 OPP

Download: St Boswells Sale Report Nov 2018

45th Autumn Sale of Luing Breeding Stock – Stirling


Stirling Agricultural Centre, FK9 4RN

Download: Stirling Sale Report 27th October 2018

Luing Cattle Society Open Day 2018


Lanton Estate, Marley Knowe Farm, Wooler NE71 6TG

Download: Premier Sale Catalogue 2019

Annual Dingwall Sale


Dingwall Auction Mart

Spring Sale of Luing Breeding Stock

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Annual Premier Sale


Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas

The Luing Cattle Society held their 53rd annual Premier Sale at Wallets Mart, Castle Douglas on the 9th February, 2018.

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The 53rd Annual Premier Sale of Luing Cattle


Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas

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St Boswells Sale


St Boswells Mart., TD6 OPP

1st Autumn Sale of Luing Breeding Stock at St. Boswells Mart.

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Stirling Sale


Stirling Agricultural Centre

The Champion Pair of Luing heifers will be presented with a new cup, in celebration of our 50th Anniversary

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Luing Anniversary Open Day a great success


On Friday the 19th August 2016 the Luing Cattle Society held their 50th Anniversary Open Day back on the Island of Luing where it all started. Courtesy of Shane and Tooti Cadzow.

We Say – “Essential Reading in time for Friday’s Sale!”

The Massey-Ferguson Papers: The Luing Breed by Denis J Cadzow O.B.E. Forty-four award winning pages! This fascinating booklet celebrates the author's hands-on experience, wealth of knowledge and passion for the Luing breed, since he and his family first established it on the island of Luing 53 years ago. A ‘must-read’ for all. Warning: Not a Luing Breeder? Stand by to be converted!

Download: The Massey Fergusson Papers


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Dingwall Spring 2020 Sale a Digital Success

On 20th May 2020 the Luing Cattle Society held their annual spring sale at Dingwall Mart in a different format due the Covid 19. The Luing Cattle Society and Dingwall & Highland Marts made a decision to conduct an online timed auction sale, which has been a huge success in these difficult times. Paul Spencer, Senior Auctioneer at Dingwall and Highlands Mart has been delighted to work with the society in order to make the sale continue this year. We all sat poised in front of our digital devices for the sale of 129 pedigree and commercial Luing cattle. The online timed auction allowed many to view and bid on cattle that would not have been able to travel to Dingwall.

Pedigree bulling heifers (82) averaged 1,571gns (£1,650.29) with the top price being 3,020gns (£3,171.00), twice for 25 month old heifers from Mr G. MacRae, Kintail, 120 Newton of Ferintosh, selling to J. C. Innes & Sons, Dunscroft, Huntly.

Pedigree yearling heifers (5) averaged 808gns (£848.40) and sold to 840gns (£882.00) for a 14-month old heifer from Mr J. M. Haley, Lochan Farm, Kinrossie to Meikle Farms, Darvel, Ayrshire.

Yearling Sim/Luing heifers (13) averaged 1,034gns (£1,085.54) and sold to 1,280gns (£1,344.00) twice from Messrs J. Lawrie, Tillyrie, Kinross, selling to Mr C. Arnot, Hatton Mill, Angus.

Un-registered bulling heifers (9) averaged 889gns (£933.33) and sold to 1,080gns (£1,134.00) twice from Welbeck Scottish Farms Ltd., Welbeck Estate, selling to Messrs Tulloch Farms, Upper Coullie, Laurencekirk.

Bulls (4) sold to 6,000gns (£6,300) for two 25 months old both from Messrs C. C. MacArthur & Co. Nunnerie Farm, Biggar, one selling to Firm of Ernest Crawford, Blarghour Farm, Dalmally, and the other to Mr A. Kennedy, Mitchell hill Farm, Biggar.

Other leading prices: Pedigree bulling heifers: Culmaily Farm, Golspie, 2,960gns (twice) & 2,420gns (thrice); Kintail, 2,580gns (twice); Clashnoir, Glenlivet, 1,980gns (twice) & 1,760gns; Nunnerie (twice), Inverbroom, Ullapool (thrice) 1,700gns. Pedigree yearling heifers: Lochan Farm (4 times) 800gns. Yearling Sim/Luing heifers: Tillyrie Farm (twice), 1,260gns; Lochan Farm (thrice), 1,020gns. Un-registered bulling heifers: Welbeck Estates (thrice), 1,040gns.

Adam Hunter, Yorkshire, is delighted to have purchased the foundations for his new herd having sold of his Limousin herd and joined a Native breed scheme. Having looked at all the native breeds he felt “Luings were by far the best of the native breeds”.

Graeme MacRae, Kintail was delighted with his “exceptional sale” selling to top 3,020gns.

The success of this sale goes to show the popularity of the Luing breed from all over the UK.

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Autumn Breeding Sale Report - United Auctions Stirling - 31st October, 2020

A good offering met with solid trade at this year’s 47th Autumn Breeding Sale of Luing and Sim-Luing cattle, held at United Auctions’ Stirling centre on 31st October.  This year’s event was without a show due to the Coronavirus restrictions.  Registered Luing in calf heifers opened the sale with an excellent couple of pairs from A. Kennedy, Mitchellhill which sold to 2800gns and 2000gns.  The Sim-Luing in calf heifers were the highlight of the sale selling to 2800gns twice for two pair from Robert McNee Ltd, Woodend, increasing the section average by 306gns on the year. Their consignment of 15 heifers averaged 2543gns and the two top priced pairs sold to Webster, Sunnybank, Woodsley, York and Thomson, Wester Tulloch, Aberdeenshire, respectively.  Colin Little, East Bracklinn, Callander, also fared well, selling to a top of 2800gns and averaging 2438gns for 8 sold, with 3 pair at 2500gns each.  Paddy Crerar, Newmains, Stenton averaged 2020gns for 5 sold and The Woodland Trust, Glen Finglas averaged 1975gns for 4 sold, all to Rogerson, Appleby.

Bulling heifers, both Luing and Sim-Luing were in demand, with averages for Sim-Luings up 476gns on the year.  Pedigree Luings were selling to a top of 2000gns for no less than 4 pairs, from T. Renwick, Blackhouse (1 pair) and W Graham & Son, Craigdarroch (3 pairs).  Registered Sim-Luing bulling heifers sold to a top of 2800gns for a single heifer consigned by Messrs Halligan and Burke, Stewarton, Peebles, who also had a pair at both 2250gns and 2200gns, all purchased by Messrs Foster, The Riddings, Bolton Abbey, Skipton.  Other leading averages in this section belong to Messrs R & H McNee, Over Finlarg, Dundee, averaging 2000gns for 2 pair of Sim-Luings, and W Graham & Son, Craigdarroch who averaged 1854gns for 13 Luing heifers forward.

Luing heifer calves sold to an average of 764gns for 11 head, from Messrs Horsfall, Balnairn Flax Mill, Pitlochry.  Luing cows sold to a top of 1800gns for Lochan V39 P/44345, a Luing Newton daughter with calf at foot, back in calf to the Simmental.  The Lochan cows averaged 1131gns for 4 forward.

Crossbred heifers (6) sold to a top of 1600gns for a pair from Marshall Farms, Concraig House, Aberdeen, purchased by Professor Penny, Harehead, Cranshaws, Duns.  Marshall Farms’ second pair realised 1500gns and are away to the same home.

Summary and averages

No. Average Top Price +/- on Year (gns)
LUING BULLING HEIFERS 65 1418 2000 -78
Messrs W Graham & Son, Craigdarroch 13 1854 2000  
T. Renwick & Sons, Blackhouse 16 1700 2000  
RJ Wotherspoon, Glen Lyon 16 1194 1600  
Mr D. Barr, Milkieston 6 1267 1400  
Mr J Haley, Lochan 2 1300 1300  
Mr AP Waugh, Thomsons Walls 4 1200 1200  
The Woodland Trust Scotland, Glen Finglas 8 845 900  
LUING COWS 4 1131 1800  
Mr J Haley, Lochan 4 1131 1800  
LUING HEIFER CALVES 11 764 850 +122
Mr NH Horsfall, Balnairn Flax Mill 11 764 850  
A Kennedy, Mitchellhill 4 2400 2800  
DG Henry, Oakwoodmill 1 1650 1650  
Messrs MG Halligan & AC Burke, Stewarton 5 2340 2800  
Messrs R & H McNee, Over Finlarg 4 2000 2000  
Mr M Thomson, Tillyrie 9 1522 1600  
Messrs FJA McGowan, Incheoch 4 1525 1550  
Mrs CM Reid, Boreland Farm 6 1425 1500  
Mr P Crerar, Newmains 1 1400 1400  
SIM-LUING IN CALF HEIFERS 32 2364 2800 +306
Mr C Little, East Bracklinn 8 2438 2800  
Robert McNee Ltd, Woodend 15 2543 2800  
The Woodland Trust Scotland, Glen Finglas 4 1975 2100  
Mr P Crerar, Newmains 5 2020 2050  
Marshall Farms, Concraig 4 1550 1600  
DG Henry, Oakwoodmill 2 900 1100  
Grand Total 152 1641 2800 (4)  
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Cadzow Bros Production Sale Report - Oban Livestock Mart - 13th November, 2020

Cadzow Bros, Isle of Luing held their 2nd annual production sale at Oban, conducted by United Auctions on Saturday 14th November.  Although averages for all types of females was back on last year’s inaugural sale, as expected, a brisk trade saw the lots disperse widely across the UK, despite the restrictions in place for buyers.  Rising 2 year old purebred heifers in calf to a variety of Luing genetics, due in spring 2021, were keenly sought after averaging a pleasing £1936 for 39 sold.  The top priced in calf heifer (2yr old) reached £2730 and was purchased by I McKie, of Northumberland for his Lanton herd.  Over half of these in calf females traded for more than £2000, with the majority going to pedigree homes.  Similarly, 4 rising 3yr old heifers, all in calf to different bulls, and also due next spring averaged £1523 and sold to a top of £1680 to R McCarlie Ltd.  Bulling heifers were a steady trade, averaging £1326 for 16 sold to a top of £1470 to Mark Thomson of John Lawrie Tillyrie Ltd.  Isle of Luing bulls have been the foundation of many Luing herds throughout the UK and that history was evident.  Neil McGowan of Incheoch went to £6300 to secure Luing Yanis, a Lochbroom Talisker son out of an Ardlarach female, also the top priced bull on offer.  Messrs Atkinson pushed hard and got Luing Yankee at £5775, also a Talisker son, while HM Jarret got their pick, Luing Yanick for £5250.  These well bred bulls sold well to average £4380 for 7 sold, an increase of £128 on the year.  Cows with autumn calves at foot, were also in demand, selling to a top of £2100 to Blarghour Farm, and averaging £1208 for 8 sold.  Mixed age cows, back in calf to the Luing were a stickier trade, averaging £1103 for 10, with a top of £1890 to AJ Lambie.  Lot 52 was sold in aid of My Name’s Doddie Foundation, and was purchased by Society Chairman Mark Thomson for his Tillyrie herd at Kinross.  This roan bulling heifer was by Luing Wyvis and out of an Ardlarach female which is a daughter of Luing Lad.


Row Labels Number Average Price


Top Price


Bulling Heifers 17 1322 1470
Bulls 7 4380 6300
Cows with Calves at Foot 8 1208 2100
In Calf Heifers 39 1936 2730
In Calf Heifers (3yr) 4 1733 2100
Mixed Age Cows - I/C 10 1103 1890
Grand Total 85 1838 6300
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2021 PREMIER SALE to be held as an online only sale

The 56th Premier Sale will be conducted by Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas as an online sale only due to restrictions currently in place.  The sale will open for bidding at 12pm on 4th February and will begin to finalise each lot in turn from 12pm on Friday 5th February.  Viewing from 25th January at

  • 31 Pedigree Luing In-Calf Heifers
  • 90 Pedigree Luing Bulling Heifers
  • 38 Pedigree Luing Bulls

Auctioneers:  Wallets Marts Castle Douglas Ltd  01556 502381

Online catalogue available at