European hobbyists’ love affair with ornamental Highland cattle showed no sign of abating at Oban when at least three of the top-priced lots were bought for new homes across the Channel.
The future of Oban as the venue for sales of Highland cattle has been put in doubt after entries of cows and heifers at the traditional centre plummeted this year.
A 10,000gns prize-winning Highland bull from the south of England was on his way to a much tougher hill lifestyle at Dalmally last night.
Relying on the picture postcard image of Highland cattle to promote the breed will no longer be enough to secure its future, the new president of the Highland Cattle Society has admitted.
They own just six breeding Highlanders, but when the MacNaughtons swing in to an agricultural show, the judge can rarely see past the Kelty cattle.
Highland cattle enthusiasts have been invited to an open weekend in the hills of Strathardle next month.
Scotland's top Simmental and Highland cattle will compete in national competitions at Perth show next month.
A two-year-old Highland heifer, Frangag Dudh of Cladich, from Banchory breeders Ian and Mary Adams, won the championship at the East of Scotland Highland Cattle Club's show at Forfar.
Highland cattle will be sold at the Stirling pedigree bull sales for the first time next month.