Beef Shorthorn bulls led the Stirling bull sales’ trade at 20,000gns on Monday 5 February at the breed society’s official annual spring fixture. Five entries sold for five figures, whilst 59 lots averaged £5,803.
Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society secretary, Joanna Bailey commented: “The day’s solid trade was fuelled by suckler producers continuing to seek genetics that will deliver a low input, low cost functional suckler cow – milky, hardy and fertile, with a quiet temperament and great longevity. They were also aware that the steers are continuing to find a ready market influenced by Morrisons Shorthorn Beef scheme.”
The 20,000gns leading call went to Millerston Kasper TI +25, SRI +23, a 22-month-old roan by Meonhill Charlie Chaplin and out of a homebred cow going back to Podehole Beefeater. Kasper who was no stranger to the ring having secured junior male title at the Stars of the Future and junior champion at the Great Yorkshire, was bred by Jack P Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayrshire and sold to L Townsend, Moffatt, Dumfriesshire.
Next at 15,000gns was Balnabroich Kermit TI +25, SRI +22, a 21-month-old red and white Glenisla Centurian son and out of a Glengoy dam from Balnabroich Farms, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. The buyer was DJ Biggar, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.
Two entries shared an 11,000gns bid. First to go was the senior champion, Willingham Katabatic TI +30, SRI +30, a 23-month-old roan by Fearn Wyvis from A Haigh, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire to I Evans, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.
Mr Haigh’s success didn’t stop there. He went on to offer the intermediate and overall supreme male champion, Willingham Kensington TI +32, SRI +27 for 10,000gns to Drayton Farm Partnership, Petersfield, Hampshire. Kensington was a 22-month-old roan by the homebred Willingham Haig.
The day’s second 11,000gns price tag went to Coldrochie Kensington TI +24, SRI +24, an 18-month-old dark roan by the 10,000gns Fearn Godfather. Bred by MD McMillan, Luncarty, Perthshire, he went to LEP Farms, Waterlooville, Hampshire.
Five entries sold to 9,000gns. The first pair came from Gerald Turton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire. The 23-month-old roan Khyber of Upsall TI +26, SRI +27, a Firefox of Upsall son was secured by Balnabroich Farms, Blairgowrie, whilst Klondyke of Upsall, a 22-month-old red and little white by Dingo of Upsall made 9,000gns in a two-way split to C Horrell, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Sarah Wilkins, Jarvis Brook, East Sussex.
Two entries by Chapelton Emperor from DJ Biggar sold to 9,000gns each. Chapelton Kaiser TI +30, SRI +25, a 23-month-old roan went to Pitgaveny Farms, Elgin, Morayshire, whilst Chapelton Krypton was secured for 9,000gns by WJ and J Green, Fochabers, Morayshire. The 22-month-old roan Krypton was by the homebred Chapelton Emperor and within the breed’s top 1% with a TI +40, and SRI +36.
The final 9,000gns call was made by Eamonn McCormack, Strokestown, Roscommon for the overall reserve and reserve intermediate champion, Cairnsmore Kestrel TI +20, SRI +17, a 22-month-old roan by the 15,000 Chapelton Dauphin from Mr and Mrs B Landers, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.
At 8,000gns the Landers offered another Dauphin son, Cairnsmore Kickass Jack TI +13, SRI +15, a 21-month-old roan this time to Scott Taylor, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire.
Coldrochie Keillan TI +29, SRI +28, a 22-month-old Fearn Godfather son from MD McMillan, Perth went for 8,500gns to I Tennant, Carluke, Lanarkshire.
Five more entries shared an 8,000gns bid. First to go was Sowerbyparks Kincade, a two-year-old roan by Wenmar Harman from S and G Hunt, Sowerby, North Yorkshire to Barwood herd at Barrock End, Armathwaite.
Glenisla Krakatoa TI +28, SRI +25, a 22-month-old roan by the 7,000gns Flight Lieutenant of Upsall from JPO Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perthshire made 8,000gns to D Baillie, Carnwath, Lanarkshire.
Balcaskie Farms, Anstruther, Fife went to 8,000gns for Mountbenger Kermit, TI +30, SRI +27, a 22-month-old red and white by Blinkbonny Equity from JF Irving and Son, Yarrow, Selkirk.
D McDowell, Newtownards, County Down offered his Castlemount Kubota TI +12, SRI +10, a 20-month-old roan Elliot Matrix son at 8,000gns to Stephanie Ryder, Penrith, Cumbria.
The final 8,000gns call came from WB Prentice and Sons, Duns, Berwickshire for Derwentwood Kruger TI +17, SRI +21, a 16-month-old red and little white by the 10,000gns Dakota of Upsall from N and A Hunter, Consett, County Durham.
Leading the female trade at 3,500gns was Grovewood Josie, a two-year-old red heifer by Dakota of Upsall and in calf to Glenisla Explorer. Bred by Chris Mallaber, Drakelow, Derbyshire, she went to TC Brown, Towcester, Northamptonshire.
Next at 2,900gns was Knockenjig Rosie Duchess TI +28, SRI +28, a 23-month-old red heifer by Glengoy of Geronimo and in calf to the 10,000gns Fearn Jumpstart. Bred by David and Rosemary Dickie, Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, the buyers were GS and GI Pettit, Fochabers, Morayshire. Knockenjig Lovely Yasmin TI +13, SRI +13, another same way bred and same age heifer in calf to Jumpstart from the Dickies sold for 2,000gns to JWA and EL Davies, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire.
Three further entries sold at 2,000gns. Westbroad Delila 3 TI +13, SRI +12, a 22-month-old roan by Hallsford Dominic and in calf to the 5,000gns Shawhill J-A-T from D Welsh, Fenwick, Kilmarnock changed hands with S Brigdale, Ennis, County Clare.
Two Rowanberry Donatello daughters from B and S Slater, Dounby, Orkney each commanded a 2,000gns bid from S Anderson, Loughborough, Leicestershire. Queenamoan Lulu TI +10, SRI +7 was a 22-month-old dark roan maiden whilst the second was the 21-month-old white Queenamoan Lizzy TI +8, SRI +7.
Averages: 59 bulls £5,803; 13 females £2,027.
Auctioneers: United Auctions