Beef Shorthorn bulls sold to a top of 6,500gns in Stirling on Monday 17 October at the breed society’s official autumn sale while females achieved a breed century record average of £2,601 for 91 sold, the highest number sold at a one day sale since the 1950s.
Sale leader Cougar of Upsall sold for 6,500gns“Trade was fuelled by increased confidence in the breed driven by the demand for a functional suckler cow, plus the incentive from the Morrison’s premium for Beef Shorthorn sired steers for its native breed’s scheme,” commented breed society secretary, Frank Milnes.
Cougar of Upsall, a two year old son of Bilsdale Anson, led the trade for Gerald Turton, Upsall, Thirsk, going for a bid of 6,500gns to W J Green, Fochabers, Morayshire. Mr Turton was thrilled to achieve the breed’s top price commenting: “It was a very pleasing price for an autumn sale.”
Female champion Lowther Lily 266 made 5,800gnsNext at 5,800gns was the female champion, Lowther Lily 266 by the Canadian bred Blelack Minstrel from Cumbrian breeder Charles Lowther, Penrith going under the gavel to Messrs Taylor to join their four cow pedigree herd which runs alongside 150 commercial cows on South Ronaldsay, Orkney. The same buyer also purchased the female champion’s half-sister by the same sire Lowther Strawberry Surprise 265 for 4,000gns.
Judge Richard Rettie, Alloa commented: “This is the best show of females I think I’ve ever seen. My female champion was an obvious winner from the moment she walked into the ring and Lily’s femininity and near perfection across the board made her the top female by far.”
Mr Lowther’s nine entries went on to sell to average £3,605, the highest female breed average from an individual breeder this century. “We enjoyed the best day ever in eight years of breeding pedigree Beef Shorthorn,” he said. “Apart from our sale ring success, we showed seven entries and they remained undefeated in the ring, Furthermore, the entire entry was by our Canadian bred sire, Blelack Minstrel who one of a rich mix of international genetics running in the herd, and he is consistently leaving very shapely and thick muscled calves.”
The Lowther offering included Lowther Melody, reaching the 4,000gns mark to be secured by Messrs Crawford, Mauchline, Ayrshire. Lowther Secret 258 made 3,400gns to Macfarlane Farms, Duns, Berwickshire with the same buyer also putting in a bid of 2,400gns for half-sister Lowther Ritzy 255 and paying the same price for Lowther Lily 263.
Uppermill Beckham, the pre-sale Male ChampionAnother Minstrel daughter Lowther Strawberry Surprise 249 went for 3,000gns to Messrs Richardson, Preton, Lancarshire with her half-sister Lowther Melody 246 secured by a bid of 3,000gns to go home with Messrs Bellas and Son, Appleby, Cumbria. Lowther Melody 254, also by Minstrel, went under the gavel at 2,700gns to Messrs Brigdale, Ennis, County Clare.
sold for 4,000gns
Mr Rettie found his male champion in Uppermill Beckham who he deemed to be “a very complete bull offering good muscling and growth that took him to the top of the ring.” Beckham by Uppermill Jinks from James Porter, Lisburn, County Antrim went on to sell for 4,000gns to Messrs Gunn, Wick, Caithness. This isn’t the first time Mr Porter has had success at Stirling with Uppermill Laird topping 6,000gns in February.
Reserve male champion Craigfaddock CapelloThe day’s second best bull price went to the reserve male champion, Craigfaddock Capello by Chapelton Wildfire, selling for 5,000gns for his breeders D Alexander, Ballymena, County Antrim to Kincraigie Farms, Banchory, Aberdeenshire. Mr Alexander commented, “Capello has done well for us all year winning reserve breed champion at Antrim Show but he has surpassed our expectations at Stirling to give us the best price we’ve ever had here.”
sold for 5,000gns
Willingham Denebola came next in the bull section making 4,800gns for J and D Haigh, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. This Dunsyre North Star son was secured by a bid from A Maclennan, Lyness, Orkney. The same breeders went on to bid 3,600gns for the maiden heifer, Dunsyre Meadowsweet 24th sired by Uppermill Morse and bred by Carey Coombs, Carnwath, South Lanarkshire and 3,200gns for Holmeere George-sired Glenisla Desiree D772 from Major J P O and Miss C Gibb, Glenisla, Blairgowie. Messrs Haigh also purchased maiden heifer Meonhill Joyful Crumpet by Chapelton Winsome from LEP Farms, Waterlooville, Hampshire for 2,600gns.
Two lots made 3,500gns. First came the reserve female champion from breeder of the overall male champion James Porter. Uppermill Rothes Jazz by Podehole Yeoman was secured by Messrs McDowell and Martin, Newtonards, County Down. The two year old heifer Aylward Blythesome 25th sired by Tarrant Waverley was next to 3,500gns for her breeder D R Rutherford, Hook, Hampshire selling to Laga Farms, Evie, Orkney. The same breeder also sold Ayleward Blythesome 23rd by Eionmor Highlander for 2,400gns to Messrs Hardie, Midmar, Aberdeenshire for 2,400gns.
A consignment of heifers from Major J P O and Miss C Gibb all made above 2,500gns. Glenisla Desiree D778 by Holmeere George led the way for Major Gibb at 3,300gns going home with M D McMillan, Luncarty, Perth. Three lots were secured for 3,200gns each. Glenisla Desiree D778’s twin sister Glenisla Desiree D779 was purchased by Messrs MacDonald, Carr Bridge, Inverness-shire. Also making 3,200gns was Glenisla Foxglove Flake D759 again by George and secured by Messrs Riley, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire followed by Glenisla Eva Broadhooks D774 for a bid from Messrs Bailey, Shap, Penrith.
A bid of 2,900gns secured another Holmeere George daughter, Glenisla Desiree D718 for Ballylinney Livestock, Bonchester Bridge, Hawick along with half-sister Glenisla Flower D784 for 2,600gns. Two lots made it to 2,800gns for Major Gibb. Glenisla Margo D783 by homebred bull Glenisla Badendun was purchased by Morrisons Farms, Lancashire along with Glenisla Margo D786, a half-sister out of the same homebred dam and by Holmeere George. Morrisons Farms also took home Cairnsmore Desire White Heather from Messrs B Landers, Newton Stuart, Dumfries and Galloway and by Uppermill Michael for a bid of 2,400gns. Major Gibb sold another George daughter, Glenisla Desiree D787 for 2,500gns to Blackford Farms, Dunblane, Perthshire.
Back in the bull section, a bid of 3,000gns secured Chapelton Delegate 3434 by Cavans Yankee. Bred by D J Biggar, Grange, Castle Douglas he was taken home by Messrs Heddle, Lyness, Orkney.
2,800gns won Shawhill Douglas by Vortrekker of Upsall for Messrs Brisbane, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer from breeders Shawhill Shorthorns, Newlands, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie. The same breeders had success in the females too with Fieldhouse Daphne by Albion L’Anniversaire secured by Rock Farming, Gargunnock, Stirling for 2,500gns.
Maiden heifer Grandtullybrae Yantara Trixy 3rd reached 2,700gns for D and S Calder, Grandtully, Aberfeldy. Sired by Virginian of Upsall she was purchased by Alvie Estate, Kingussie, Inverness-shire.
Averages: 91 females £2,601. 7 bulls £4,125.
Auctioneers: United Auctions
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