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Stirling Beef Shorthorn Bulls Attract Dynamic Trade

Beef Shorthorn records were smashed at the society’s spring bull sale in Stirling on Tuesday 7 February with a new breed record 15,000gns top call and a new record average of £4,991 for 71 entries sold, the breed’s highest number traded at a one day fixture since the 1950s and a figure representing 90% clearance.

Sale leader at 15,000gns Chapelton Dauphin

Chapelton Dauphin

“Trade was on fire throughout the day, fuelled not only by pedigree breeders but also a packed commercial ring side eager for a slice of the action,” commented breed society secretary, Frank Milnes. “They were keen to invest in genetics that will deliver a functional suckler cow as well as offer cattle into the buoyant store market influenced by Morrisons’ Native Beef Breeds Scheme.”

Sale leader at 15,000gns was Chapelton Dauphin 3328, a rising two year old roan within the breed’s top 10% with a TI +19 and SRI +19. Bred and exhibited by Donald Biggar, Dauphin was by Chapelton Typhoon and out of a homebred dam going back to Tofts Romany from his 80 cow herd based at Castle Douglas. He went to join Bill and Jane Landers’ 50 cow Cairnsmore herd at Newton Stewart.

Supreme champion Chapelton Duke at 8,500gns

Chapelton Duke
Mr Biggar went on to sell three more lots including Chapelton Duke 3221 TI +36, SRI +28 a red and little white, for 8,500gns to Alvie Estates, Kincraig, Kingussie. Sired by Typhoon and out of the Canadian bred Chapelton Duchess, the World Conference Show female champion, the previous day Duke had been awarded the supreme championship by judge, Charlie Russell who admired him for his ‘length, power and presence’. Mr Biggar was taking his fourth Beef Shorthorn title at the fixture in five years, while Duke was also no stranger to the ring having secured the junior male title at the Royal Highland.

Donald Biggar reinvested some of his takings by securing Stonehills X Factor TI +12, SRI +8 for 7,500gns from Geoff Riby, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington. This rising two year old was by Elliot Bodacious and out of a Moreby bred cow.

Podehole Drummer at 13,000gns

Podehole Drummer
The day’s second top call of 13,000gns went to Podehole Drummer TI +17, SRI +15, a rising two year old white bull by the renown three times interbreed champion, Trojan of Craigeassie and out of a homebred dam going back to Wenmar lines. Bred and exhibited by Harry Horrell, Thorney, Peterborough, he sold to MD McMillan, Luncarty, Perth.

Minutes earlier, Podehole Debonair TI +15, SRI +12, a dark roan rising two year old from Harry Horrell changed hands for 6,800gns to JGS and D Duncan, Gamrie, Banff. A Podehole Yeti son, he was out of a homebred dam by Chapelton Promoter.

Two entries shared a 10,000gns bid. First to go was Dakota of Upsall TI +17, SRI +21, a 21 month old red and little white by the Australian bred Broughton Park Thunder and out of a homebred dam. Bred by the Hon Gerald Turton, Upsall, Thirsk, he went to join John Scott and Partners’ Tain based herd.

Mr Scott was reinvesting his takings from minutes earlier when he sold at 9,500gns Fearn Duke TI +17, SRI +17, a 22 month old roan by Fearn Bundaleer and out of a homebred cow. The buyers were Derek and Cindy Steen, Corrie, Lockerbie. John Scott offered five more entries including the 22 month old red Bundaleer son, Fearn Dunrobin TI +28, SRI +24 at 7,500gns to Messrs Macfarlane, Duns.

The second 10,000gns call went to the reserve junior champion, Glenisla Dam Buster TI +25, SRI +22, a 19 month old roan from Major John Gibb, Blairgowrie to A Cooper, Sydling, Dorchester. He was sired by Glenisla Badendun and out of a homebred dam, both of whom went back to Fearn Wyvis.

Earlier in the day Major Gibb offered at 9,000gns Glenisla Drambuie 2 TI +23, SRI +25, a rising two year old roan by Broughton Park Thunder and out of a homebred dam going back to Fearn Wyvis. The buyer was Messrs Blackford, Dunblane.

The fixture’s second 9,000gns call was made by William Young and Son, Auchtertool, Kirkcaldy for Knockenjig Duke TI+8, SRI +11, a 23 year old roan Glenariff Xceller son and out of an Upsall bred dam from David Dickie, Sanquhar.

Charles Lowther, Maulds Meaburn, Penrith secured the reserve intermediate championship with his highest entry at 8,500gns Lowther Dynamite TI +13, SRI +9 was a 22 month old roan by Blelack Minstrel and out of a homebred dam going back to Uppermill lines. He travelled over the water to Antrim Estates, Glenarm, Ballymena.

Next at 8,000gns was Millerston Diamond, a 22 month old roan by Glenbrae Yogie and out of a homebred dam going back to Chapelton lines. Bred and exhibited by Jack Ramsay, Mauchline, he was secured by Aucheneck Estates, Killearn, Glasgow.

A bid of 7,000gns secured the overall reserve and intermediate champion, Blelack Major TI +13, SRI +11 for James Playfair Hannay, Kelso. Bred and exhibited by father and son team, Neil and Graeme Massie, Aboyne, Major was a 23 month old roan Blelack Secret Service son and out of a homebred dam going back to Buffalo Lake Dustbuster.

Major teamed up with Blelack Motivator TI +14, SRI +11, another same age roan Secret Service son to head the group of two bulls class before going on to sell for 6,500gns to J Innes and Son, Huntley. A third entry from the Massies by Secret Service, this time the 22 month old red and little white Blelack Braveheart TI +16, SRI +14, joined the winning pair to secure the best group of three and later sold for 6,500gns to GHB Bulmer, Rhoscolyn, Anglesey.

The 20 month old red and little white Uppermill Burnett TI +22, SRI +15, an Uppermill Jinks son and out of homebred dam going back to Chapelton lines from James Porter, Dromore, County Down made 6,800gns to Neil Barclay, Insch.

The junior champion, Burnside Dice TI +13, SRI +10, bred and exhibited by William and Jill McAllister, Kells, Ballymena made 4,800gns to Charlie Russell, Glenapp, Ballantrae, Girvan. A Creaga Dice son, he was out of a Trunley bred dam bred from Uppermill lines.

Averages: 71 bulls £4,991

Auctioneers: United Auctions

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