Beef Shorthorn female records were smashed in Stirling on Monday 22 October with a new 13,000gns top and £2,110 average for 81 lots sold at the breed’s official show and sale.
Sale leader at 13,000gns was Chapelton Honeysuckle
“Trade for females was solid throughout driven by commercial producers’ awareness that Beef Shorthorn is meeting an insatiable demand for a modern functional suckler cow, while trade for steers is being fuelled by Morrisons native breeds’ scheme,” commented the breed society’s Frank Milnes.
Sale leader at 13,000gns was Chapelton Honeysuckle 3719, an18 month old roan within the breed’s top 5% with a TI +26, SRI +24, and scanned in calf to Dunsyre North Star. Sired by the 6,800gns Glenisla Banqo she was out of one of the most noted families from Donald Biggar’s 80 cow herd based at Grange, Castle Douglas. Mr Biggar who also holds the 15,000gns male breed record achieved in Stirling earlier this year, said: “It was fantastic to achieve the extra recognition at a time when the Beef Shorthorn’s popularity is increasing so rapidly.”
Honeysuckle went to join Alan and Helen Haigh’s 10 cow herd based at North Willingham, Market Rasen. “She was just one of two heifers we’d selected for their genetics and colour together, and they were the highest Breedplan recorded females in the catalogue. We were prepared to go all the way for this one,” he said. The Haighs recouped some of their spend earlier in the day when their sole entry, Willingham Sally Broadhooks E162 TI +16, SRI +17 made 3,200gns to Geoff Riby, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington. A roan 19 month old, she was by Alta Cedar Perfect Storm and out of a Glenisla bred dam.
Another two Banqo daughters, both 17 month olds and in calf to Stonehills X Factor, were in the money for Donald Biggar. A bid of 2,200gns secured Chapelton Veronica L3660 TI +20, SRI +20 for D Fraser and Son, Strathpeffer, while Chapelton June L3631 TI +24, SRI +21 made 2,000gns to Messrs Burns.
Second leading female at 6,000gns was the much admired 19 month old Glenisla Eva Broadhooks E819 TI +28, SRI +29. Sold in calf to Glenisla Drum Major, both her sire, Glenisla Blizzard and homebred dam went back to Fearn Wyvis. Bred and exhibited by Major John Gibb and his daughter Catriona, Blairgowrie, Perth, the buyer was Laga Farms, Evie, Orkney. The roan Broadhooks was one of a draft of 13 entries from the Gibb’s 65 cow herd, which were sold in their working clothes to average £2,495.
A string of Glenisla heifers followed by Holmeere George. Glenisla Margo E855 TI +20, SRI +15, a 17 month old roan made 3,600gns to M Clough, Stape, Pickering. Glenisla Waterloo Naomi D734 TI +16, SRI +15, a two year old in calf to Glenisla Artic Storm sold for 2,400gns to Adam Chantry, Thorington, Saxmundham who also paid 2,600gns for the white Tofts Lovely D623 TI +13, SRI +9, a two year old by Tofts Atlas from Playfair Farms, Kelso.
A bid of 2,300gns secured the 19 month old in calf Glenisla Foxglove Tansy E818 TI +24, SRI +18 for Messrs Oliver. Glenisla Crocus E820 TI +18, SRI +14 an in calf 19 month old made 2,200gns to H and M Sloan, Oxton, Lauder and the in calf 19 month old Glenisla Waterloo Naomi E789 TI +16, SRI +19 sold for 2,000gns to Messrs Syttington. Glenisla Foxglove Flake E848 TI +8, SRI +2, an in calf Glenisla First Solution daughter was knocked down for 2,500gns by Messrs McAllister.
Lowther Sally - 3,600gnsThird highest price consignor was Charles Lowther who also secured the female silverware with two 17 month olds, both in calf to Goundlea Lightning 8, from his 55 cow herd based at Lowther, Penrith. His reserve champion, the red Lowther Capri 312 TI+16, SRI15 by Blelack Rupert was secured for 4,000gns by PB Borlase, Watton at Stone, Hertford. Next at 3,600gns was the champion, Lowther Sally 292TI +12, SRI +10, a roan by LS Animal to KW Brow, Milnathort, Kinross. “Both heifers were very stylish, they were well fleshed and had good legs and good locomotion, however Sally had the edge and the minute Sally came in to the ring I knew she was the winner,” commented judge, David Scarthe, Orkney. Another LS Animal daughter, Lowther Holly 299 TI +11, SRI +1, an 18 month old roan in calf to Lightening made 2,800gns to KW Brown, Milnathort, Kinross.
Next at 3,000gns was a cow and calf pair from Chris Marler, Weston Underwood, Olney to Richard Rettie, Alloa. Wavendon Flossy Florist, a red and little white three year old by Wavendon Hercules was offered with her seven month old heifer by Millerston Augustus.
A couple of two year olds by Hurtiso Young Blood were in the money for Cathryn Williamson, Alvie Estate, Kingcraig. First to go at 2,600gns was Alvie Dandelion TI +12, SRI +12, a red and little roan to A Hall, Melrose. Next in the ring at 2,700gns was Alvie Daffodil TI 12, SRI +12 to R Crawford, Mauchline.
Ballyvaddy Kyla E776 TI +17, SRI +15, a red and white 17 month old by the Perth champion, Chapelton Yardley from T and K Madden, Glencoy, Ballymena returned over the water for 2,400gns with near neighbour, Antrim Estates, Ballymena.
Three entries were bid to 2,200gns. First in the ring was Catherine of Glenrinnes a three year old roan Glenisla Exuberant daughter in calf to Chapelton Ensign. Bred and exhibited by Glenrinnes Farms, Dufftown, Keith the buyer was Eric Heddle, Lyness, Orkney. Another heifer by Exuberant this time the 19 month old maiden, Glenrinnes Electra commanded a 2,000gns bid from A Lamont, Kilmoluaig, Isle of Tiree.
Thomson, Roddick and Laurie, Eaglesfield, Dumfries offered Fieldhouse Dulcie TI +8, SRI +9 at 2,200gns to J Lomas, Chapel-en-le-Frith. A light roan two year old by Cairnsmore Zorro Prince, she was sold in calf to Shawhill Evaristus.
The third 2,200gns price tag went to the roan Glengoy Lovely Eve TI +12, SRI +12, an 18 month old maiden by Glenisla Zinzan from D Macleod, Glengoy, Spean Bridge to Geoff Riby, while another Zinzan daughter, the white Letterfinlay Elizabeth Ramsden TI +18, SRI +17 from K Macleod, Glengoy sold for 2,100gns to A Hall, Melrose.
A draft from Carey Coombs, Dunsyre, Carnwath was led at 2,100gns by Dunsyre Celandine 8 TI +17, SRI +15, a roan 19 month old by the homebred Dunsyre Asterix to D and C Steen, Lockerbie.
Six more entries shared a 2,000gns bid. First to go were two 19 month old maidens by Elliot Boo Boo from the Landers family, Newton Stewart. Cairnsmore Emily Sophie TI +13, SRI +9 sold to JC Oliver, Whittington, Newcastle, while Cairnsmore Electra Heather TI +16, SRI +12 went to DC Gibbon, Castle Douglas.
Uppermill Broadoaks Bubbles TI +24, SRI +21, a red and white 18 month old by Ardoyne Bombus from James Porter, Ballinderry, Lisburn was secured for 2,000gns by Andrew and Caroline Ivinson, Ousby, Penrith. RW Mackay, Inveraray paid 2,000gns for Galla Etta, a 17 month old maiden by Galla Atlas from JW Frame, Wiston, Biggar.
Douglas McMillan, Luncarty, Perth offered a cow and calf pair at 2,000gns to W McGregor, Wiston, Biggar. Colnvalley Gina A14 TI +7, SRI +7 was a red and white five year old by Colnvalley Titanic in calf to Podehole Titanic, while her six month old bull, Coldrochie Forerunner was by LS Zeus.
Glenbrae Floss TI +18, SRI +13, a 20 month old Redhill Blackadder daughter from J Nelson, Carnduff, Larne commanded 2,000gns from Messrs Oliver.
Averages: 81 females £2,110.
Auctioneers: United Auctions
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