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Ballylinney Beef Shorthorns Breaks Auction Breed Records

Harrison & Hetherington was privileged to offer for sale a portion of Derek and Cindy Steen’s Ballylinney herd of Pedigree Beef Shorthorns on Saturday 14th May, when breed records were smashed.

The herd, which has never before been offered for sale on the open market, achieved an 18,000gns male record Beef Shorthorn price, with a new £3,644 female average for 135 entries representing 100% clearance.

Ballylinney Glenn

Ballylinney Glenn - 18,000gns

Scott Donaldson Sales Director at Harrison & Hetherington, commenting said:
“The averages obtained at this sale really were remarkable, and demonstrates the great demand for the breed as a suckler cow. Bidding was brisk and we really had an exceptional level of trade throughout proceedings with lots being sold to the North and South of Ireland.

“This sale gave an unrivalled opportunity for any existing or new breeders to purchase from a high health status herd with some unique breeding, combining breed character with excellent genetics and a sound commercial emphasis.”

Top of the sale at 18,000gns was Ballylinney Glenn, a two year old dark roan bull by Glengloy Callum who goes back to Glenisla Zinzan and out of a Glenisla dam by the 4,800gns Holmeere George. Glenn went to join Sheepdrove Organic Farm’s 170 cow suckler herd and its 40 pedigree cows based at Lambourn, Berkshire.

The day’s second top call at 6,800gns went to the female leader, Ballylinney Matchless 1264, a red and white 21 month old maiden by Tullycore St David and out of a homebred dam by Croxton Park Orville. The buyer was Tommy Jackson, Saintfield, County Down.

Starting in Northumberland, Derek and Cindy Steen established the Ballylinney herd in 1998, moving to the Borders in 2000. Renowned and well-respected, to date, Ballylinney cattle have only been sold privately as foundation stock or to enhance further some of the finest herds throughout the UK. Farming a total of 2500 acres, in the Scottish Borders, the Steen’s have a herd of 400 cattle including Stabilisers and Salers cross Beef Shorthorn suckler cows. They also have a breeding flock of 2500 sheep.

Sale Averages: 31 cows served and/or suckling £4,183.06; 32 heifers served and/or suckling £4,270.55; 62 in calf heifers £3,099.19; 10 bulling heifers £3,349.50; 4 stock bulls £8137.50; 2 young bulls £6,195.00, 4 bull calves £2,598.75.


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