Beef Shorthorns sold to atop of 2900gns twice at the breed society’s North of England Club inauguralsale at Skipton on 10 November where demand for females reflected commercialproducers’ growing interest in the breed as a functional suckler cow.

The first 2900gns call wasmade for Croxtonpark Blythesome Parsley, a February 2008 born heifer byChapelton Welcome and out of a homebred dam from the Croxton Park Partnership,Croxton, Huntingdon. She was sold in calf to Chapelton Wildfire to Stuart Currie,Rathmell, Skipton.

The same purchaser went to1900gns for another heifer, Albion Lavender Bluebell, a Dunsyre Scarlattidaughter from Paul Braithwaite, Stokesley. Bluebell was sold in calf to TarrantArnie.

Christopher of Upsall, a 20month old bull from Thomson, Roddick and Laurie commanded the second 2900gnsbid.  Sired by Vortrekker of Upsall and out of an Upsall bred dam, he wentto Jonathan Allison, Appleton-le-Moors, Kirkbymoorside along with two heifersfrom Gerald Turton, Upsall, York.

Mr Allison paid 1950gns for the 17 month oldTessa Of Upsall, by Alexander The Great Of Upsall and 1500gnsfor Augusta Of Upsall, an in calf two year old by Eionmor Mr Gus.

A second 1500gns bid thistime from JE Goddard and Sons, Lockerbie secured Major Turton’s NonpareilOf Upsall, a March, 2008 born Crooked Post Triple daughter, and hernine-month-old bull calf by Walrus Of Upsall.

The next highest lot at2300gns was Westmoor Eva 3, a two year old heifer by Newfield Zack and in calfto Pode Hole Cracker, from Rob Paisley, Middleton, Ilkley to WD Kirkby Farms,Wootton, North Lincolnshire. 

The same breeder offered the day’s champion,Westmoor Queen Carmen, a Glenisla Zetor daughter and out of an Aylward breddam. She was bid to 2,100gns by J Stewart and Partners, Peebles. Following closely at 2000gns was Westmoor Carnation, an 18 month old byGlenisla Zetor to WD Kirby Farms at Wootton, North Lincolnshire.

A call of 2050gns securedFerdinand of Upsall for SC and J Wilkinson, Thirsk. Consigned by Tracy Severn,Barkisland, Halifax, he was an 18 month old by Glenisla Zetor and out of anUpsall bred cow going back to Lock Awe lines.

 Averages:30 heifers £1311; two cows £735; two bulls £2598 (CCM Auctions).