Beef Shorthorns met a strong, level demand driven by the commercial sector, where bidding peaked at 6,500gns. Females averaged £2,172, with the 90 sold achieving over 90% clearance. The breed’s official autumn sale also saw 13 bulls average £3,651 on Monday (20 October).
“The day’s trade reflected the continuing keen demand from commercial producers for a functional suckler cow,” commented the society’s Frank Milnes. “Beef Shorthorn delivers strong, much sought after maternal traits, whilst the steers, previously a by-product, are now achieving a premium, thanks to Morrisons traditional beef scheme.”
Sale leader at 6,500gns was Chapelton Festival, a roan 26 month old within the breed’s top 1%, with a TI +33, SRI +30. Bred and exhibited by Donald Biggar, Festival was by the 6,800gns Glenisla Banquo and out of a homebred dam that came from a line of prize winning females from his 75 cow herd based at Castle Douglas. Festival went to join D and S Calder’s Grandtullybrae herd, Aberfeldy.
Next at 5,500gns was Coldrochie Factor TI +12, SRI +6. The two year old roan from Douglas McMillan, Luncarty, Perth went to WJ and J Green, Garmouth, Fochabers. Sired by LS Zeus and out of a Colnvalley dam, he was no stranger to the ring having collected a number of tickets including senior male champion at the 2013 Stars of the Future.
A bid of 5,000gns secured Langalbuinoch Future TI +22, SRI +17, for Mark Little Farms, Thurso. This red two year old was by the Royal Show champion, Tofts Romany, and out of a homebred heifer from Robert and Paula McAlister’s eight cow herd, based at Kingarth, Isle of Bute. Earlier in the day Future caught the eye of judge, Gerald Turton who awarded him the supreme male championship.
“As soon as he came into the ring, I found it difficult to look past him. Future has tremendous length, combined with great power and style. However there was little between him and the reserve champion, Galla Gold who has length, is well fleshed and has tremendous character.”
Galla Gold, TI +25, SRI +24, was a white 18 month old by the 5,400gns Kidston Rambo and out of a homebred dam from Jim Frame’s 23 cow herd based at Wiston, Biggar. He sold for 3,500gns to JS McLaren, Ballinluig, Pitlochry.
Mr Scott Taylor led the female trade at 5,000gns with a cow and calf pair to T Russell and S Farmer, Standford in the Vale, Faringdon. Barnaigh Lovely Xquisite 5 was a red three year old by Tornado of Skaillhouse offered with her six month old heifer, Barnaigh Lovely Xquisite 8, by Glengoy Dollar.
Next were twin, roan, 20 month olds by Belmore Fuel Injected and out of a homebred dam from Major John Gibb, Glenisla, Blairgowrie. The pair sold to J and D Haigh, North Willingham, Market Rasen. Glenisla Eva Broadhooks G933, TI +23, SRI +20, made 4,500gns whilst Glenisla Eva Broadhooks G934, TI +23, SRI +21, sold for 4,000gns.
A 4,200gns bid secured the female champion for Housebyres Georgiesheergorgeous TI +14, SRI +11 for Mohsin Altajir of Highland Wagyu, Dunblane. An 18 month old roan by Holmeere Horatio and out of a Cairnsmore bred heifer, she was bred by Andy Hall and Lisa Done, Moffat and was couple’s first female ever to be exhibited in Stirling since establishing their six cow herd in 2009. “We were nicely shocked. Georgie has stood out since she was born and has enjoyed success at the summer shows,” said Mr Hall.