The Beef Shorthorn female trade was flying, with the the breed seeing a new record average and a new record top price for a female sold.
The breed record was set by Messrs James Biggar, of Grange, Castle Douglas, who realised 13,000gns for his heifer Chapelton Honeysuckle 3719(LOT 270). She was purchased by Haigh, Lincs. Born in April 2011, she was sired by Glenisla Banqo and is out of Chapelton Honeysuckle 2873. She was scanned in calf to Dunsyre North Star in June and was placed first at the Royal Highland Show.
Frank Milnes of the Beef Shorthorn Society said this October’s average exceeded that set at the same event last year.
“It was very encouraging to see new buyers purchasing females. People have realised the attributes of the Beef Shorthorn for maternal suckler cows for some time but now we have the market for steers through Morrisons, it is encouraging more to get into Shorthorn sucklers,” he said.
Before the top price sale, Major J P O Gibb, of Glenisla House, Perth, equalised the previous record when selling his 17-month-old heifer Glenisla Eva Broadhooks (LOT 253) for 6,000 gns to Laga Farms, Evie, Orkney. Sired by Glenisla Blizzard she is out of Glenisla Eva Broadhooks A536 and is in-calf to Glenisla Drum Major.
Next was Lowther Capri, from Nord Vue Farms, Lowther, Penrith, which sold for 4,000gns to Sacombe Hill Farm, Hertfordshire. The April 2011-born heifer is sired by Blelack Rupert, (LOT 239 – above) out of LS Capri and is in-calf to Glounlea Lightning 8th, due next April.
From the same vendors was an LS Animal daughter Lowther Sally 292 (LOT 222 – above). Having taken the top spot in female the championship she went on to sell for 3,700 gns to Brown of Craigowmill Farm, Milnathort, Kinross.
She was out of Augusta Sally Upsall S049 and is in-calf to Glounlea lightning, due in April next year.
Another lot forwarded from the Glenisla Herd, which sold for 3,600 gns to Raindale Herd Farm, Pickering, N Yorkshire, was Glenisla Margo E855(LOT 262). The roan, April 2011 born heifer is sired by Holmeere George and out of Glenisla Margo B583.
Next best to sell was three-year-old Wavendon Rothes Mynah (LOT 273) and her bull calf Wavendon Constellation. She is sired by Millerston Augustus, and was sold by Mr C J S Marler, Onley, to Rettie and Richard for 3,000 gns.
Lowther Holly 299, in-calf to Glounlea Lighting 8th also sold to Craigowmill Farm for 2,800 gns. Sired by lS Animal she is out of Lowther Holly 006 and is in-calf to Glounlea Lightning 8th, due next April.
Overall the Shorthorn bull trade was very similar to the same event last year with 11 bulls sold to average £4,047.
Mr Milnes commented: “It was a normal trade for what we usually sell in October and follows on from an exceptional trade in February.”
Topping the male section was Langalbuinoch Diesel (Lot 102) from R and P MCAlister, Langalbuinoch Farm, Kingarth, Isle of Bute, which sold for 8,000gns to Leys Farm, of Leys Castle, Inverness.
The November 2010 born bull was sired by Newfield Tarquin and out of Langalbuinoch Zara.
Achieving the second highest bid in his category was Dunsyre Demetri (Lot 99) from Carey Coombs, of Weston farm, Dunsyre, Carnwath. He sold for 7,500gns to James Porter, from Northern Ireland. The 25-month-old was sired by Dunsyre Asterix and out of Dunsyre Violet 7th.
Meanwhile Birselawsie Eric (Lot 106) from D and J Hardie, of Midmar, Inverurie, sold for 5,500gns to Mitchell and sons, of Hawick, Roxburghshire. Sired by Oldglenort Sparky the March 2011 born bull is out of Birselawsie Pearl Alice.
Next was (LOT 91) Blelack Majestic forward by Mr N F Massie and sons, from Bleleck Farm, Dinnet, in Aboyne. He was purchased by Muir Liam for 4,200gns. He is sired by Blelack Secret Service and out of Blelack Miranda and has a TSI of +9.
The reserve champion Chapelton Esquire(Lot 107). from Messrs James Biggar, from Grange, Castle Douglas, sold for 3,700gns to Maclennan, from Balliefurth, Morayshire. The 16-month-old is sired by Canvas Yankee Y838 and is out of Chapelton Duchess 2403.