10 September 1999

Beef Shorthorn boost

A 150-strong crowd gathered at Thirsk Auction Mart, North Yorks last weekend to take their part in the rare opportunity to acquire 43 pedigree females.

The sale capitalised on the increasing interest being shown in Beef Shorthorns driven by the demand for hardy and economical suckler females. That demand saw some buyers travel from as far south as Hants for the sale.

John Doughy, a great supporter of the breed, had two entries from his Tugby herd in Leics which made the highest prices. The January 1998-born roan heifer Tugby Tessa 11th took the championship and reached the top price of 1000gns.

Bred from two Royal Show champions – Balmyle Crackle and Balmyle Tessa 16th – she was bought by judge Mr RHB Smith, estate manager at Blackford Farms, Dunblane. He also gave 955gns for Tugby Irania, a 14-month-old red and white heifer also by Crackle.

A Chapelton Eclipse sired maiden heifer from the Ripon-based Newfield herd of Michael Abrahams made 750gns to Mr Tompkins, Carlisle. (Thirsk Auctions) &#42