Two 20,000gns calls lifted Beef Shorthorn bull averages at the breed society’s annual spring sale in Stirling on Monday (3 February).
Trade levelled £104 higher for 30% more sold (12 bulls), with commercial bidders looking to Shorthorns for lower-input, lower-cost systems.
Meanwhile, a smaller entry of heifers also saw keen bidding, with averages lifted £154 and trade topping at 4,600gns.
First at 20,000gns was the intermediate and overall male champion, Coxhill Magnum TI +31, SRI +31, a 22-month-old roan by Ballylinney Glen from LJ Townsend, Moffat, Dumfriesshire. He sold to Thistledown Cowford Farms, Bankfoot, Perthshire.
He is a Ballylinney son out of the Fearn Duke daughter Ballylinney Graduate.
Next in the ring and also hitting 20,000gns was Rookwith Marvellous from E Page, Bedale, North Yorkshire. The 22-month old roan was shared by Robert Leach, Warrington, and Thomas Staunton, North Kinvara, Galway.
Marvellous is by the 8,500gns Castlemount Junior and out of the Cavans Yankee daughter Chapelton Waterloo.
Two then followed at 11,000gns. The first was Glenisla Macleod from Major JPO Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
He is by Millerston Jamboree and out of the Glengloy Casanova daughter Glenisla Sally Broadhooks. This 22-month roan caught the eye of Balgay Farms, Inchture, Perthshire.
Also at 11,000gns was Meonside Mufasa, bred by Frank E Moffat and offered by D and T Bradley Farmer, Parkgate, Dumfriesshire. He sold to Gates Farming, Oakham, Leicestershire.
Next came two at 8,000gns call. The first was the day’s senior champion, Knockenjig Morpheus. He is a Fearn Jumpstart son from David and Rosemary Dickie Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway.
Morpheus is out of the Glenisla Zigzag daughter Mountbenger Caron. He sold to WJ and J Green, Fochabers, Morayshire.
Second to 8,000gns was Fearn Morangie from J Scott and Partners, Tain, Invernesshire. Morangie is by Fearn Jono and out of a homebred cow called Passion Grace.
Used as a yearling on heifers, he brings a blend of Australian, UK, Canadian and New Zealand genetics and caught the eye of A and C Farms, Langham, Rutland.
Female trade topped at 4,600gns with the 19-month-old roan Glenisla Desiree M381. She is by Millerston Jamboree and is another from Major JPO Gibb.
She Is out of Glenisla Desiree G974 and saw A and C Farms back in the bidding.
Next at 3,200gns was female champion Uppermill Broadhooks Bang from J Porter, Dromore, County Down. She caught the eye of Roundhill Farm, Buxton, Derbyshire.
She is by Glenisla Jackpot and out of Uppermill Broadhooks Bubbles.
Two entries sold for 3,000gns. Chapelton Duchess 6374 is a 22-month-old roan from DJ Biggar, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway. She sold to AE and AJ Thornber, Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Matching this was female champion Castlemount Matrix Matilda from D McDowell, Newtownards, County Down. She is by Elliot Matrix and goes back to Ingleton C111, and went home with R and K Williams, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Averages: 53 (+12) bulls £4,780 (+£140); 8 (-9) heifers £2,690 (+£154). (United Auctions)