Shorthorns gain support

BEEF SHORTHORN bulls are rapidly establishing a strong following of buyers at Perth and this week’s demand showed support continues to gain pace with a top call of 8000gns and three other deals at 6000gns and over.

Breeders James Scott and Partners of Tain, Ross-shire, earned the biggest cheque with their roan bull Fearn Wyvis. This strong, stylish AI-bred son of Dunsyre North Star has a terminal sire index of +19 ranking him in the top 1% of the breed.

He is out of an Uppermill Loch Alsh-sired cow with a dash of some good Glenisla breeding behind her. And it was Glenisla herd owner Major Gibb who snapped him up at 8000gns for his estate at Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

The Hon Gerald Turton, who has done so much to promote the breed and the eating qualities of Beef Shorthorn beef, collected the championship with the roan bull Wyvis of Upsall bred in his herd at Thirsk, North Yorks.

He is by Uppermill Recto and has a terminal sire index of +16. Buyer at 7500gns was Shetland Island farmer E Graham.

The Chapelton herd of the Biggar family from Castle Douglas is never out of the top frame and here they scored a 6000gns deal with Chapelton Waterloo. This red and white American AI-bred bull is by Butterfield Able Seaman and out of a Mel-Bar Knockout-sired dam. He was bought by Notts farmer G Foljambe.

Boosting the earnings of James Scott and Partners was Fearn Walnut, a red and white bull with the same combination of breeding that produced their sale topper. Walnut made 6000gns to Glenapp Estate, Ballantrae.

And the Biggars had more to smile about when their red bull Chapelton Warrior proved the appeal of imported genetics among ringsiders. This ET-bred entry is by WHR Sonny and out of an HS Instant Enticer-sired cow. Buyer at 4800gns was Messrs Tomkins, Carlisle.

Averages: 38 bulls averaged 2776 (last year 40 bulls averaged 3386.25). (United Auctions)