Beef Shorthorn records were smashed at the society’s spring bull sale in Stirling on Tuesday (4 February) with a new 17,000gns breed record top call and record average of £5,457.
Females also hit a new record average of £2,492 for 48 sold, achieving a clearance rate of 98%.
Breed society secretary Frank Milnes said: “It was a flyer of sale. Trade was a bit selective. Well-grown, well-fleshed bulls accompanied by Breedplan data met a very ready trade throughout the day.”
He said while pedigree breeders fuelled the day’s top prices, commercial bidders underpinned trade and were looking to take advantage of Morrison’s premium Traditional Beef scheme.
Sale leader at 17,000gns from J and D Haigh, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, was Willingham Fomalhaut, a 22-month-old roan within the breed’s top 1% with a TI +29, SRI +25. Sired by Willingham Denebola, he is out of the 6,000gns Glenisla Eva Broadhooks and was purchased by Aucheneck Estates, Killearn, Glasgow.
Five more entries sold for five figures.
A 12,000gns bid secured a 23-month-old bull for MD McMillian Luncarty, Perthshire, from vendors D and R Dickie, Sanquhar Dumfriesshire. Knockenjig Foremost TI +31 SRI +25 is sired by Meonhill Charlie Chaplin and out of Knockenjig Margo. The Dickie family later sold Knockenjig Frontline TI + 28 SRI + 22, another Charlie Chaplin son, for 9,000gns to G and M Hodge and Son, Pathead, East Lothian.
The third highest price of 10,500gns was paid for Millerston Fine Ideal TI +16 SRI +14 from J P Ramsay, Mauchline, East Ayrshire. H Horrell, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire was the purchaser, who recouped some of his outlay taking 10,000gns for Podehole Fenman TI +16 SRI +11, by Chapelton Clansman and out of a homebred dam. He sold to J Scott and Partners, Tain, Kinross-shire.
The day previous Mr Ramsay secured the male champion with Millerstone Fullthrottle TI +12 SRI +14. He went on to sell for 6,200gns to E and J Mackie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Meanwhile the reserve overall male champion, a two-year-old bull from J Porter, Lisburn County Antrim made 8,000gns when selling to RF Leach, Banbury, Oxfordshire.
Also at 10,000gns for D J Biggar Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire was the reserve junior champion, Chapelton Ferdinand TI +32 SRI +26, by Glenisla Banqo. He was knocked down to Woodhead Brothers, Colne, Lancashire.
The day’s third 10,000gns bid was made for J and J Gibb’s junior champion Glenisla Faust FI +13 SRI +11, a 21 month old roan bull by Glenisla First Solution. He took the eye of Macadie and Sons, Thurso, Caithness.
Leading female trade at 5,000gns was the supreme champion Uppermill Fifi TI +21, SRI +18, a 21-month-old red and white heifer from J Porter, Lisburn, County Antrim. Purchased by S Mckiernan, Ballinagh, County Cavan, she was by the 2013 Royal Highland male champion Ardoyne Bombus, and out of a homebred dam.
Second highest with a bid of 4,600gns was Chapelton Duchess TI +27, SRI +21, a 23-month-old roan heifer by Chapelton Typhoon and out of a homebred dam bred from D J Biggar, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire. The successful bidder was S Wilkins, Crowborough, East Sussex.
Averages: 51 bulls, £5,457; and 48 females, £2,492.00.