Beef Shorthorns get boost in trade

Trade was for Beef Shorthorns was undoubtedly boosted by enhanced confidence in the breed, coupled with the current incentive offered by the Morrisons premium for Beef Shorthorn-sired steers at the second annual show and sale of pedigree beef breeding cattle on behalf of the North of England Beef Shorthorn Club at Skipton Auction Mart.

Leading trade was the second prize 21-month-old bull, Shawhill Donald, from Scottish breeders Thomson, Roddick and Laurie and represented at Skipton by father and son, John and Mathew Thomson. This one by Glenisla Zetor sold at 4,100gns (£4,305).

Next in the money was Mr Turton’s Upsall herd, presenting the top-priced heifer and second top price in show at 4,000gns (£4,200) with the December, 2009-born Tessa X683 of Upsall, the first prize senior heifer and reserve female champion.

She is a daughter of Bilsdale Anson, bred near Stokesley by David Hollingworth and acquired by Mr Turton in 2008 when supreme champion at the northern society sale at Thirsk. The sire was also responsible for the top-priced 6,500gns bull at the breed society fixture at Kelso last month.

The first calf of the home-bred Tessa X505 of Upsall and herself scanned in calf to the Broughton Park Thunder son, Dingo of Upsall, was bought by North Craven beef and sheep farmers Stuart and Gail Currie, of Beautry Farm, Rathmell.

The Curries also purchased the top price female at Skipton’s 2010 fixture, their first-ever Shorthorn acquistion for a new starter herd. Of their latest acquisition, Mr Currie said: “She has a lot of style. If she does as well as the one we bought here last year, we will be more than happy.”

The Curries, who run the Northern Equine Therapy Centre at Rathmell, also paid 2,600gns (£2,730) for another Turton maiden heifer, the 15-month-old Broughton Park Thunder daughter Tessa X721 of Upsall. The quality duo supplement the Curries’ current holding of four Shorthorn cows and calves.

There were other highlights on the day for the Upsall herd and stock manager Ian Park. Sapphire X706 of Upsall, the first Broughton Park Thunder heifer to be offered for sale, joined Ian Clough, of Stape, Pickering, for 3,000gns (£3,450).

Victoria X369 of Upsall, a 2005 daughter of Woden of Upsall, sold with heifer calf at foot by Atillar of Upsall and in calf to Dunsyre Boneparte, joined H & N Sloan, of Lauderdale in the Scottish Borders, for 3,000gns, top price in class.

Two others notable performers also made good prices. Westmoor Dahlia, who is in calf to Podehole Cracker, and Westmoor Lancaster Daisy consigned by the Paisley’s, Dumfries and Galloway both found new homes in Lincolnshire when joining J and D Haigh, of Market Rasen, for 3,300gns (£3,465) and 3,100gns (£3,255) respectively. 

Skipton show female averages were well up on last year, with cows and calves averaging £1,933 (£1,575 in 2010), in-calf cows £1,320 (£735), in-calf heifers £2,084 (£1,351.49) and maiden heifers £1,803 (£1,216). Bulls averaged £2,195.