Female trade topped at 1,850gns at the Beef Shorthorn Society spring sale on the weekend (26 April)
Taking the top bid was Linthorpe Barrington Duchess 2nd, a roan heifer by the well regarded bull Podehole Brigadier, due in early June to Cairnsmore Thraser. She was purchased by Tina Russell and Simon Farmer for their Longfield Herd of Beef Shorthorns now based in South Oxfordshire.
Two further served heifers made 1650 gns each. Both were forward by Whitchurch, Shropshire breeders IW and NJ Hollows. The first,Grafton Elesha, by Chapelton Waverley and due in August to Meonhill Echo was purchased by M Stoneham, Farington, Oxfordshire.
The second, Holkin Daisy Faith, also due to Meonhill Echo towards the end of June, went to J M Thornley, Glossop, Derbyshire.
Trade was lively for both served and maiden heifers and in particular for anything showy. Leading the maiden heifers was Hannington Fiddle, one of a bunch from Messrs Horton and Sons, Swindon. She sold for 1,050 gns to Tina Russell buying on behalf of Mr Stoneham, who also paid another 1050 gns for Hannington Opal Angela, another Glenbrae Bismark daughter with excellent EBV figures.
Averages: six served heifers, £1723.75; 10 maiden heifers, £880.83.