Beef Shorthorn bulls smashed records at Stirling this week (6 February) when a new top price for the breed of 26,000gns was set and averages rose by £1,566 to a high of £5,914.
Eight of the 65 bulls on offer sold for five-figure sums, with a clearance of 87%, while there was 100% clearance for the 33 females on offer.
Beef Shorthorn Society president Sally Horrell believed the strong trade was fuelled by producers wanting a functional suckler cow.
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“They (buyers) were also aware that the by-product steers are continuing to find a ready market influenced by Morrisons Shorthorn Beef scheme,” she said.
Breaking the previous record of 17,000gns for Willingham Formalhaut with a bid of 26,000gns was Glenisla Jackpot (pictured), a roan 23-month-old by the Australian bred Broughton Park Thunder. Out of the home-bred Glenisla Desire from Major John and Catriona Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, he sold in the breed’s top 5% with an SRI +24 to James Porter, Lisburn, Co Antrim.
The day’s second highest call of 15,000gns was made by Bill and Jane Landers, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire, for the reserve junior champion, Coldrochie Jurassic (above) TI +18, SRI +19, a 20-month-old roan by the 12,000gns Knockenjig Foremost from Douglas McMillan, Luncarty, Perthshire.
Two more Foremost sons were sought after. A bid of 10,000gns secured the 22-month-old roan, Coldrochie Jeronimo TI +22 (above), SRI +21 for Glenrinnes Farms, Dufftown, Banffshire, while Coldrochie Jack TI +22, SRI +19, a 19-month-old roan made 6,500gns to WJ and J Green, Fochabers, Morayshire.
Jason on Upsall (above) TI +34, SRI +28, a 23-month-old roan by the 4,000gns Glenisla Zetor from Gerald Turton, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, commanded a 14,000gns bid from Geoff Riby, Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
Three entries from Duncan McDowell, Newtownards, County Down, and each by the Canadian-bred Elliot Matrix were in demand. The junior champion, Castlemount Jetliner TI +15, SRI +8, a 19-month-old roan made 13,000gns to E and T Richardson, Preston, Lancashire.
The red and white 20-month-old Castlemount Junior TI +16, SRI +11 was secured for 8,500gns by Page Farms Partnership, Bedale, North Yorkshire, while Castlemount Joshua, a same age red and white made 7,000gns to JP Gray, Alnwick, Northumberland.
Mr Porter was in the limelight earlier in the day when his two-year-old roan, Uppermill Supreme TI +18, SRI + 14, a Carrock Chalkie son, was awarded senior and overall reserve titles and sold for 6,000gns to G Hunt, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.
The Gibb’s also secured 7,000gns from Strathisla Farms, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, for Glenisla Jester TI +27, SRI +30, a 22-month-old roan by Glenisla Excalibur, who went back to Broughton Park Thunder.
The Gibbs father and daughter team went on to invest some of their takings in Millerston Jamboree TI + 20, SRI +18, the intermediate and overall supreme champion, from Jack and Grace Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayrshire. They paid 12,000gns for this 21-month-old roan by Meonhill Charlie Chaplin.
The Ramsays were in the money for two more same way bred, 22-month-old roan Charlie Chaplin sons. Millerston Jukebox (above) TI +27, SRI +23 was secured for 10,000gns by SS Horton and Sons, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, while Millerston Jasper TI +25, SRI +22 made 6,000gns to Grove Farms, Irongray, Dumfriesshire.
Fearn Jumpstart TI +25, SRI +30 (above), a 20-month-old roan by Fearn Godfather from John Scott and Partners, Tain, Invernesshire, was bid to 10,000gns by David and Rosemary Dickie, Sanquhar.
Trade was led at 6,600gns by Castlemount Matrix Foxglove Flake TI +11, SRI +8, a roan 21-month-old from Duncan McDowell, Newtownards. Sired by Elliot Matrix and scanned in calf to Meonhill Firefox, she went home with Ross Withers, Truro, Cornwall.
Next at 4,800gns was Galla Julie Wildeyes TI +13, SRI +11, a little red and white 20-month-old from JW Frame, Biggar, Lanarkshire. Sired by Kidston Rambo, she was secured by Eamonn McCormack, Strokestown, County Roscommon.
Two entries attracted a 4,500gns bid. First to go was the female champion, Lancaster Liz 21 of Skaillhouse, a 23-month-old roan from C Macadie and Sons, Thurso, Caithness. A Glenisla Faust daughter, she was sold to S and J Hodgson, Bradford, West Yorkshire.
Westbroad Daisy 2, an 18-month-old red and white, commanded the second 4,500gns bid. An Hallsford Dominic daughter bred and exhibited by D Welsh, Kilmarnock, Lanarkshire, she went to Thomas Staunton, North Kinvara, Galway.
Averages: 65 bulls £5,914; 33 females, £3,016.
Auctioneers: United Auctions