Beef Shorthorn heifers met a strong demandselling to a top of 3,100gns at the breed society’s official show and sale inSkipton. Heading the trade was the day’s champion, Tessa X767 of Upsall TI +16,SRI +8, a 20-month-old in calf Dunsyre Bonaparte daughter and out of a homebreddam from Gerald Turton, Upsall, Thirsk. She sold for 3,100gns to J and L Swiers,Thirsk.
Leading the sale through the ring at 2,700gns wasCroxtonpark Talbot TI +18, SRI +14, an 18-month-old in calf heifer by ChapeltonWildfire and out of a Tofts bred dam. Exhibited by Morrison Farm, DumfriesHouse, Cumnock, she sold to J and L Swiers, Thirsk.
Minutes later, the same vendors offered theirhomebred Rothesay Ziggy TI +18, SRI +18 at 2,300gns to C M Fanshawe, Naseby,Northampton. An 18-month-old in calf heifer, she was by Glenkiln Cambus and outof a Gregors bred dam.
Two entries shared the day’s next highest 2,600gnsbid. First in the ring was the 21-month-old Shawhill Edward TI +18, SRI +10, anAlvie Blueyed Boy son and out of an Upsall dam. Bred and exhibited by Thomson,Roddick and Laurie, from Eaglesfield, Lockerbie, earlier in the day he securedthe reserve championship before being knocked down sold to F W Graham, Masham,Ripon.
The second 2,600gns bid was made by E G and L APaddy Jones, Nannerch, Mold, for a 20- month-old in calf heifer from TracySevern, Barkisland, Halifax. Highlee Elizabeth TI +8, SRI +6 was by Astrix ofUpsall and out of a Sandwick bred dam. At 2,100gns the same vendor offeredHighlee Rose Diamond TI +15, SRI +12, a two-year-old in calf heifer by Vulcanof Upsall and out of a Sandwick dam. The buyers were M E and T D Tailford,Riding Mill, Hexham.
Gerald Turton offered a string of females includingthe 20-month-old Nonpareil X764 of Upsall – an in calf heifer by DunsyreBonaparte which sold for 2,000gns to F Hare and Sons, Brignall, Barnard Castle.Minutes before, Marigold X539 of Upsall, another sale age in calf heifer by thehomebred Vortrekker of Upsall made 1,900gns, selling to P Turnbull, Pickering.
Mr Turton also led the maiden section at 2,500gnswith his 18-month-old Upsall Augusta X786 TI +21, SRI +17 by Bonaparte and outof a homebred dam. The buyer was T Riley, Midgely, Hebdon Bridge. Victoria X782of Upsall, another 18-month-old maiden this time by Chapelton Wildfire made1,500gns to S Cornforth, Egton, Whitby, who also went to 1,450gns for the17-month-old maiden, Ury Maid X791 of Upsall, TI +14, SRI +5, by Bonaparte.
Paul Braithwaite, Stokesley offered the reservefemale champion, the two-year-old in calf heifer, Albion Jilt Desiree TI +10,SRI +12, by Uppermill Lomand. She was secured for 1,900gns by L A Senior, Heysham,Morecambe. Mr Braithwaite also secured 1,850gns for his two-year-old in calfheifer, Heworth Boss Ballard Girl 1, a Bossman of Upsall daughter. The buyerswere M E and T D Tailford.
Averages: 11 heifers £1,565.45; 16 in calf heifers £2,103.28; 5 cows £1,900.50;2 bulls £2,336.25