Stirling bull sales 2018: Shorthorns lead sale hitting 20,000gns twice

Beef Shorthorns led trade at Stirling on Monday (5 February), with two bulls commanding joint-top bids of 20,000gns and seven entries hitting five-figure sums.

Trade was back £111 (£5,803) as four fewer sold on the year, but bidding rose to 20,000gns for the society sale’s top lot, Millerston Kasper, a 22-month-old roan by Meonhill Charlie Chaplin out of a homebred cow going back to Podehole Beefeater. 

Kasper, who secured junior champion at the Great Yorkshire, was bred by Jack P Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayrshire and sold to L Townsend, Moffatt, Dumfriesshire.

Millerston Kasper knocked down to L Townsend, Moffatt, for 20,000gns. © Tim Scrivener

Millerston Kasper knocked down to L Townsend, Moffatt, for 20,000gns. © Tim Scrivener

See also: Upsall females lead record Skipton Shorthorn trade

The other 20,000gns bull was Fearn Godfather, a stock bull sold in the first of a two-part herd dispersal of Douglas McMillan of Perthshire’s Coldrochie Beef Shorthorn herd.

Fearn Godfather, a five-year-old roan by the 10,000gns Dakota of Upsall out of a Fearn dam, returned to his breeder, J Scott and Partners, which sold him in Stirling three years ago for 10,000gns.

Next at 15,000gns was the 21-month-old red and white Balnabroich Kermit. The Glenisla Centurian son, out of a Glengoy dam from Balnabroich Farms, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, was knocked down to DJ Biggar, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire.

A 15,000gns bid secured Balnabroich Kermit for DJ Biggar, Castle Douglas. © Tim Scrivener

A 15,000gns bid secured Balnabroich Kermit for DJ Biggar, Castle Douglas. © Tim Scrivener

The next highest price of the day was for a female from the Coldrochie herd dispersal. Glenisla Desiree TI +24, SRI +22, an eight-year-old roan by Holmeere George in calf to Godfather.

She was sold to S Anderson, Loughborough, Leicestershire, along with her six-month-old dark roan, Coldrochie Desiree, by the 12,000gns Knockenjig Foremost.

Two entries shared 11,000gn bids. First, the senior champion Willingham Katabatic, a 23-month-old roan by Fearn Wyvis from A Haigh, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, was knocked down to I Evans, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. 

Senior Champion Willingham Kabatic from A Haigh, Market Rasen, went to I Evans, Aberystwyth, for 11,000gns. © Tim Scrivener

Senior champion Willingham Katabatic from A Haigh, Market Rasen, went to I Evans, Aberystwyth, for 11,000gns. © Tim Scrivener

Next Coldrochie Kensington, an 18-month-old dark roan by Fearn Godfather, bred by MD McMillan, Luncarty, Perthshire, was secured by LEP Farms, Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Fear Godfather son Coldrochie Kensington sold to Hampshire-based LEP Farms for 11,000gns. © Tim Scrivener

Fearn Godfather son Coldrochie Kensington sold to Hampshire-based LEP Farms for 11,000gns. © Tim Scrivener

Leading the female trade at 3,500gns was Grovewood Josie, a two-year-old red heifer by Dakota of Upsall in calf to Glenisla Explorer. Bred by Chris Mallaber, Drakelow, Derbyshire, she went to TC Brown, Towcester, Northamptonshire.

Next at 2,900gns was Knockenjig Rosie Duchess, a 23-month-old red heifer by Glengoy of Geronimo in calf to the 10,000gns Fearn Jumpstart. Bred by David and Rosemary Dickie, Sanquhar, Dumfries and Galloway, the buyers were GS and GI Pettit, Fochabers, Morayshire. 

Averages: 59 bulls £5,803; 13 females, £2,027; Coldrochie dispersal: 13 cows and calves, £5,557; four in-calf heifers £5,880; one maiden heifer, £3,990; four young bulls £4,383, two stock bulls £12,180. (United Auctions)