Beef Shorthorn females smash breed records at Stirling

Beef Shorthorns established two new breed records at Stirling on Sunday (18 October), where insatiable female demand saw a record heifer price of 15,000gns and a record female average of £3,543.75.

Sale leader at 15,000gns was Elliot Miss Lea 825 from John Elliot, Kelso, Roxburghshire. This 28-month-old heifer by Sull Cyclone sold in-calf to Elliot Conundrum and was knocked down to G Price, Aberystwyth, Ceridigion. Mr Elliot sold 13 entries to average £4,408.

Ellio Miss Lea

Elliot Miss Lea: 15,000gns © Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society

The day’s second-highest call of 7,800gns went to an entry from Major JPO Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, who traded a total of eight heifer lots to average £5,932. His sale topper was Glenisla Desiree N461, a 15-month-old roan by the 12,000gns Millerston Jamboree. She sold to A&C Farms, Langham, Rutland.

Glenisla Desiree

Glenisla Desiree: 7,800gns © Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society

See also: Beef Shorthorns top at 15,000gns at Stirling Bull Sales 2019

Bull trade was led at 6,200gns by Drumsleed Nato, a 21-month-old Knockenjig Glenfiddich son from G and M Smith Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire. He sold to EW Jolly, Forfar, Angus.

Drumslead Nato

Drumsleed Nato: 6,200gns © Tim Scrivener

Meanwhile the dispersal of David and Rosemary Dickie’s Knockenjig herd topped at 11,000gns and achieved 100% clearance. Leading trade was the 18-month-old heifer, Knockenjig Duchess N2018, by the 9,000gns Meonside Ganster and out of a home-bred dam. She sold in-calf to Fearn Jumpstart to Gates Farming, Coldoverton, Leicestershire.

Averages: Seven bulls, £4,410; 52 females, £3,543.75 (+£1,103.75) 88% clearance; four cows and calves, £3,281.25; Knockenjig dispersal: 20 cow and calves, £5,360.25; one in calf cow, £2,940; two bulls, £7,875; four young bulls, £4,068 (United Auctions)