Beef Shorthorns peak at 12,000gns at Stirling

Beef Shorthorns met a level demand with bulls selling to a top of 12,000gns, achieving an 89% clearance at the breed society’s official autumn sale at Stirling on 22 October.

“Trade remained relatively strong throughout despite suckler producers feeling extremely uncertain about their future post-Brexit, in particular the beef trade. They have also suffered one of the most difficult farming seasons,” commented breed society secretary, Joanna Bailey.

Leading the trade at 12,000gns was the male champion, Shawhill Leroy TI +25, SRI +21, a roan 19-month-old by the homebred bred Shawhill Henderson from Thomson, Roddick and Lawrie, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. The buyer was DJ Welsh, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.

Shawhill Leroy © Tim Scrivener

Next at 6,000gns was Meonhill Leader TI +29, SRI +24, a red and white 21-month-old Elliot Danny Boy son from LEP Farms, Chidden, Hampshire, to JP Gray, Alnwick, Northumberland.

Meonhill Leader © Tim Scrivener

A bid of 5,200gns secured Charlesbury Mr Mackai TI +18, SRI +15 for A and C Farms, Langham, Rutland. A roan 19-month-old by Creaga Kai Ie, he was bred and exhibited by Park, Baird and Hamilton, Charlton, Wiltshire. 

Charlesbury Mr Mackai © Tim Scrivener

Burnside Lad TI +27, SRI +27, a red and white 32-month-old by the 10,000gns Dakota of Upsall from William and Jill McAllister, Ballymena, County Antrim, commanded a 5,000ns bid from JW Taylor, South Ronaldsay, Orkney.

Heading the female trade at 5,000gns was Gordon Millicent 166 TI +26, SRI +19, a roan 18-month-old heifer by the 13,000gns Chapelton Braveheart from GR Brooke Estate. She went to Evans and Price, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.

Top entry at 4,800gns from the annual draft from Major JPO Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perthshire was Glenisla Foxglove Flake L228, TI +33, SRI +29, a roan 19-month-old heifer by the 7,500gns Chapelton Glen Clova. She sold to Walker of Netherwood, Banknock, Stirlingshire.

Other leading heifers from Major Gibb included Glenisla Waterloo Naomi TI +21, SRI +20, another same age roan by Glen Clova selling for 3,800gns to James M Hay and Son, Brechin, Aberdeenshire.

Next at 3,500gns was the roan Glenisla Foxglove Flake L273 TI +22, SRI +22, a 19-month-old by the 7,000gns Flight Lieutenant of Upsall to Thomas Cheetham, Retford, Nottinghamshire. Another Flight Lieutenant sired heifer, the 18-month-old roan Glenisla Eva Broadhooks L292 TI +22, SRI +19 made 3,000gns to Ian Stewart, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.

Castlemount Matrix Margo © Tim Scrivener

Two Elliot Matrix daughters from D McDowell, Newtownards, County Down, were each bid to 4,600gns. The roan 17-month-old and female champion, Castlemount Matrix Margo TI +14, SRI +10 went to T and J Linton, Biggar, Lanarkshire whilst the red and white Castlemount Matrix Strawberry TI +18, SRI +16 was knocked down sold to Evans and Price.


15 bulls: £4,487

32 females: £2,487

Drafts: Glenisla: 11 heifers: £2,396

Dunsyre 8 heifers: £2,113

(United Auctions)