NI-bred Beef Shorthorn secures Stirling championship

Beef Shorthorn Coldrochie Grace Beauty selling for 11,000gns.

Beef Shorthorn Coldrochie Grace Beauty selling for 11,000gns.

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Beef Shorthorn females met a strong, level demand selling to a top of 11,000gns and achieved a new breed female average of £3,021 at the breed association’s official autumn sale at Stirling, on Monday 17 October.

“A very firm trade throughout the sale resulted in an overall 57 lots averaging £3,021, up £817 on the year and 92% clearance, trends that reflected the continuing demand for Beef Shorthorn as a functional suckler cow and attracting buyers at the ringside from as far afield as Cornwall, Orkney and County Galway,” commented breed society chief executive, Milly Fyfe.

The female championship went to Castlemount Matrix Zoe TI +6, SRI +5, a 16 month old roan by Elliot Matrix from DD McDowell, Newtownards, County Down. She went on to command the day’s second highest price of 7,500gns and returned over the water with Cherry Valley Farms, Crumlin, Antrim.

Leading the trade at 11,000gns was Coldrochie Grace Beauty TI +19, SRI +13, an 18 month old in calf roan heifer by the 12,000gns Knockenjig Foremost and out of a homebred dam from Douglas McMillan, Luncarty, Perthshire. The buyers were JR Graham and Partners, Biggar, Lanarkshire.

Mr McMillan offered a draft of eight more entries including two in calf heifers at 5,500gns. Coldrochie Broadhooks TI +25, SRI +27, an 18 month old red and little white Foremost daughter sold to A and C Farms, Langham, Rutland, whilst Coldrochie Catriona Rosebud TI +26, SRI +24, a 19 month roan old by Chapelton Winsome commanded 5,500gns from Ross Withers, Truro, Cornwall.

Three more heifers by Knockenjig Foremost were in the money for Mr McMillan. Two entries shared a 4,500gns bid; first to go was Coldrochie Lovely Hornbeam TI +20, SRI +17, an 18 month in calf roan to H Strawson, Newark, Nottinghamshire, whilst the other entry Coldrochie Catriona Rosebud TI +24, SRI +22, a red 15 month old maiden sold for 4,500gns to A and C Farms. At 4,000gns, I Tennant, Hyndford Bridge, Lanarkshire secured Coldrochie Irania Penny TI +19, SRI +15, an in calf roan 18 month old.

Next at 6,500gns came from a draft from Major John and Catriona Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perthshire to Cherry Valley Farms. Glenlisa Desiree TI +28, SRI +26 was a 19 month old roan heifer by the homebred Glenisla Excalibur. The same buyers paid 4,200gns for another Excalibur daughter, the Folda Glenisla Catriona Rosebud TI +17, SRI +19, a red and white two year old. Next at 5,500gns was Glenisla Carnation Rouge TI +17, SRI +21, another 19 month old roan heifer by Excalibur to KWW Brown, Milnathort, Kinross.

Three more entries from the Gibbs, this time by the 7,000gns Flight Lieutenant of Upsall were amongst the sale leaders. A bid of 5,000gns was made by James Cameron, Cupar, Augus for Glenisla Desiree TI +23, SRI +22, a 19 month old red and little white whilst a second 5,000gns price was paid by I Tennant for Glenisla Sally Broadhooks TI +17, SRI +18, a, 18 month old roan. Glenisla Foxglove Flake TI +22, SRI +18, a 17 month old roan by Flight Lieutenant made 4,000gns to HG Murray, Bonar Bridge, Sutherland.

Donald Biggar, Castle Douglas led his trade with two, two year old in calf entries by the 7,500gns Stonehills X Factor. First to go at 4,200gns was Chapelton Ruthie TI +15, SRI +11, a dark roan to Geoff Riby, Beverley, East Yorkshire. Fiona Wilson, Torphins, Aberdeenshire paid 4,00gns for the second entry, the roan Chapelton Duchess TI +26, SRI +19.

At 4,000gns, JW Frame, Biggar, Lanarkshire offered Galla Joanna Gina TI +17, SRI +17, a two year old roan heifer by Kidston Rambo to T Staunton, Kinvara, County Galway.

The bull trade was topped at 6,500gns by Rumsden Harry TI +16, SRI +16, a roan two year old by the 10,000gns Chapelton Clansman from Sarah Wilkins, Jarvis Brook, East Sussex to I Brown, Sanday, Orkney.

Kingarth, Isle of Bute based R and P McAlister offered Langalbuinoch Hitman TI +11, SRI +9, a two year old roan by Newfield Tarquin for 4,200gns to WSL Muir, Stromness, Orkney. A bid of 4,000gns from J McIntosh, Stranraer, Wigtownshire secured the male champion, Willingham Jagersfontein TI +24, SRI +17, a 19 month old roan, bred and exhibited by A Haigh, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.

Averages: 31 females £2,357.41; 14 bulls £2,916.90: Drafts: Coldrochie, 9 heifers £5,051.66; Glenisla, 10 heifers £4,588.50; Fingask, 5 heifers £1,554.00

Auctioneers: United Auctions