BEEF Shorthorn bulls sold in a steady trade at Stirling Agricultural Centre on Tuesday, with 55 lots selling to average £3,978 per head.
Sale leader at 8,500gns was the first prize winning Burnside Elite brought out by the husband and wife team of William and Jill McAllister, who had made the trip from Kells in County Antrim. Born in April 2011, he is by the popular AI sire Creaga Dice, and is out of the home-bred Burnside Bluebell - whose dam Glenisla Desiree Z452 was purchased at Perth for 3,200gns, and was unbeaten as a yearling and two-year-old heifer.
The McAllister’s were delighted with their day’s achievement, and confirmed to Farming Life that this was a new record price for the three-cow Beef Shorthorn herd which was founded eight years ago.
This bull is in the breed’s top 25% for calving ease, and has Breedplan figures TSI+16 and SRI+14. He joins the Shawhill pedigree herd owned by Messrs Thomson, Roddick and Laurie from Lockerbie.
Two lots came under the hammer at 8,000gns each. First to sell was the intermediate and supreme overall champion Chapelton Exemplar TSI+23 SRI+21 bred by Donald Biggar OBE, Castle Douglas. Born in March 2011, he is by Chapelton Typhoon, and is out of a home-bred dam by Tofts Romany. This bull is a full brother to the breed’s 15,000gns Chapelton Dauphin, and sold to Messrs Robson and Co from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
Judge Friar Thomson from Forfar, Angus commented: “There was a tremendous line-up of Beef Shorthorn bulls, the best I’ve seen for a very long time. The champion’s class was particularly hard to judge, but my overall champion has excellent conformation with muscling through the rear, and is an exceptional example of the breed.”
Also selling at 8,000gns was the second prize winning Tofts Whisky E775 TSI+20 SRI+16 from Playfair Farms based at Kelso in Roxburghshire. Born in April 2011, he was sired by Tofts Jovial S147, and is bred from Tofts Wineberry B1236. This one is in the breed’s top one per cent for milk +12, and sold to pedigree breeder Mr D M Dickie, who runs the Knockenjig herd at Sanquhar in Dumfriesshire.
Next best at 7,500gns was Donald Biggar’s first prize winning Chapelton Emir TSI+21 SRI+20. Sired by Glenisla Banqo, he is bred from Chapelton Cheerleader, and was snapped by Greenmount College based in County Antrim.
James Porter, Upper Ballinderry, Lisburn, claimed the reserve junior championship award with Uppermill Retro TSI+8 SRI+5. Born in May 2011, he is by the herd’s privately purchased stock bull, Trunley Zorba – senior male champion at Glenarm in 2011; while his dam is the Uppermill Bartle daughter, Rothes Jordan. This one came under the hammer at 4,500gns, selling to Mr Brims, Thuster Mains, Wick, Caithness.
James Porter also realised 4,000gns for the first placed Uppermill Jefferson TSI+23 SRI+17. Sired by the home-bred stock bull, Uppermill Jinks, this July 2011 born entry was bred from the Chapelton Touchstone daughter, Old Glenort Judy – one of 55 cows in herd. He is in the breed’s top 5% for eye muscle area +3.0, and is +7 for milk.
William and Jill McAllister were in the money again, realising 3,800gns for the fifth placed Burnside Egbert. This March 2011 born entry was also sired by Creaga Dice, and is out of the Belmore Fuel Injected daughter, Glenisla Desiree Z452 – Antrim Show native breed champion in 2010.
Beef Shorthorn females peaked at 2,400gns, paid to Donald Biggar for the third prize winning Chapelton Secret Sally 3728. Born in May 2011, she is by Glenisa Banqo, and is out of the Cavans Yankee daughter, Chapelton Secret Sally J3038. In-calf to Dunsyre North Star, she sold to Mr Lamb from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.
T and K Madden from Glencloy, Ballymena, County Antrim, secured the female championship award with the April 2011 born Ballyvaddy Heathermaid E775. Sired by the 6,000gns Chapelton Yardley – Perth champion in October 2006; she is bred from the 3,000gns Chapelton Heathermaid 613. This one failed to meet her reserve in the salering and returns home unsold.
James Porter sold the fifth prize in-calf heifer Uppermill Rothes Madge for 2,000gns. Born in April 2011, she is by Ardoyne Bombus, and is out of the Chapelton Nimrod daughter, Rothes Maidenhair S032. This one is scanned in-calf to Uppermill Gladiator, and sold to Balnabroich Farms in Dundee.
Uppermill Jinks was behind the breeding of the fourth placed Uppermill Rothes Mabel which sold at 1,800gns for James Porter. Born in May 2011, she is also in-calf to Uppermill Gladiator.