Beef Shorthorn bulls smash breed records

Beef Shorthorn established two new breed records; 27,000gns for males and a £6,127 average - up £1,347 on the year for 54 lots sold and with 79% clearance in Stirling on 21 February, where entries met an insatiable demand at the Society’s official sale. Furthermore, females sold to 7,500gns, a record February sale price tag.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 8:00 am
Meonside Nosty 12,000gns
Meonside Nosty 12,000gns

“We were thrilled to see trade undiminished by Covid restrictions, instead it’s massive strength was fuelled by buyers demonstrating vision,” commented breed society president, Cathryn Williamson.

“They were aware that Beef Shorthorn genetics will fit future systems, providing a solution that will deliver a low input, low cost, modern functional suckler cow – one that’s milky, hardy, fertile, forage based, with a quiet temperament and great longevity. And they are also aware that Beef Shorthorn cross steers are continuing to find a ready market influenced by Morrisons Shorthorn Beef scheme.”

Sale leader at 27,000gns was the 20-month-old dark roan Meonside Nidavellier who was in the breed’s top 5% with a TI +45, SRI +50, MI +27. Sired by the 10,000gns Stirling champion, Willingham Kensington he was bred by D and T Bradley Farmer, Parkgate, Dumfriesshire and knocked down sold to LJ Townsend, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway.

Muiresk Northern Dancer 14,000gns

Minutes before the Bradley Farmers offered Meonside Nosty TI +52, SRI +55, MI +26, another 20-month-old dark roan by Kensington. He was secured for 12,000gns by JF Irving and Son, Yarrow, Selkirkshire.

The vendors’ success continued through to the female trade when Meonside Broadhooks Ninet TI+49, SRI +49, MI +27, a 20-month-old roan Kensington daughter commanded the section’s second highest 6,500gns call from T Russell, Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire. The same buyer also went to 3,800gns for Meonside Broadoaks Nella TI +41, SRI +32, MI +19, a rising two-year-old by Kensington.

The day’s second leading bid of 14,000gns went to Muiresk Northern Dancer TI +36, SRI +47,

MI+26, a 22-month-old roan from Stuart Mair and Sons, Turriff, Aberdeenshire. Sired by Alvie Galaxy, he sold to A J and A Barrett, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

Meonside Nidavellier 27,000gns

The Barretts recouped more than their investment when they offered two entries by the 5,000gns Glenisla Ghillie. First to go at 9,000gns was the 20-month-old roan, Glenariff Nearctic TI +46, SRI +51, MI+27, to C Williamson, Kingussie, Invernesshire, whilst Glenarriff Nathaniel TI +47, SRI +52, MI+27, a rising two-year-old roan made 7,500gns to GH Stirling and Sons, Galashiels, Selkirkshire.

Two entries each sold for 10,000gns. First was Glenisla Nobleman TI +30, SRI +38, MI+30, a two-year-old roan by Broughton Park Thunder from Major JPO Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perthshire to GL Riby, Bridlington, East Yorkshire. The same vendor offered Glenisla Nitro TI +24, SRI +24, MI+23, a 23-month-old roan by the 12,000gns Millerston Jamboree for 9,500gns to William Young and Son, Kirkcaldy, Fife, whilst Major Gibb’s third and final entry, the same way bred Glenisla Nicholas TI +44, SRI +53, MI+29, a 23-month-old red and little white made 7,000gns to Ian Fleming, Duns, Berwickshire.

The day’s second 10,000gns call was made by W Landers, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire for Chapelton Nearco TI +41, SRI +39, MI+20, a 23-month-old red and white by the 15,000gns Balnabroich Kermit from the late DJ Biggar, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway. Later on, the Landers family recouped some of their spend when their Cairnsmore Nasri TI +28, SRI +34, MI+25 a 21-month-old roan by Redhill Lord Thunder sold for 6,800gns to A and F Skene, Brechin, Angus.

A 9,000gns bid secured Podehole Nordic TI +44, SRI +45, MI+21, for James Porter, Lisburn, County Antrim. Bred by Harry Horrell, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, he was a 23-month-old red and little white by the 9,000gns Klondyke of Upsall.


Millerston Iranian Marilyn TI +26, SRI +21, MI+20, commanded a new 7,500gns record February female price tag for Grace Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayrshire. A rising three-year-old roan by the 6,000gns Glenrinnes Goliath, she was sold in calf to Cairnsmore Landmark. The buyers were A and C Farms, Rutland, Leicestershire who also went to 3,500gns for the roan Millerston Augusta Meryl TI +20, SRI +15, MI+19 another same age and same way bred heifer.

Grace Ramsay offered a string of seven, 2018 born heifers, each in calf to Landmark, to average £3,915, with the next best at 4,500gns, Millerston Gretta Mandy TI +37, SRI +39, MI+23, a Meonhill Charlie Chaplin daughter selling to MA Lawrie, Kirriemuir, Angus.

Averages: 54 bulls £6,127.00; 18 females £3,029.00

Auctioneers: United Auctions