NI Beef Shorthorn females scoop the silverware in Carlisle

Castlemount Matrix Tessa 3,000gns was the female champion at Carlisle
Castlemount Matrix Tessa 3,000gns was the female champion at Carlisle

NI bred Beef Shorthorns were in the limelight in Carlisle on Friday 24 February. at the breed society’s official early spring sale.

Female championship went to Castlemount Matrix Tessa SSI +10, RI +12, a 20 month old red and white Elliott Matrix daughter and one of two heifers from DD McDowell, Newtownards, Co Down. She sold for 3,000gns to an undisclosed buyer.

Mr McDowell also took the reserve female title with Castlemount Dice Heathermaid SSI+8, RI +10, a Kilfrush Roulette daughter scanned in calf to Elliott Matrix. She was bid to 2,900gns by D Bewley, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire.

The female trade was led at 3,200gns for Knockenjig Margo SSI +23, RI +22, a red and white six year old by Cavans Northern Light and out of a Glenisla bred dam. Bred and exhibited by David and Rosemary Dickie, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, she was sold in calf to Glengoy Geronimo to J Adamson, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.

Beef Shorthorn bulls peaked at 6,000gns for the reserve male champion, Lagas Joseph SSI +13, RI +14, a roan 22 month old by the 5,500gns Chapelton Adonis and out of a Galla bred dam. Bred and exhibited by Laga Farms, Evie, Orkney, he sold to Dundarave Properties, Bushmills, Antrim.

Next at 3,800gns was the roan Balgay Juitter Bug SSI +20, RI +12, a 22 month old Balgay Zetor son from Balgay Farm, Inchture, Perth. The buyer was D Leeson, Malton, North Yorkshire.

A bid of 3,000gns secured Mountbenger Jackson TI +27, SRI +22 for W and W J Jardine, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. The red and white 22 month old was a Blinkbonny Equity son and took the overall male and supreme championship for his exhibitor, David Baillie, Carnwath, Lanarkshire.

Averages: 9 bulls £2,998.33; 11 heifers £2,5529.44

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington