Beef Shorthorn bulls met a strong demand at the society’s spring bull sale in Stirling on Tuesday 3 February selling to a top of 13,000gns and averaging £5,066 for 56 entries sold, whilse over five more entries sold later outside the ring.
“Well grown, well-muscled bulls accompanied by Breedplan data met a ready trade fuelled throughout by a packed commercial ring side eager for a slice of the action, and that demand was reflected in more than 10 more bulls being sold on the year,” commented breed society secretary, Frank Milnes.
“They were keen to invest in genetics that will deliver a functional suckler cow also aware that by-product steers were seeing in to a ready market influenced by Morrisons’ Traditional Beef Scheme.”
Sale leader at 13,000gns was Balgay Gorgoroth TI +18, SRI + 10, a 23 month old roan by the 13,000gns Chapelton Braveheart and our of a Chapelton dam from Balgay Farm’s 50 cow herd based at Inchture, Perth. Led out by farm manager Mike Riddle and his wife, Jackie, the couple were taking the best ever price for the herd which was established in 2000. The first prize winning Gorgoroth went to Killearn, Glasgow based Campbell Graham to join his 650 cow suckler herd which includes 350 pure Beef Shorthorn. “This bull looks like a real Beef Shorthorn; he has length, depth, flesh, good hind quarters and head and great character,” said Mr Graham who also paid 9,000gns Meonhill Granville TI +31, SRI +19, a 23 month old roan by the £16,000 Chapelton Covenanter from LEP Farms, Chidden, Hambledon.
Two more Braveheart sons were in the money for Balgay. Minutes later the 22 month old roan Balgay Gorbadoc TI +29, SRI +23 made 8,000gns to Glenkiln Farms, Crocketford, Dumfries, whilst the two year old roan and reserve senior champion, Balgay Gypsy King TI +23, SRI +15 secured a 6,000gns bid from GH Stirling, Stow, Galashiels.
The day’s second highest call at 10,000gns went to Fearn Godfather TI +23, SRI +28, a dark roan 23 month old from John Scott and Partners. Sired by the 10,000gns Dakota of Upsall and out of a homebred dam from their Fearn, Tain based 65 cow herd, he went to MD McMillan, Luncarty, Perth. Earlier, Mr Scott’s 22 month old roan Fearn Great Glen TI +15, SRI +10 by Meonhill Highland Captain, made 7,500gns to W Barr, Lauder, Berwick.
Two more entries were bid to 9,000gns a piece. First to go was Meonside Ganster TI +31, SRI +24 from Frank Moffat, East Meon, Petersfield to David and Rosemary Dickie, Sanquhar, Dumfries. Ganster was a 22 month old roan by the 4,000gns Glenisla Zetor.
Minutes later, the Dickies recouped their spend when they offered their first prize winner, Knockenjig Glenturret TI +31, SRI +28 at 9,000gns to D Hodgson, Chathill, Alnwick. Glenturret was a 21 month old light roan by Meonhill Charlie Chaplin and out of a Gregors bred dam from their 25 cow herd. Earlier on, Knockenjig Glenfiddich TI +30, SRI +25, a 23 month old Charlie Chaplin son from the Dickies commanded a 5,000gns bid from GW Smith, Fordoun, Laurencekirk.
Lagas Gigolo TI +24, SRI +21, a 23 month old dark roan by Rowanberry Donatello, from Laga Farms, Evie, Orkney made 8,000gns to WS Robson and Son, Otterburn, Newcastle.
Four entries shared a 7,500gns bid. First to go was the senior and overall reserve champion, Pode Hole Gladiator TI +20, SRI +20, a two year old red and little white by the 10,000gns Chapelton Clansman and out of a homebred dam from Charles and Sally Horrell’s 55 cow herd based at Thorney, Peterborough. He returned south with PW and ES Willison, Cuckney, Mansfield.
LEP Farms were again in the money at 7,500gns with Meonhill Gangman TI +12, SRI +11, a 23 month old red and little white by their homebred Meonhill Highland Beau to J Ines and Son, Huntly, Aberdeen.
Two entries from Castle Douglas based Donald Biggar’s string went to 7,500gns each. Chapelton Galaxy TI +37, SRI +33, a 23 month old red Chapelton Typhoon son sold to C Nye, Ely, Cambridge, whilst Chapelton Glen Clova TI +32, SRI +28, a 22 month old by the 6,800gns Glenisla Banquo went home with J and C Gibb, Glenisla, Blairgowrie.
Another Typhoon son from Mr Biggar, the two year old dark roan Chapelton Gameboy TI +35, SRI +29 made 6,500gns to Percy Farms, Alnwick, whilst the Banquo sired 22 month old roan Chapelton Glen Glass TI +34, SRI +25 was secured for 5,800gns by K Munro and Son, Cupar, Fife.
Next at 7,000gns was Lowther Godwin TI +18, SRI +23, a 23 month old red Blelack Rupert son and out of an Upsall bred dam from Charles Lowther, Penrith to J Campbell, Todholes, Thurso.
Twenty four hours earlier, Mr Lowther secured the intermediate and overall supreme championship with Lowther Gervase TI +13, SRI +10 who commanded 6,500gns from EM Flett, Holm, Orkney. A roan 22 month old he was the first son to be offered by LS Eagle and out of a homebred dam from his 65 cow herd.
He commented: “I’m very excited about this new bloodline and even more thrilled to take the top male award, the first time ever having previously secured the female championship on four consecutive occasions.” For judge, NFUS president, Nigel Miller, his decision had initially been with Pode Hole Gladiator. “Of two very special, spectacular bulls, I was sure he would be my champion bull; he was very correct with good muscle, and real balance, however when Gervase came in to the ring, he just tipped the decision; he had the edge with that extra length, height and shape belonging to a Beef Shorthorn.”
The junior champion title went to Glenisla Gauntlet TI +28, SRI +22, a 22 month old roan by Glenisla Artic Storm. Bred and exhibited by the Gibb family, he was secured for 7,000gns by R Hyslop and Son, Sanquhar, Dumfries. Earlier on, another 22 month old roan Storm son, this time the first prize Glenisla Ghillie TI +21, SRI +17 made 5,000gns and went to join Highland Wagyu’s 250 cow Beef Shorthorn herd based at Dunblane, Perth.
A bid of 6,000gns secured Glenrinnes Goliath TI +13, SRI +12 for Jock Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayr. Bred and exhibited by Glenrinnes Farms, Dufftown, Aberdeen, Goliath was a 23 month old roan by Chapelton Ensign.
The Landers family, Newton Stewart offered their 18 month old red Chapelton Dauphin son, Cairnsmore Giovanni TI +18, SRI +18 at 5,800gns to D Baillie, Carnwath, Lanark.
Tofts Wing Commander TI +34, SRI +30 a roan 20 month old by the 7,000gns Royal Show champion, Blelack Major from Playfair Farms, Morebattle Tofts, Kelso was secured for 5,000gns by Gloucester based Sterling Sires for its dairy portfolio.
The 23 month old roan Mountbenger Gambler TI +14, SRI +13 by Chapelton Destiny from JF Irving and Son, Yarrow, Selkirk made 5,000gns to DC and JJ Marshall, Broughton, Biggar.
Averages: 56 bulls £5,066