Beef Shorthorn females met an exceptional demand from a packed ringside selling to a new breed centre record of 5,900gns in Skipton on Wednesday 9 November at the breed society’s official autumn sale.
Sale leader at 5,900gns was Shawhill Lovely Jade TI +15, SRI +12, a 20-month old roan heifer by the 8,500gns Burnside Elite and out of a Rawcliffe bred dam. Bred and exhibited by Thomson, Roddick and Laurie, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie, she secured the supreme female championship before selling to P Scott Taylor, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire.
The same buyer also went to 3,800gns for another Shawhill entry, this time the reserve female champion, Shawhill Tulip Heather TI +17, SRI +13, a roan two-year-old by Shawhill Frosty.
The day’s second highest call at 5,000gns went to the light roan Sandwick Floss Jitterbug TI +10 SRI +6, a 19 month old by Stonehills White Warrior from A and C Ivinson, Ousby, Penrith to DJL Evans, Llanilar, Aberystwyth.
Tessa X302 of Upsall with her eight month old heifer
Next at 4,000gns was a cow and calf pair from Gerald Turton, Upsall, Thirsk to TG O’Fee, Cleator, Cumbria. The roan 12-year-old Tessa X302 of Upsall Ex 90, was an Uppermill Recto daughter, sold in calf, and offered with her eight-month old heifer, Tessa X1149 of Upsall.
Another cow and calf pair from Mr Turton made 3,700gns to RJ Baudains, Nunnington, York. Clipper X864 of Upsall was a four-year-old roan by Comet of Upsall and sold with her 10-month old roan heifer, Clipper X1125 of Upsall by Grenadier of Upsall.
Mr Turton sold 22 entries in total including 14 maiden heifers to average £2,374. His heifer trade was led at 3,200gns by Nonpareil X1019 of Upsall TI +29, SR +25, a red in calf two-year-old by Frigate of Upsall. The buyer was A and C Farms, Langham, Oakham who went on to purchase two more heifers. They paid 3,200gns for Secret Maid X1055 of Upsall, a white 20 month old within the breed’s top 1% with a TI +31, SRI +22, by Belore Patriarch. A and C Farms also went to 3,000gns for another white 20 month old, Clipper X1065 of Upsall TI +20, SRI +11 by Fortress of Upsall.
Next at 2,800gns was Tessa X1110 of Upsall TI +15, SRI +14, an 18-month old roan by Glengoy Frigate to DS McFadzean, Perth who also went to 2,300gns for the next lot in the ring, Sandwick Jane Austin Rose TI +17, SRI +15, an 18 month old red and little white Stoneroyd Gallagher daughter from A and C Ivinson.
Three roan maidens from Mr Turton shared a 2,500gns bid. First to go was Augusta X106 of Upsall, a 20 month old by Festival of Upsall to I Stewart, Lockerbie. Next was Tessa X1099 of Upsall TI +26, SRI +16, a 19-month old Gauntlet of Upsall daughter to W Hebron, Bradford who made a second 2,500gns call for Jilt X1107 of Upsall TI +28, SRI +22, an 18 month old by Dingo of Upsall. Mr Hebron also went to 2,400gns for another Dingo daughter, the roan 18-month old Clipper X1112 of Upsall TI +21, SRI +20.
Other leading entries included a cow and calf pair from GL Riby, Beverly at 3,000gns to S Mair, Turriff, Aberdeenshire. Stonehills Viking Gem TI +12, SRI +11 VG87 was a five-year-old, red and white Hallsford Viking Warrior daughter with her seven-month old heifer, Stonehills Jeffas Gem by the 4,000gns Uppermill Jefferson.
Albion Jilt Helena TI +13, SRI +10, a two-year-old in calf roan heifer by Tarrant Arnie from P Braithwaite, Great Ayton commanded a 2,500gns bid from I Tennant, Carluke.
Averages: 32 maiden heifers £2,091; 16 in calf heifers £2,303; 11 cows in calf or with calves at foot £2,281.