Beef Shorthorn bulls peaked at 6,000gns at the breed society’s official early spring sale in Carlisle on Friday 24 February.
Sale leader was 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 WJ 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.
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.
Next in the money were two heifers from DD McDowell, Newtownards, County Down. Castlemount Matrix Tessa SSI +10, RI +12, a 20 month old red and white Elliott Matrix daughter who earlier on had secured the female championship, was sold for 3,000gns to an undisclosed buyer. Reserve female champion, Castlemount Dice Heathermaid SSI+8, RI +10, a Kilfrush Roulette daughter scanned in calf to Elliott Matrix was bid to 2,900gns by D Bewley, Ruthwell, Dumfriesshire.
Rob Paisley, Ilkley, West Yorkshire offered three maiden heifers, each by the 6,000gns Alvie Bovill. T Staunton Kinvara, Galway paid 2,700gns for the dark roan Westmoor Irania Jordane SSI +18, RI +15 and 2,400gns for the light roan Westmoor Sapphire Jelly Bean SSI +17, RI +15, whilst MJ Blair, Penrith Cumbria secured the roan Westmoor Rhona Jubilee SRI +14, RI +19 for 2,600gns.
Averages: 9 bulls £2,998.33; 11 heifers £2,5529.44
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington