Beef Shorthorn leads at 7,000gns in Carlisle

Beef Shorthorn bulls sold to a top of 7,000gns and achieved 85% clearance whilst females went to 5,300gns in Carlisle on Friday 25 May at the breed society’s official spring sale.

 Coxhill Kirk, 7,000gns

Coxhill Kirk, 7,000gns

Trade leader at 7,000gns was Coxhill Kirk TI +15, SRI +15, a red two-year-old by Glengoy Callum and out of a Cairnsmore dam from L Townsend, Moffat, Dumfriesshire to Whitehall Farms, Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Next at 5,500gns was the two-year-old roan Glenisla Keystone TI +20, SRI +17, a Glenisla Hornblower son from Major JPO Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perthshire to FW Graham, Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Heading the female trade at 5,300gns was Castlemount Matrix Princess 2 TI +14, SRI +13, a red and white 16-month-old heifer by Elliot Matrix from DD McDowell, Newtownards, County Down to R Taylor and Sons, Fintry, Stirlingshire. The same breeder was in the money again at 3,600gns when he offered the rising two-year-old red and little white bull Castlemount Killinchy TI +15, SRI +11, by Matrix to R Leach, Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Millerston Klondyke TI +22, SRI +19, a dark roan rising two-year-old bull by the 12,000gns Meonhill Charlie Chaplin from Jack P Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayrshire was secured for 4,600gns in a joint bid from Tom Tennant and Mullholland Contracts, both from Selkirk, Scottish Borders. Another Charlie Chaplin son from the same breeder, this time the rising two-year-old red Millerston Kickstart TI +23, SRI +21, sold at 3,400gns to George Hodge, Kirkfieldbank, Lanarkshire.                      

Next at 4,500gns was Lagas Kevin TI +15, SRI +12, a two-year-old roan bull by the 5,500gns Chapelton Adonis from Laga Farms, Evie, Orkney to MJ Blair, Penrith, Cumbria.                            

Two entries shared a 4,000gns price tag. First to go was Oakleigh Kerry, a roan two-year-old Chapelton Bonanza daughter from P Turnbull, Whitby, North Yorkshire to T Staunton, Kinvara, County Galway.                            

Heading Helmsley, North Yorkshire based FJ Hugill, T/A Hugill and Eaton’s Ballard draft at 4,000gns was Ballard Lovely Katherine, a two-year-old dark roan heifer by the 5,000gns Chapelton Franciscan to Thistledown Cowford Farms, Bankfoot, Perthshire. The same bidders went to 3,500gns for Outrawcliffe Jody, a red and white second calver by Glenisla Explorer from AJ and DA Wilkinson, Preston, Lancashire. Jody was sold with Outrawcliffe Jody, her two-month-old heifer by Shadybrook Powerplay.

 Castlemount Matrix Princess 2, 5,300 gns

Castlemount Matrix Princess 2, 5,300 gns

A bid of 3,800gns secured Derwentwood Kinsman TI +33, SRI +28 for C and JC Stephenson, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. A red and little white,18-month-old Meonhill Fire Fox son, he was bred and exhibited by N and A Hunter, Consett, County Durham.

Two heifers were in the money for T and K Madden, Ballymena, County Antrim. Their red and white two-year-old Ballyvaddy Princess TI +16, SRI +13 by Hurricane of Ballyvaddy made 3,500gns to G and E Price, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion whilst Ballyvaddy Heathermaid TI +25, SI +26, a rising two-year-old red and white by the 10,000gns Dakota of Upsall sold for 3,000gns to R Taylor and Sons, Fintry, Stirlingshire.

Averages: 19 bulls £3,470.53; 15 served heifers £2,208.50; 18 maiden heifers £1,633.33; 12 cows in calf and/or suckling £1,684.25. Drafts: Ballard, 7 lots £2,205.00; Wells, 9 lots £1,289.17; Fieldhouse, 15 lots £1,216.60.

Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington