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Rockstar sets the beat at Carlisle

Stonehills Rockstar from the Riby family’s East Yorkshire-based herd took the top call of 12,000gns at the Beef Shorthorn Society’s May Sale, Carlisle.

Sired by Podehole Rock Master, himself a son of the Australian sire Royalla Rockstar, this November 2021-born bull is out of a dam by Tofts Prince Grenadier and has stood reserve champion in the pre-sale show.

After spirited bidding he found a new home with Messrs Currie and Sons, Nemphlar, Lanark.

Second best of the sale at 8000gns was the day’s male champion, Meonside Rockafella from David and Tom Bradley Farmer, Dumfries. He’s a son of Canadian sire DRS Super Mario and is out of the Elliot Salute daughter Meonside Waterloo Lavender.

He sold with top end performance figures, including a top 1% milk figure and was the pick of Messrs Evans, Criccieth, Gwynedd.

Next best among the bulls at 5200gns was second prize winning Sowerbyparks Remus from S and G Hunt, Yorkshire. Sired by Heir Apparent of Longfield and out of a dam by Lowther Garrick, he went home with Dye and Elizabeth Clark, Carluke.

And then making 4500gns was Redstones Romeo from Charlie Fletcher. This one is by Glenariff Majestic and out of Runleymill Miss Ramsden Flo 12, herself a daughter of Chapelton Dauphin. This one was knocked down to Messrs Wood, Windemere.

Close behind at 4300gns was another from the Riby family, Stonehills Real McCoy. This is a Jason of Upsall son out of Stonehills Lovely Jeffas 4, an Uppermill Jefferson daughter. Buying him was Amos Farms, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

And then making 4000gns was another from the Hunt family, Sowerbyparks Reece. This one is by Stanfordpark Night Escape and out of a Caramba Secret Love, a Bushypark Ultra daughter. He heads to Ellesmere, Shropshire, with Messrs Mainwaring.

Females

Leading the female trade at 6000gns was the day’s female champion, Millerston Madeline Rae from J and H Gibson. This Cairnsmore Landmark daughter is out of Millerston Madeline Lilly, a Meonhill Charlie Chaplin daughter and sold having run with Mayfield Powerhouse. Unsold through the ring, she was sold afterwards to Millie Birch for the Highsky herd, Staffordshire.

Taking a 4800gns call was the second prize winning Kimrina Rhubarbcrumble from C J Ward, Whitby. This Craigfaddock Khan daughter is out of Kimrina Jasmin, a Podehole Falconer daughter and was taken by A C Farms, Langham, Rutland.

Next in line at 4000gns was Coxhill Matchless-R693 from L J Townsend. This first prize winner is by Glenisla Masterton and out of Coxhill Matchless N479, a Ballylinney Glenn daughter. She sold having run with Woodhow Maradonna and buying her were Messrs McIntyre, Greenock.

Then making 3600gns was Ballard Rothes Ruby from Fraser Hugill’s draft. This Oakleigh Kildale Lad daughter is out of Ballard Rothes Jemima, a Chapelton Franciscan D103 daughter and was bought by Messrs Harper and Son, Biggar.

Following her away at 3400gns was Pikestone Smarty Romantic from C and J C Stephenson. This Derwentwood Kinsman daughter is out of the Chapelton Wildfire-sired Pikestone Smarty Dot and sold to Thirmby Farms, Penrith.

Wrapping up the notable female trade at 3000gns was Woodhow Rowan from David Nesbitt. She’s by the homebred Woodhow Maradona and is out of Woodhow Rose, a Grenadier of Upsall daughter. Buying this one were Messrs Bentley and Son, Barnard Castle

Averages; 17 bulls £4379.11, 24 females £2563.73, nine Roadway herd females £2059.16, 12 Ballard herd females £2603.13 (Harrison and Hetherington).