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Tiger son roars to top of the trade at 16,000gns – Stirling, February 2023

Tiger son roars to top of the trade at 16,000gns

  • 59 bulls average £5697
  • 14 heifers average £3068
  • Six bulls at 10,000gns or more

Beef Shorthorn bulls met a ready trade at the breed’s spring sale at Stirling this week, with breeders seeing an increased number of bulls sold, backing up the increasing popularity of the breed at both a pedigree and commercial level.

Society operations manager Clive Brown said the sale had seen a solid demand for good bulls, with more sold on the year. “Increasing numbers of commercial suckler herd owners are recognising the strengths of the Shorthorn breed within their herds, particularly as they look to limit feed purchases and rely more on homegrown forage.”

Topping the trade at 16,000gns was the champion from the pre-sale show, Millerston Ramsay, an April 2021-born roan bull from Andrew Thornber and Daughters. This one had been bought at the foot of his dam, Millerston Augusta Heidi, at the dispersal of the Millerston herd of the late Jack Ramsay.

Sired by the Irish sire Bushypark Tiger, he sold after spirited bidding to the judge from the pre-sale show, Iain Green, for the Corskie herd, Moray.

Second best on the day at 14,000gns was Allan Jackson’s Charlesbury Croaghpatrick, a bull bred by Messrs Baird and Park. From the same female family as the 2018 reserve champion at Stirling, this one is by Charlesbury Hill Maker and out of Creaga Jetta, an Irish-bred dam by Ingleton C111. Buying this light roan bull were R L Morris and Partners, Blairgowrie.

Following him at 12,000gns was Stonehills Revelation from Geoff and Christopher Riby. This son of Faughhill Ivan is out of Stonehills Lovely, an Uppermill Jefferson daughter and sold to the Horrell family, Peterborough, for the Podehole herd.

The Horrells then recouped a large portion of their outlay when taking the first of two 11,000gns bids.

Their bull at this money was Podehole Reuben, a February 2021-born son of the homebred sire Podehole Magician. He’s out of Podehole Dora Love, a Royalla Rockstar daughter, making him a full brother to the 12,000gns Podehole Patriot. This one was the pick of H and N Sloan, Lauder, for the Burnfoot herd.

The other to make 11,000gns was Burnside Red Poll from Northern Irish vendors William and Jill McAllister. This May 2021-born bull is by the noted Fearn Godfather and out of Burnside Lovely Hanelle, a Glengoy Frigate daughter. He found a new home with Brian Goddard, Longtown.

Close behind that at 10,000gns was the best of the sale from the Meonside herd of David and Thomas Bradley-Farmer. This was Meonside Randango, an Elliot Salute son out of Meonside Miss Ramsden, an Alvie Galahad daughter. Taking this one was Peter Fitzgerald for the Cherryvalley herd, Crumlin, Co Antrim.

A 9000gns call followed that, with this money paid for another Millerston-bred bull, this time, Millerston Ramrod from Duncan MacGregor. Again, by Bushypark Tiger, he is out of Millerston Madeline Jazz, a Meonhill Charlie Chaplin son. Buying him was A and C Farms, Rutland, for the Langham herd.

The Riby family then took 8500gns for Stonehills Regent Street, a Faughhill Ivan son out of Stonehills Lancaster Viking, a Hallsford Viking Warrior daughter. Previously a first prize winner at the Great Yorkshire show he was bought by R F Leach, Banbury for the Warmington herd.

And taking an 8000gns call was Coxhill Rishi from L J Townsend, with this April 2021-born bull being by Millerston Kasper and out of Cherryvalley Northern Star, a Chapelton Glen Cova daughter. This one was knocked down to Lour Farms, Forfar.

A second 8000gns sale then came for Rasputin of Upsall from Gerald Turton. This one is by the homebred Madalong of Upsall and out of Victoria X1195 of Upsall, a Grenadier of Upsall daughter. He found a new home with Grant Stephen, Forres, for his Glendual herd.

After that came a 7500gns sale for another from the Bradley-Farmer brothers, Meonside R9. Sired by the homebred Meonside King Kong, he is out of Caramba Lovely Lovely, a Bushypark Ultra daughter. He was the choice of I and S Graham, Kilmalcolm.

Females

Topping the heifer trade at 5000gns was Meonside Irania Rosebud Raven from David and Thomas Bradley-Farmer, with this May 2021-born roan heifer being by the homebred Meonside King Kong and out of Coldrochie Irania Rosebud, a Knockenjig Foremost daughter. This one headed to Woodbridge, Suffolk, with R W Mann.

Richard and Carol Rettie then took 4500gns for Aberdona Rothes Rainbow, a July 2021-born heifer by Tamhorn Glen and out of a dam by Meonhill Charlie Chaplin, Aberdona Rothes Mynah. She had previously been reserve senior female champion at Stars of the Future in November and sold to Northern Ireland, with Leanne Green, Lisburn.

A 4200gns sale came next for another of the Meonside heifers from the Bradley-Farmer duo. This was Meonside Irania Rainbow Roxy, a daughter of DRS Super Mario 42E and out of Coldrochie Irania Rainbow, an LS Zeus daughter. She also headed south to Suffolk with R W Mann.

Then at 4000gns was Mountbenger Rachel from J F Iriving and Son. This Coldrochie Lincoln daughter is out of Mountbenger Gabby, a Chapelton Destiny daughter. Sold carrying to Meonside Nosty, she was bought by A and C Farms, Rutland for the Langham herd.

Next best at 3800gns was Galla Ruth Buttercup from J W Frame, with this one being by Llwynhywel Matthew and out of Catterall Buttercup, a Rothesay Eildon E238 daughter. In-calf to Caramba Cloud Rocket she went to Christopher Walwin, Carluke.

Averages; 59 bulls £5697, 14 heifers £3068 (United Auctions).