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Young Shorthorn breeders steal the show at Stirling

It was a weekend to remember for young Beef Shorthorn breeder, Grant Stephen with his sole entry, Glendual Sammy leading him to his first Overall Championship and hitting top price on sale day of 21,000gns, selling to North East pedigree breeders, W J & J Green, Corskie.

No stranger to the show circuit, the March 2022 born bull was Reserve Junior Male at Stars of the Future 2022, third prize at Royal Highland Show 2023 as well as Champion at Nairn and Reserve at Keith Show last summer.  He was sired by Fearn Godfather and out of HW Gorgeous Tessa who Grant purchased as a heifer calf at foot at the HW dispersal.

Judge for the day, John Scott from Fearn Farm said, “It was a tremendous show of bulls at this year’s sale but I selected Glendual Sammy as my Senior and Overall Champion as I think he is a really good example of the breed – quiet, long, easily fleshed with plenty of depth about him.”

Following behind in Reserve Overall was the Intermediate Champion, Westbroad Scotia, a Shawhill Leroy son out of Westbroad Rusty 15th, from fellow young breeder Natalie Hynd. Purchased as a calf from the Westbroad herd, Natalie had successfully shown Scotia since a calf with tickets including Junior Male Champion and Reserve Junior Overall Champion at Stars of the Future 2022 and Reserve Junior Male and Reserve Overall Male at Royal Highland Show 2023. He released at 15,000gns to pedigree breeders, J W Frame, Little Galla.

With 10 bulls breaking the five-figure mark it was a record-breaking average for the breed of 7,491gns for 47 bulls sold, up 1,794gns on the year.

Achieving second top price of the day at 20,000gns was Willingham Spitfire, a son of Willingham Lieutenant Commander, from the Haigh family. Heading south to breeder Mrs Mary Cormack, Spitfire stood third prize in the pre-show, having previously been Royal Highland Show 2023 Junior Champion, Male Champion and Reserve Overall Champion. The Haigh’s achieved a second five figure price with Willingham Salamander who sold for 12,000gns to the Mountbenger and Coxhill herds.

15,000gns was achieved for the second time for the Reserve Intermediate Champion, Duncanziemere Saltire from Alistair Clark & Sons. He sold to Glenrinnes Farms, Morayshire.

Other leading prices included 11,000gns and 10,000gns for Coxhill Spartacus and Coxhill Sultan from Mrs Lucinda Townsend, 11,000gns and 10,500gns for Sovereign of Upsall and Squadron Leader of Upsall from Hon. Gerald Turton and 10,000gns for Burllie Saltire from D & M Wylie.

Through in the heifer ring, the average was also up on the year at 2,593gns for 13 heifers sold with top price of 4,000gns going to the pre-show Champion, Balgay Silky Blythesome S189 from Balgay Farms. The May 2022 born heifer out of Balgay Silky Blythesome and sired by Glenisla Macleod sold to J Dodge from Shetland.

Mr Scott highlights, “As one of the fastest growing native breeds in the UK, the Beef Shorthorn breed has given a lot to the cattle industry over the last 200 years and will continue to do so, especially with input costs continuing to rise. The breed is known for its maternal traits – fertile, easy calving, milky and docile – making it an ideal low input suckler cow.

He concludes, “It’s great to see the breed average up on the year with bulls keenly sought from both pedigree and commercial breeders from across the country.”

Sale highlights

10 bulls sell for 10,000gns or over

Champion Lot 182 21,000gns GLENDUAL SAMMY (P) Mr Grant Stephen

Lot 230 20,000gns WILLINGHAM SPITFIRE (P) Mr A Haigh

Reserve Champion Lot 202 15,000gns WESTBROAD SCOTIA (P) Natalie Hynd

Lot 204 15,000gns DUNCANZIEMERE SALTIRE (P) Alistair Clark and Sons

Lot 232 12,000gns WILLINGHAM SALAMANDER (P) Mr A Haigh

Lot 212 11,000gns COXHILL SPARTACUS (P) Mrs L J Townsend

Lot 240 11,000gns SOVEREIGN OF UPSALL (P) Upsall Castle Farms

Lot 222 10,500gns SQUADRON LEADER OF UPSALL (P) Upsall Castle Farms

Lot 213 10,000gns COXHILL SULTAN (P) Mrs L J Townsend

Lot 244 10,000gns BURLLIE SALTIRE (P) D & M Wyllie

Lot 193 9,000gns GLENISLA SAMSON (P) Major J.P.O. Gibb

Lot 243 9,000gns CAIRNSMORE SPACEMAN (P) Mr and Mrs B. Landers

Female Champion Lot 269 Balgay Silky Blythesome S189 sells for 4000gns