With 15 Charolais bulls breaking the 10,000gns barrier and the 136 in total averaging £6,821, it was the only breed to beat the previous year’s average in the 2015 Stirling bull sales. Topping the trade was Clyth Indestructible from R. MacKay, Lybster, at 18,000gns.
Beef Shorthorn records were smashed in Carlisle when Derek and Cindy Steen offered a portion of their Lockerbie based Ballylinney herd.
An 18,000gns male record price was achieved together with a new £3,644 female average for 135 entries -- which was also a 100 per cent clearance. The top seller was Ballylinney Glenn, a two year old dark roan bull.
Northern Ireland breeders John, William and Andrew McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down, topped the Farmers Guardian-sponsored Hereford Cattle Society spring show and sale at Hereford market, at 10,800gns. Their 22-month-old bull, Solpoll 1 KitKat weighed 860kg, and has EBVs for eye muscle area and retail beef yield in the top 1 per cent of the breed.
A new breed record of 5,400gns for a senior bull, was established at the Longhorn Cattle Society’s spring show and sale at Worcester.
There was keen competition throughout the sale, not least for the reserve overall champion, Aberdeen Nik, from Graham Lenox, Aberdeen, which was sold to D. Howden, Ludgershall, Buckingham.
A new market record was set at Bentham Auction’s annual show and sale of hoggs with lambs at foot when the champions made £500 per family.
For the third year running Messrs Winter, Appleby, produced the winners – this year with North of England Mule hoggs with single Suffolk lambs at foot. One of the judges, Graeme Jackson, Bentham, bought them.
The British Berrichon Sheep Society’s inaugural show and sale at Worcester saw a new record price established for a female of the breed. Selling at 1,450gns, the record maker was a shearling ewe from R.G. Ellliott and Son, Northants. Four figure prices were a feature of the sale.
A new centre record price of £4,300 for a store beast, was established at Hexham and Northern Marts’ Tyne Green market.
The supreme championship was judged by Harry Emslie, Mintlaw, Aberdeen, who ended up buying his choice for champion, an outstanding British Blue cross bred heifer from Nicky, Anne and Ian Robinson, Boghall, Capheaton.
Beltex breeders saw a new centre record of 4,200gns established at Chelford in their annual summer show and sale.Topping the trade was Biggar breeder Richard Wood with a Kingledores shearling ewe by Glenkeen Sanders, and out of a Brickrow Conrad sired Kirklawhill ewe that had been overall champion at the Scottish in-lamb sale last year. A. Wood, Whittingham, Preston was the buyer.
D.N. Bennett and Son, Meifod, Powys, topped the Lleyn Sheep Society sale at Ruthin and set a new centre record, with ram Plasucha Dependable selling for 11,000gns.
The buyer was Christine Lewis, Caersws, with Messers Bennett retaining a half share.
October was something of a month for record prices.