BEEF Shorthorns bulls sold to a high of 15,000gns to average £4,676 which is £1,127 down on the year with a 58 per cent clearance rate. Heifers averaged £3,158, up £1,131 on the year.
Breed society secretary, Jo Bailey, said she was relatively pleased with the trade which demonstrated there was still a demand for a low input, functional suckler cow.
The sale leader at 15,000gns was the overall and junior champion, Podehole Landmark, which gave the Horrell family, who run 60 pedigree Beef Shorthorn cows near Peterborough, their best ever price. The April 2017-born son of Knockenjig Hercules out of Podehole Phantasy was knocked down to Gates Farming, Cold Overton, Leicestershire.
Leonard of Upsall, a March 2017-born son of Dingo of Upsall out of Augusta X822 of Upsall, took the reserve senior championship before going on the sell for 13,000gns. A big winner it the show ring this season, it was consigned by Gerald Turton, Thirsk, and sold to D.M. Dickie, Sanquhar.
Major J.P.O. Gibb, Perth, sold the Glenisla Jack Frost son, April 2017-born Glenisla Lochan Dubh, for 9,000gns. Out of Glenisla Sally Broadhooks J106, it went home with Charles Lowther, Askham, Penrith.
At 8,000gns was the reserve intermediate champion, Lawyer of Upsall, a March 2017-born son of Fearn Elmer out of Tessa X930 of Upsall from Mr Turton. The buyer was S.S. Horton and Son, Cirencester.
Two bulls sold for 7,500gns. The first was the senior champion, Podehole Lincoln, another from the Horrells. By the same sire as the sale topper, Hercules, and out of Podehole Gypsy Delores, it sold to M.G. Bailey, Forfar.
The other at this money was Dunsyre Lancelot, a son of Redhill Ferny out of Dunsyre Hyacinth from Carey Coombs, Carnwath. It was knocked down to R.L. Morris and Partners, Coupar Angus.
Making 6,500gns was Lightening of Skaillhouse, a son of Glenisla Faust out of Tulip 36 of Skaillhouse consigned by C. Macadie and Sons, Thurso, which sold to W. and J. Macallister, Ballymena.
Females sold to 6,000gns for Chapelton Gem 5839, an April 2017-born roan heifer by Fergus of Upsall out of Chapelton Gem 2044 from Donald Bigger, Castle Douglas. The second prize winner, sold in-calf to Balnabroich Kermit to Thomas Staunton, North Kinvara, Co Galway.
Next at 4,000gns was the female champion, Glenisla Foxglove Flake L295 consigned by Major J.P.O. Gibb, Perth. In-calf to Millerston Jamboree, the April 2017 daughter of Chapelton Glen Cova out of Glenisla Foxglove Flake B597 was knocked down to Alfie Shaw, Dungannon, Co Tyrone.
Another heifer from Major Gibb, Foxglove Flake L242, also in-calf to Jamboree, but this time by Glenisla Explorer 825 was knocked down for 3,200gns to W.S.L. Muir, Stromness, Orkney.
Averages – 41 bulls, £4,676 (-£1,127 on 2018); 14 heifers, £3,158 (+£1,131 on 2018).
Auctioneers: United Auctions.