At Stirling Beef Shorthorn bulls sold to 20,000gns for Jack Ramsay, Mauchline with Millerston Kasper.
The sale averaged £5,803 which is £111 less on the year with a 75 per cent clearance which is down from 87 per cent last February.
Breed society president, Sally Horrell said she was very happy with the trade which was underpinned by the need for good functional suckler cows with the Morrisons scheme supporting a strong store steer trade.
The sale leader at 20,000gns, Millerston Kasper, is March 2016-born son of Meonhill Charlie Chaplin out of Millerston Irania Flame. Having been junior male champion at the Stars of the Future calf show and junior and reserve breed champion at the Great Yorkshire Show, it sold to L. Townsend, Moffatt.
Next at 15,000gns was Balnabroich Kermit, a May 2016-born son of Glenisla Centurian out of Glenjoy Lovely Cecilia from Balnabroich Farms, Blairgowrie. The buyer was Donald Biggar, Castle Douglas.
Alan Haigh and daughter, Lois and Alice who run 20 pedigree Beef Shorthorns near Market Rasen in Lincolnshire sold the senior champion, Willingham Katabatic by Fearn Wyvis out of Dunsyre Honeysuckle Opal for 11,000gns to I. Evans, Llwynhyel, Llanilar.
The family also had the overall and intermediate champion, Willingham Kensington by Willingham Haigh out of Glenisla Broadhooks Eva which went on to make 10,000gns to Drayton Farms, East Meon, Hampshire.
One of the last bulls through the ring, the reserve junior champion, Coldrochie Kensington by Fearn Godfather from Donald McMillan, Perth also made 11,000gns selling to LEP Farms, Waterlooville, Hampshire.
Five bulls sold for 9,000gns. These were headed by Khyber of Upsall, a son of Firefox of Upsall from Gerald Turton, Thirsk going to Balnabroich Farms. Also at this money and from the same vendor was Klondyke of Upsall, a son of Dingo of Upsall. In sold in a two-way split to Charles Horrell, Peterborough and Sarah Wilkins, Jarvis Brook, East Sussex.
Next was the reserve intermediate and reserve overall champion, Cairnsmore Kestrel, a son of Chapelton Dauphin from Bill and Jane Landers, Newton Stewart which was knocked down to E. McCormack, Roscommon, Eire.
The reserve senior champion, Chapelton Kaiser by Chapelton Emperor from Donald Biggar also made 9,000gns selling to Pitgaveny Farms, Elgin. The same vendor also sold the 2017 Royal Highland Show junior male champion, Chapelton Krypton by the same sire, for 9,000gns to W.J. and J. Green, Corskie.
Averages – 59 bulls, £5,803 (-£111).
IT was the resident stock bull which created the most excitement, selling to 20,000gns, in the first part of the dispersal of the Coldrochie herd of Beef Shorthorns from Douglas McMillan, Perth. This was five-year-old Fearn Godfather, by Dakota of Upsall out of Fearn Passion Diana. It went back to its breeder, John Scott, Fearn, who sold it to Mr McMillan for 10,000gns at the same venue in February 2015.
Heading up the female draft at 12,000gns was 2010-born Glenisla Desiree D778 by Holmeere George. It sold with its heifer calf by Knockenjib Foremost and in-calf again to Sandy Anderson, Loughborough, Leicestershire who also paid 8,000gns for Coldrochie Irania Rainbow, an in-calf heifer by Foremost.
At 9,000gns was the first calver, Coldrochie Grace Beauty by Knockenjig Foremost which sold with its heifer calf by Godfather and in-calf to him again. The pair went to LFP Farms, Luncarty, Perthshire who also bought Coldrochie Grace Beauty, a six-year-old cow by Colnvalley Bogart, in-calf to Godfather and its heifer calf by Foremost for 8,000gns.
The herd’s young bulls sold to 7,000gns for 10-month-old Coldrochie Leif, a Godfather son which was knocked down to Tracy Severn, Halifax.
Outwith the dispersal, females sold to 3,500gns for Grovewood Josie, a December 2015-born heifer by Dakota of Upsall, in-calf to Glenisla Explorer from Chris Mallaber, Drakelowe. They buyer was Trevor Brown, Towcester, Northamptonshire.
Averages – 13 females, £2,027; Coldrochie dispersal – 13 cows and calves, £5,557; 4 in-calf heifers, £5,880; 1 maiden heifer, £3,990; 4 young bulls, £4,384; 2 stock bulls, £12,180.