A Beef Shorthorn bulls sold to 27,000gns, a breed record, and also had a record average of £6,127, up £1,347 on the year, with a 79 per cent clearance rate. Females topped at 7,500gns, a record price for the February sale.
The sale leader at 27,000gns was the 20-month-old dark roan bull, Meonside Nidavellir, which was in the breed’s top 5 per cent with a terminal sire index of +45, a self-replacing index of +50, and a maternal index of +27.
By the 10,000gns Stirling champion, Willingham Kensington and out of Ballylinney Lily 25, it was consigned by D. and T. Bradley Farmer, Parkgate, Dumfriesshire, and sold to L.J. Townsend, Moffat.
The Bradley Farmers also sold Meonside Nosty, another 20-month-old dark roan bull by Kensington and from the same female line, for 12,000gns to J.F. Irving and Son, Yarrow, Selkirkshire.
The second top price of 14,000gns was for Muiresk Northern Dancer, a 22-month-old roan from Stuart Mair and Sons, Turriff, Aberdeenshire. By Alvie Galaxy and out of Millerston Augusta Julie, it had been junior male and reserve overall champion at the 2019 Stars of the Future show. The buyers were A. J. and A. Barrett, Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
Glenisla Nobleman, a two-year-old roan son of Broughton Park Thunder sold for 10,000gns to G.L. Riby, Bridlington. It was consigned by Major J.P.O. Gibb, Blairgowrie, who also sold Glenisla Nitro, a 23-month-old roan by Millerston Jamboree for 9,500gns to William Young and Son, Kirkcaldy, Fife.
The day’s second 10,000gns call was made by W. Landers, Newton Stewart, for Chapelton Nearco, a 23-month-old red and white bull by Balnabroich Kermit from the late D. J Biggar, Castle Douglas.
Chapelton Novar, a bull of the same age, from the same vendor, but this time by Fergus of Upsall, made 8,000gns to A. Morton, Denny, Stirlingshire.
Messrs Barrett, recouped some of their earlier investment when they sold the 20-month-old roan bull, Glenariff Nearctic by Glenisla Ghillie for 9,000gns to C. Williamson, Kingussie.
Also selling for 9,000gns was 23-month-old Podehole Nordic by Klondyke of Upsall from Harry Horrell, Peterborough, which was knocked down to James Porter, Lisburn, Co Antrim.
Millerston Iranian Marilyn, set a new 7,500gns February female record for Grace Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayrshire. The rising three-year-old roan heifer by Glenrinnes Goliath, sold in-calf to Cairnsmore Landmark to A. and C. Farms, Rutland. They also went to 3,500gns for Millerston Augusta Meryl, another same way bred heifer from Mrs Ramsay, who also took 4,500gns from M.A. Lawrie, Kirriemuir, for Millerston Gretta Mandy, by Meonhill Charlie Chaplin, with her seven heifers averaging £3,915.
Messrs Bradley Farmer had the second top female price of 6,500gns for 20-month-old Meonside Broadhooks Ninet, a Kensington daughter. It sold to T. Russell, Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire, who also paid 3,800gns for Meonside Broadoaks Nella, also by Kensington.
Averages - 54 bulls, £6,127; 18 females, £3,029.
Auctioneers: United Auctions