A SMALL entry of Shorthorn bulls was topped by the pre-sale champion, Grovewood Jackson from Chris Mallaber, Drakelow, which made 12,000gns. Averages were up a healthy £2,100 on the year, as trade leveled at £5,121 for 13 bulls sold.
September 2015-born and by the popular sire Glenisla Explorer 825, Jackson is out of the show cow Tamhorn Fireworks. It caught the eye of Kincraigie Farms, Aberdeenshire.
Coming in behind at 9,000gns was the reserve champion, the Chapelton Emperor son Chapelton Jacob from D.J. Biggar, Castle Douglas. Out of a homebred dam and also born in September 2015, it went home with Messrs Grieve, Aberdeenshire.
At 6,500gns was J.P.O. Gibb, Blairgowrie, with April 2016-born bull Glenisla Kelpie, a son of the 7,000gn Flight Lieutenant of Upsall. Out of Glenisla Foxglove Flake F874, it was snapped up by Aucheneck Estates, Killearn.
Two bulls hit 5,000gns, the first being Langalbuinoch Joker, a Loch Awe Saxon S098-sired bull from R. and P. McAlister, Isle of Bute. Out of a Glenisla-bred cow and born in June 2016, Joker was beef champion at Bute show earlier in the year, and attracted the bid from Ormsary Farmers, Lochgilphead.
Also topping their run at 5,000gns were David and Rosemary Dickie, Sanquhar, who took this money from Messrs Macinnes, Rhinmore, for Knockenjig Kaiser. By Glengloy Geronimo and out of Knockenjig Foxglove Flake, it was born in March 2016.
Averages: 13 bulls, £5,121 (14 bulls, £2,916 in 2016).
Auctioneers: United Auctions.
Leading the female prices was Jack Ramsey, Mauchline, with the August 2015-born heifer Millerston Augusta Julia. 48 females sold to average £2,890, which was slightly down on the year.
Out of a homebred cow, Julia is by Meonhill Charlie Chaplin, a sire which has fathered previous Stirling and Carlisle sale champions, as well as this year’s Royal Highland breed champion. It sold for 5,500gns to S.G. Mair and Sons, Turriff.
May 2016-born heifer Willingham Augusta Florence 2 from A. Haigh, Market Rasen, made 4,800gns to H.G. Murray, Bonar Bridge. By Willingham Humperdink, it is out of a homebred dam.
The female champion followed at 4,600gns, attracting a bid from Cherry Valley Farms, Co Antrim. The Chapelton Dauphin 3328 daughter Cairnsmore Kirsten Averell from B. Landers, Newton Stewart, is out of Cairnsmore Averell Tessa 1, a granddaughter of the successful show cow Colonywymott Tessa.
Averages: 48 females, £2,890.