Trade for Beef Shorthorn bulls was ‘a little sticky’ at Stirling according to breed society chief executive, Frank Milnes, who put this down to a lack money amongst vendors many of whom are still waiting for their BPS payment cheque.
The average for 34 bulls sold was £4348, down £618 on the year for a 50 per cent clearance.
Leading the trade at 9,500gns was Hussar of Upsall, a red and white April 2014-born son of the Australian bull, Broughton Park Thunder out of Augusta X822 of Upsall whose sire Cougar of Upsall has sold sons to 10,000gns.
Consigned by the Hon Gerald Turton, Thirsk, it was by Brian Wilson, farm manager at Antrim Estates, Ballymena, Northern Ireland for Glenarm Shorthorn Beef.
Major J.P.0. Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perth, sold the roan July 2014-born Glenisla Hooch out of Glenisla Starlet and from the first crop of Glenisla Excalibur for 8,500gns. The buyer was Paul Coutts, Carlisle.
Next selling for 8,000gns was the overall and intermediate champion, April 2014-born Poyntington Himself. This was a first win at the event for vendors, Mark and Tracy Severn of the Highlee herd, Halifax who bought their champion as a five-month-old calf from breeder, Penny Cave, Dorset. The son of Meonhill Foreman out of Poyntington Sharon Stone sold to Stuart Currie, Settle.
The junior and reserve overall champion, Heir Apparent of Longfield sold for 7,800gns. July 2014-born and by Lowther Eclipse out of Tarrant Xerodraba, it was consigned by breeders, Tina Russell and Simon Bradley Farmer of the Stanford Park Partnership, Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire, who were showing their own cattle at the event for the first time. It was knocked down to Messrs Staunton, Co Galway.
Another from Major Gibb, April 2014-born Glenisla Hallmark, by Glenisla Foxhound out of Glenisla Waterloo Andrea, sold for 7,500gns to A and C Farms, Rutland.
At 5,500gns was the 2015 Perth Show champion, Coldrochie Hector, an April 2014-born son of Chapelton Winsome from M.D. McMillan, Perth, which sold to G.H. Stirling and Sons, Galashields.
AVERAGE: 34 bulls, £4,348 (56 bulls, £5,457 in 2015).