TWO keynote pedigree native cattle reduction sales at Skipton Auction Mart – Beef Shorthorns from the Rt Hon Gerald Turton’s Upsall herd near Thirsk and Herefords from David and Iris Boothman’s local Halton herd – achieved total clearance before a packed ringside of customers from near and far for a combined 94 head on offer.
Upsall, Britain’s oldest Beef Shorthorn herd – it was established well over a century ago – arrived with a 49-strong headcount, comprising a comprehensive mix of maiden heifers from last year’s crop of calves, in-calf two-year-olds, cows and heifers with calves and a single 15-month-old bull.
Taking top call of 5100gns (£5,355) was the EX90 Tessa X895 of Upsall, an eight-year-old daughter of Democrat of Upsall and herself mother of five. From a long-established noted cow line – the dam was Tessa X397 – she sold with her adopted February-born heifer calf, Clipper X1552 of Upsall, a Crooked Post Drover daughter, to Steve Pullan, of Hill Top Farm, Summerbridge, who took home the three highest priced cow and calf oufits.
Also among the trio at 4900gns was the very first outfit into the ring and another five-year-old mother of six, Augusta X95 of Upsall, by Atilla of Upsall, out of Augusta X710, with her March-born heifer calf Augusta X1568 of Upsall, herself a daughter of Mandalong of Upsall, a son of the highly influential Firefox.
Next into the ring and again falling to Mr Pullan at 4800gns were Jilt X1128 of Upsall, a February 2016 daughter of Grenadier of Upsall, who is an eight-year-old son of the high achieving Australian bull Belmore Patriarch. Out of Jilt X975, she sold with her fifth calf at foot, Jilt X1601, by another well-utilised Firefox son, King David of Upsall, dual first prize winner at the Great Yorkshire Show, the cow having again been running with King David since June.
A retired exhibition contractor, Mr Pullan only started his small pedigree Beef Shorthorn herd last year and is trying to build with selective stock.
“The key advantage of the three Upsall buys is that they are all good quality cows with heifer calves at foot and all in-calf again,” he commented.
Two further cow and calf outfits achieved 4300gns sales. First up was mother of seven, all but one females, Nonpareil X973 of Upsall, a 2014-born Belmont Patriarch daughter, out of Nonpareil Wendy of Upsall, and her June-born Mandalong of Upsall heifer calf, Nonpareil X1640. The buyer was Tim Riley, of Midgley, Hebden Bridge.
Claiming the same price was another 2014-born cow and mother of five, Secret X1015 of Upsall, by Chapeltown Winsome, out of Secret Roxanne of Upsall, with her May-born Nelson of Upsall heifer calf Secret X1630. The dam has again been running with Nelson, the outfit joining P Braithwaite, of Great Ayton, Scarborough.
The pick of the heifers and calves at 4100gns was a 2018 Grenadier daughter, Nonpareil X1358 of Upsall, again out of Nonpareil X973, with her January-born Nonpareil X1546 heifer calf, by Lucca of Upsall, himself by the renowned Broughton Park Thunder. The outfit returned to its place of origin when joining Thirsk’s Laura Ingleby.
Maiden heifers were keenly sought, with two making joint top of 3800gns. First in was the January, 2020, King David daughter, Clipper X1455 of Upsall, bred out of a Grenadier cow and claimed by DP&FM Day & Son, of Middlesborough, followed by the March, 2020, Firefox daughter, Augusta X1467 of Upsall, out of a Dingo of Upsall-sired cow, which joined Kendal’s M Robinson.
Top prices and averages: Cows with heifer calves to 5100gns (av £4,914), cows with bull calves to 2600gns (£2,295), heifers with heifer calves to 4100gns, heifers with bull calves to 2300gns. maiden heifers to 3800gns (£2,604). Additional lots of semen from three recognised Upsall sires, among them Belmont Patriarch, selling to £30 per straw.
The consignment from the Boothmans’ Halton pedigree Hereford herd at Home Farm, Halton East, comprised 45 head –11 cows with calves at foot, four heifers with calves, 11 maiden heifers, two in-calf heifers and a brace of bulls.
Taking top call of 3200gns (£3,360) was Halton 1 Dora, a March, 2017, AI daughter of Solpoll 1 Ferrari, out of Halton 1 Amber, herself by Coley 1 Josh, the first stock bull to be purchased when the herd was first established a decade ago.
She sold with her December, 2020, heifer calf, Halton 1 Georgia, a daughter of Hoghton View 1 Cameron, the second stock bull acquired by the Boothmans. Dora has been running with Coley 1 Sullivan, who is being retained in the herd, the top price outfit joining P Tindale, of Haltwhistle in Northumberland.
Two further cow and calf outfits each made 2800gns. First up was Iris Boothman’s favourite cow, the April, 2016, Halton 1 Clara, also by Coley 1 Josh, sold with her March-born Cameron heifer calf, Halton 1 Clara H1, to Brian Barrett, of Sowerby, Halifax.
Also hitting 2800gns was Redshaw 1 Silver 4th, a five-year-old cow bred by Martin Coates, of Widdale, Hawes. The Romany 1 Lighting Bolt daughter and her April-born Cameron heifer calf, Halton 1 Silver H4 – the dam has also been running with Cameron – joined John Bell, who trades as CB Farms Ltd in Newton-le-Willows and from whom the Boothmans have purchased heifers in the past.
Halton cows with calves averaged £2,429.31, heifers and calves £2,283.75, in-calf heifers £2,152 and maiden heifers £1,789.77.