BEEF Shorthorn females sold to a top of 5,600gns whilst bulls went to 5,000gns and achieved 87 per cent clearance in Carlisle on Friday, May 24, at the breed society’s official spring sale.
Sale topper at 5,600gns was the female and overall champion, Uppermill Blythesome Bonnie TI +29, SRI +25, a two-year-old red and little white by the 7,500gns Dunsyre Demetri from James Porter, Dromore, County Down. She returned to Northern Ireland with Messrs Gott, Enniskillen.
Another Demetri daughter, Upper-mill Broadhooks Bernadett TI +21, SRI +20, a 21-month-old roan heifer from James Porter, made 2,100gns to Messrs Ewing on behalf of a client, whilst his red and little white Uppermill Lovely Leanne TI +16, SRI +12, a 21-month-old heifer by Uppermill Rank sold for 3,000gns to Messrs Green, Lisburn.
Leading the bull trade at 5,000gns was Ardoyne Lindsay TI +23, SRI +22, a rising two-year-old red and little white from H and H Rennie, Insch, Aberdeenshire. Sired by the homebred Ardoyne Fiddich, he went to Messrs Douglas, Hawick, Roxburghshire.
Another Fiddich son from the Rennies, this time the 21-month-old roan Ardoyne Longmore TI +19, SRI +16 made 4,200gns to Messrs Oliver, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Earlier in the day Longmore was awarded the male championship.
A bid of 4,000gns from Messrs Mallaber, Burton on Trent, Staf-fordshire, secured the reserve male champion, Gordon Maverick TI +18, SRI +15. An 18-month-old red and white Star P Matrix son, he was bred and exhibited by Gordon Brooke Estate, Earlston, Berwickshire.
Averages: 14 bulls £3,375.00; seven served heifers £1,890.00; 38 maiden heifers; £1,596.55; three cows in calf and/or suckling £1,522.50.
Drafts: Ballard (12 lots) £1,066.62; Rumsden (three lots) £1,610.00; Cox-hill (six lots) £1,557.50.