Stirling Beef Shorthorn trade soars

I was up in Stirling for the Angus, Beef Shorthorn, British Blue and Limousin bull sales this week. It felt so much better with the various breeds all being sold on the same day; there was more of a buzz about the place and the ringsides were packed. 

Trade was solid for all breeds, but in particular the Beef Shorthorn trade was tremendous. The bull trade topped with a record breaking price of 26,000gns for the senior bull Glenisla Jackpot from Major Gibb, Perthshire, and the female trade topped at 6,600gns with a really smart heifer, Castlemount Matrix Foxglove Flake from D. McDowell, Newtownards. 65 bulls sold to average a record total of £5,914, to reach an 87 per cent clearance rate, up £1,566 on the year. Females achieved a 100 per cent clearance, averaging £3,016 for 33 sold. Female trade was up £1,100 on the year.

Limousin bids topped at 12,000gns for the overall champion Goldies Lord of the Rings from Bruce Goldie, Dumfries. Leading the Aberdeen-Angus trade was Balmachie Jack Eric from J.F. Lascelles, Carnoustie, which sold for 18,000gns. Let's hope this positive trade is a sign of more to come!

Commercial cattle are also selling well with the store trade on fire, particularly with young suckler-bred types. Prime trade is still moving in the right direction. Prime lamb trade is very mixed with good continentals making a premium but heavy hoggs pulling down the averages.

Sales coming up this week

  • Friday, February 10 - Annual Premier show and sale of Luing cattle at Castle Douglas Mart.
  • Saturday, February 11 - A Mart's the Heart-supported show and sale of show potential cattle at Brecon Livestock Market.
  • Saturday, February 11 - Show and sale of North Country in-lamb females at Lockerbie Auction Mart.
  • Monday, February 13 - Spring show and sale of Highland cattle at Oban Livestock Centre.


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