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Beef Shorthorn Ladies In Demand

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The Shorthorn Society's Annual Show and Sale of Beef Shorthorns at Chelford last week provoked a lively trade with tremendous demand for quality females throughout.

Bulls were, however, more difficult to place, with the bulk of demand now seen in the spring sales.

Judge for the day at the Society's Sale was Oxfordshire based Tina Russell, whose Female Champion Sannan Heather May, a May 2014 born heifer from the Sannan Herd of Tudor Williams, Denbighshire, was the best of a pen put forward as a Production sale. By Ryden Earl, and out of the Cairnsmore Amos sired son Heather June, she is a very showy looking Roan animal and generated lively bidding when in the sale ring. The winning bid of 2,700 gns was finally made by J Burton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

Sannan Heather May

Another similarly bred heifer, Sannon Duchess 6th, again by Ryden Earl and out of another Amos daughter, Sannan Duchess 4th, made 2000 gns to M Moss, Harefield, Middlesex.

The Williams family also put forward the top priced cow and calf outfit. Sannan Duchess 4th, dam of the 2000 gns heifer above, sold with her March born bull calf by Ryden Earl, and due to Earl again in Spring 2016, made 2450 gns to Messrs Jones and Burns, Ruthin, Denbighshire.

Another outfit from the Sannan Herd, Heather June, dam of the 2700 gns heifer, and sold with this year's calf, the April born Heather May 5th, made 2050 gns, also going to Messrs Jones & Burns.

Demand was similarly strong for served heifers to a top of 1950 gns for Lynthorpe Jealous Gina, an October 2013 Podehole Brigadier daughter, out of the Croxtonpark Nero sired Lynthorpe Jealous Hush. Put forward by her breeders Gordon and Linda Robson, Rugby, she travelled back to Harefield, Middlesex with Mr Moss.

Best of a bunch of Maiden Heifers from the Fedwen Herd of E Roberts, Llanrwst, made to 1600 gns, when Fedwen Swyn, a Minsca Captain daughter out of the Sannan Zedrick sired Fedwen Siriol Swyn was one of a number of heifers bought by P Ritter and Son, Buxton, Derbyshire.

Show Champion, the Fedwen 2014 born bull Ardale Hillbilly from Mesrs Ivinson, Penrith failed to meet his reserve price.

Ardale Hillbilly

Beef Shorthorn Averages:

Cows and Calves £2082.50
Served Cows £1352.00
Served Heifers £1863.75
Maiden Heifers £1380.00

On the same day, the Auctioneers held their Autumn Sale of Native British Breeding Cattle seeing Beef Shorthorns to 1750 gns for Floweryfields Ruby, a heifer bred by Tom Birtles, Biddulph Moor. By Holmeere Joker, and out of the Llanarth Titan sired Gaenor, she was PD in-calf for next June, and went home to Llanrhaedyr, Oswestry with G Davies & Sons.

Highland Cattle sold to a top of 760 gns for the March 2009 born cow Joyce of Mottistone, sold with her twin bull calves at foot on behalf of Mrs S Leighton, South Wingfield, Derby, being bought by P Jones,
Oswestry; best of the Hereford bulls made to 1750 gns when DD Rowley and Partners, Swadlincote sold their May 2014 bull, Hollowseal 1 Layton to J Oulton, Audley, Staffordshire. Served Angus cross heifers made to 550 gns, with Hereford cross heifers to 500 gns.

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