Tuesday 6 February 2024
A small but powerful consignment of Herefords entered the ring at the February Stirling fixture. All met a strong demand seeing the entire offering heading to new homes.
Leading the trade was Fellowhills 1 Watt, from Jimmy Hodge, Berwick-upon-Tweed.
March 22-born, the bull is out of Rempstone 1 Curly D561, a cow classified as VG 86 and a maternal sister to last year’s Three Counties Champion as well as the Agri Expo Champion 2021.
Mr Hodge was an early adopter of the classification service and one of the first to utilise the information at a sale.
Sired by Fellowhills 1 Talisman, the bull caught commercial breeder, Robert Parkers eye last year following his participation judging the Scottish segment of the National Herd Competition. When Fellowhills 1 Watt was entered into the sale at Stirling, Mr Parker headed to the auction to secure the purchase for 4,000gns.
Heading back to Drumdow, Watt will be used within Roberts Black Baldy system, breeding replacements for the suckler herd and young stock to be sold on.
For Criffel 1 Warrior from E Burgess, Dumfries, the bidding climaxed at 3,500gns. Born in May 2022, he is by Criffel 1 Thor, the Supreme Champion at Stirling in 2022, out of homebred Criffel 1 Souvenir, who is a daughter of New Zealand bred, Otapawa Minerva 7005.
The bull sits in the top 5% for both the terminal and self-replacing index, IMEG, eye muscle area and carcase index.
Closing the Hereford portion of the sale was a heifer from Northumberland breeders, Tom and Di Harrison. Moralee 1 Kylie RK287 strode into the ring and sold for 3,000gns to Tracey McKenzie, Lauder, Scotland. By Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12, she is out of Moralee 1 Kylie 2nd.
*Average price up from Stirling sale in February 2023