Perth Annual Spring Show and Sale of Bulls and Females

by | Feb 19, 2008


Commercial buyers back Simmental

With a record equalling 22000gns and an average of £4,083 for the 113 bulls sold, there was a positive feeling around the sale ring following the outstanding 100% clearance on the female sale the previous evening. The commercial buyers once again stood by the breeding ability of the Simmental and were prepared to go to five figures to secure their choice.

Reserve Supreme Champion and Top Price Bull for 22,000gns Dirnanean Typhoon. Bred & Exhibited by Mr F J A McGowan and purchased by Mr & Mrs D Field, Burytown Herd.

The packed ringside for the Simmental bull sale at Perth, didn’t have to wait long to see the top price of the day. The 5th lot in the ring, Dirnanean Typhoon from Finlay and Neil McGowan, Incheoch, Alyth, set the sale on fire with a bid of 22000gns from new breeders, David and Nikky Field from the Castlehill Partnership, Upper Burytown, Farm, Swindon, to join their newly formed organic Burytown Herd. Placed Senior and Reserve Overall Champion, by the judge Gerald Smith from Drumsleed the previous day, he fully warranted his placing and price. Typhoon is by Halenook Panache and is a big strong bull with excellent growth figures out of Dirnanean Petula P12 from one of the top dam lines, who calved him as a heifer. His Grand dam is the outstanding breeder Dirnanean Kris.

The next top price came at the opposite end of the sale in the Junior Section when the Junior Champion from Lachlan Quarm, Annick Lodge, Irvine, Annick Talisker sold to the Chairman of Shows and sales for the Society, Hector Macaskill from Woodhall at Innerwick, Dunbar for 20000gns. Talisker is an October 2006 son of Sterling Nelson, who is by Sterling Flint and out of Annick Brackens Primrose by Innerwick Lancelot. He again had excellent growth figures.

Lot 967 Junior Chmapion Annick Talisker Bred & exhibited by Mr L D Quarm and purchased by Mr Hector Macaskill for 20,000 Gns

Trade again followed the judging when the Reserve Senior Champion, Blackford Tonka, from Billy and Anne MacPherson at Blackford, Croy, Inverness. Tonka is by Drumsleed Pagan and out of Blackford Nona by the well known Rosten Barney. He sold for 11000gns to Ian MacLean, from Kent for his 600 cow suckler herd.

Reserve Senior Champion Blackford Tonka bred and exhibited by Mr W G MacPherson and purchased for 11,000 gns by Mr T Henderson.

The first 10,000gns bid of the day secured John and William Young’s Skerrington Talent who had earlier stood fifth in his class, for Gavin Doyle who previously resided in Islay and now hails from Higher Fisherton Farm Atherington, Devon. Talent, who picked up a third prize at the Royal last year, is a son of 2006 Reserve Champion at the same show, Corskie Proton, is by Popes Laird and out of Skerrington Tanya 2nd by Skerrington Legacy. He boasts a self replacing index of +40 and a terminal Sire Index of +35. This sale is a welcome boost to his owner John, who’s “dulcet tones” were sadly missed at the sale following a recent stroke. We are reliably informed that he is well on the way to recovery and his voice is still working!

Overall Supreme & Intermediate Champion Kilbride Farm Tarrant bred and exhibited by W H Robson & Sons and purchased for 10,000gns by Mr W J & J Green, Corskie.

The second 10,000gns bid of the day was made by Jimmy and Ian Green of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers when he bought the Overall Champion Kilbride Farm Tarrant from Billy, Michael and Norman Robson, Kilbride Farm, Doagh, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim. By the Cankern Titan son, Seaview Prince Charming, he is out of Kilbride Farm Loftus a well renowned breeder in the herd who is by Milnafua Graduate.

Family partnership Cecil Charters & David Farrell, Derryhowalght, Derryharney, Co. Fermanagh continued the run of good Northern Irish bulls when Lakeside Tommy by Kilbride Farm Hannibal and out of Lakeside Geraldine, another Carnkern Titan daughter, realised a bid of 7,500gns. This time it was Messrs A.G. Stephen & Co, Burnside of Idoch, Turriff who secured the purchase.

Another Irish Tommy, this time Slatequarry Tommy from Jim Hamilton, Sessiah-Scott Road, Rock, Dungannon, also made 7500gns, when he sold to namesake John Hamilton Aikengall, Innerwick, Dunbar, to join his commercial organic enterprise. Tommy is a November 2006 born son of Celtic Rose by Woodhall Premier.

It was finally the judges chance to shine in the sale ring as well as the show ring when his December 2006 born Drumsleed Tartan, son of the Home bred Drumsleed Royale, changed hands for 7,500gns to Clive Houldey Chapel Farmhouse, Duns. Tartan is out of Drumsleed Justine who is by Preston Boomerang. Four lots later and the last animal in the sale, Omorga Tarbuck an ET son of Cleenagh Daffodil by Sterling Flint for John Moore’s Omorga Herd from Coagh, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, was knocked down for 7,000gns to fellow Northern Ireland breeder Cecil McIlwaine, Newtonstewart, Co. Tyrone. He is a full ET brother to Omorga Prince and half brother to the breed record holder Omorga Samson.

Reserve Junior Champion Ashland Trevor bred and exhibited by Mr P Kelly and purchased for 7000gns by Sinclair, Orkney.

Another 7000gns bid was received for Ashland Trevor from Northern Ireland breeders Pat and Frank Kelly, Tempo, Co. Fermanagh. The Reserve Junior Champion, out of Raceview Lady Diamond, a half sister to Raceview King, she had also bred the Supreme Champion at the Royal Ulster in 2007. Trevor is by Woodhall Premier and made the long journey north to Orkney with D.W.Sinclair a & Co, Unigarth, Sandwick Stromness.

Earlier in the day, Halenook Thor, an AI son of Starline Decision and out of Halenook Nettles from Messrs Telford and Rawcliffe, Achnairn, Shinness, Lairg also sold for 7000gns to J.S.Fraser, Tore mains, Muir of Ord. This April 2006 bull had high figures for growth, milk and replacement value.

Reserve Intermediate Champion Drumacritten Titan bred and exhibited by Mr W E Nelson and sold for 7000 gns to Mr Mckay

Drumcritten Titan the Reserve Intermediate Champion from William Nelson, Rosslea, Co. Fermanagh again attracted a 7000gns bid, this time from Mr. A. H. Mackay, West Greenland, Castletown Caithness. Showing outstanding milk figures, Titan is a September 2006 son of the Eire bred Raceview King and out of Drumcritten Maud who is by Carnkern Titan. Jimmy & Ian Green of Corskie, topped an impressive show of bulls forward from the same stable when their Corskie Turk made 7000gns to M. Cruikshank, Parkfield, Oldmeldrum. By Ballinalare Farm Nightrider, he is out of Corskie Paula a daughter of Popes Laird. Another from Corskie, this time Corskie Toro a son of Popes Laird and out of Corskie Blarney sold to Sir Ralph Anstruther, Lochty Farms, Arncroach, Anstruther for 6000gns. He again had good figures for growth and milk.

Finlay and Neil McHGown followed their earlier success when they sold Dirnanean Trustee to Neil McGoech to join his Hazelden Herd at Easter Blacklaw, Stewarton for 6500gns. Trustee is again by Halenook Panache and out of Dirnanean Magdalene who is a full sister to the Cogent Bull, Dirnanean Jacob and to Dirnanean Renown.

Tillymaud followed their outstanding sale from the previous evening when Tillymaud Tweed took a bid for 6200gns from A & J Mackie, Darnabo, Fyvie, Turriff. Tweed goes back to Starline Marquiss through his sire Delfur Pedro and is out of Tillymaud Jools 22nd who sold for 3500gns the previous evening.

Urrvalley Tornado from Peter Brown at Drumhumphry, Corsock, Castle Douglas travelled from one end of the country to the other, when he sold in a two way split to Neil Barclay, Harestone Farm, Crathes and Smallburn Farms, Elgin, Moray. This September 2006 bull is by Curlieu Knight and out of Caldwell Foremost Iris.

Lanark auctioneer David Lowry swapped his gavel for a white coat and it paid off when he sold his Millburn Tazy for 5800gns to the Duke of Fife, Elsick Estate, Mains of Newhall, Stonehaven. The background to this one is Dirnanean Jacob on to the Camus Frontier daughter, Millburn Lucky.

A high index bull from Messrs Fitton and Son, from Lostock, Bolton, attracted 5500gns from Ross-shire farmer, SB Morrison, Easter Urray, Muir of Ord. A terminal sire index of +29 comes with Simply Thomas, named after Rob’s young son. He is a dark red son of Wroxall Fortune out of Carbery Pippa.

RH Carter Trophy for Best Group of 3 Animals bred by Exhibitor awarded to W J & J Green, Corskie.


A larger than usual entry of females for the Perth Spring sale, attracted a packed ringside of observers and buyers alike, with standing room only during the Tillymaud Dispersal.

All of the 67 lots forward found new homes to an average of £1592.23, with the six cows and calves averaging £1400.

Female Champion Sterling Jool's Tania bred and exhibited by Boddington Estates and purchased by Mr Hollingsworth Midhope herd for 6500gns.

Leading the bidding and following Gerald Smith from Drumsleed’s judging form earlier in the day, was the show Champion, Sterling Jool’s Tania from Boddington Estates Stirling Herd in the Cotswolds. Tania is a maiden daughter of Corskie Principal by Popes Laird and out of Sterling Alpena’s Jools by Sterling Dougall. Her outstanding show quality and EBV figures encouraged Mr. W.J.Hollingsworth, High Mid Hope Farm, Midhopestones, Sheffield to part with 6500gns to join his Midhope Herd.

Another of the Sterling 1st prize winners and again a Corskie Principal daughter, attracted the next top bid from David and Lesley Sapsed from Hitchin in Hertfordshire, to join their Heathbrow Herd. Sterling Nigella’s Victoria an April 2007 heifer who again has particularly good growth and milk EBV figures. She was sold in calf to Heywood Enzyme.

Lot 633 Reserve Female Champion Blair Tiffany Bred & Exhibited by Colin Fordyce and purchased for 3800 Gns by Mr & Mrs Field, Buryrown herd.

The next top price once again followed the judging, when Mr & Mrs Field of Upper Burytown Farm, Blunsdon, Swindon, added to their increasing Burytown organic herd, when they paid 3,800gns for Colin Fordyce, Islabank Farm, Meigle, Perth’s, Reserve Champion Blair Tiffany. Tiffany is by Corskie Pascal and out of Blair Lisa by Greenside Courageous and she was sold in calf to the record priced Omorga Samson.

In all Mr & Mrs Field of the Castle Hill Partnership bought 15 lots to an average of 1838gns to join their herd, which they are currently setting up. Three of these lots attracted bids of 2600gns. Firstly, Robert & Pauline McAlisters’ Bruchag Sapphire, who justified her long trip from Langalbunoch, Bute. Sapphire is a daughter of Woodhall Klinsman out of Bruchag Marty 11th and she was sold carrying her first calf by Drumsleed Royale.

The next lot in the ring from Brian, Linda and Graeme Allan, Glenturk also caught the Fields’ eye. Glenturk Susan is by Whitemire King Kong and clearly inherited his size and stature. She was also joined by another at 2200gns from Glenturk. This time the 3rd prize winning Glenturk Tanya again by King Kong and out of a Milnafua Keystone daughter, Glenturk Nemesis.

The last heifer from the first class in the ring, from Andy Wilson’s Cairnview herd at West Croft, Kilwinning also went to Burytown for 2600gns. Cairnview Beth 11th is by Annanwater Pioneer and out of Cairnview Beth 7th by the well known sire Scottish Neff. Allercott Tracey also joined her Champion stable mate at Burytown when she sold to the same buyers Mr & Mrs Field for 2300gns. Bred by Robert Hewlett, the recently retired, long serving, Estate Manager at Boddington. Tracey is by Corskie Principal and out of Allercott Lavinia and stood 5th in her class earlier in the day.

The 2nd prize winner from the Junior Heifer Class, from Eddie Kublin’s Torbeck Herd at Cuminestown Turriff, sold for 3200gns to join John Henderson’s Burndennett herd at Ballyheather House, Ballyheather Road, Strabane, County Tyrone. Torbeck Princess Ruby, is by Camus Noble out of Pasturefileds Princess Regina 3rd by Day Twelve O’clock High. The Boddington success continued when the next lot in the ring and 5th prize winner, Sterling Joyfull’s Vanessa changed hands for 2600gns to J. Gunn Clairdon, Mavsey, Lybster, Caithness. This January 2007 born junior heifer is again by Principal and out of Sterling Joyfull 2nd by Kair Galaxy and joins the Mavsey herd.

Following his earlier success, Andy Wilson sold the 3rd prize Cairnview Modesty 2nd to Northern Ireland breeder, Robin Boyd, Slievenagh, Portglenone, Co Antrim for a bid of 2500gns. By the homebred stock bull Cairnview Robin she is out of Ravensworth Modesty. Mrs. Hayley Clarke from Hetheringham in Norwich paid 2400gns for Stephen Evans’, 2nd prize Astcote Toffee from his herd at Towcester, Northants, to joins her Williams Herd. Toffee is an AI daughter of the famous Sterling Flint out of Astcote Tonia 7th by another well known bull, Gretna House Supersonic and is from a renowned show line.

Following her into the ring was Lachlan Quarm’s Annick Helen’s Tara, who also carried Sterling Flint blood on her sire’s side, Sterling Nelson and featured Gretna House blood on her dam’s side this time Gretna House Fantastic. This October 2006 heifer from Lachlan’s herd at Annick Lodge, Irvine sold to David & Lesley Sapsed’s Heathbrow Herd for 2200gns. This was the same amount paid by M.J. & A.M. Mill, Shawsmill, Cardenden, Lochgelly for the first in from Neill McGeoch’s Hazelden Draft. Orlando Elsa 5th is a first calver bred by Messrs P & M Forrester and is sired by Curlieu Major. She was sold with her heifer calf Hazelden Elsa 3rd at foot by Skerrington Regent.


The demand for quality Simmental cattle continued in Perth with packed ringsides for both the female and bull sales. Proceedings got off to an outstanding start when all of the 161 females forward found new homes many to new breeders, showing great confidence by them in the future of the breed.

As expected the eagerly awaited Tillymaud dispersal produced some outstanding cattle and outstanding prices. The dispersal, by Rob and Helen Smith, had come about so that they could concentrate on the dairy enterprise at Tillymaud near Udny, where the Simmental bull, Tillymaud Titian will continue to be used on the diary herd.

Leading the way was Tillymaud Danielle 26th, with her calf at foot Tillymaud Venture. She is by Blackford Lancer, who was bought privately during Foot and Mouth and has had a strong influence on the females in the herd, with sons also selling to 5000gns. She is out of the Danielle line of cows and was sold for 6500gns, to Leslie and Christopher Weatherup, to join their Lisglass Herd based at Ballyclare in Northern Ireland. Danielle 26th was sold in calf to the current stock bull Islavale Sabre, who was later bought by Ian Green of Corskie for 5000gns. Sabre was bred by W.S. Sronach and is a son of Glenturk Premier and carries excellent figures for growth. The Weatherup family also purchased the next top price when they paid 6000gns for the 2006 daughter of Danielle 26th, Danielle 30th another with Blackford Lancer on both sides of her pedigree.

Completing their purchases was the outstanding Lancer bull calf Tillymaud Viscount. A May 2007 born calf with outstanding width and conformation and attracted a bid of 3,500gns to join his mother, Tulipe 39th purchased by the same family for 2800gns to join the Lisglass Herd and who had already bred bulls to 5000gns and was the mother of Tam O’Shanter in the main sale.

Blackford Lancer also featured in the next highest bid, when Tom Henderson Dargill Farm Cottage, Crieff, bought Tillymaud Tulipe 48th for 5200gns, with her Lancer calf Verdict at Foot. In all Mr. Henderson bought 4 lots. Tulipe 43rd ,a daughter of South Park VIP sold for 2800gns , Tulipe 47th, a recently calved daughter of Kilbride Farm Elgar, who sold for 1800gns and Tillymaud Kathy 30th again by Lancer with her Innerwick Jaguar heifer Calf Kathy 33rd at foot who both changed hands for 3200gns.

Tillymaud Tulipe 53rd, scanned in calf to Sabre and with her July born Bull calf by Dirnanean Reformer also made the journey to Northern Ireland, when they sold to Mr.J.N. Glasgow, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone for 4500gns to join his Bridgewater Farm Herd.

There were two bids of 4,000gns. Firstly, John Maxwell, Jaw, Fintry, bought Tillymaud Kathy 27th, another Lancer daughter, carrying her third calf to Sabre. Then Tillymaud Malvenas 42nd, by South Park VIP, who has in impressive breeding record behind her, sold in calf to the same bull, to Mrs. Hayley Clarke of the Williams Herd from Hetheringham in Norwich. Mrs. Clark also went on to purchase Tillymaud Malvenas 58th, this time a Lancer daughter and full sister to Tillymaud Preacher who sold in Perth previously for 4500gns and a full sister to Malvenas 53rd who had also sold at Perth previously for 4200gns.

Earlier in the proceedings, Mr. R. Mcculloch, Over Hill House, Armadale, paid 3500gns for Tillymaud Jools 22nd(TF) a Camus Brandy Daughter with her Blackford Lancer heifer calf Jools 35th at foot. She again had an impressive breeding record behind her.

David Sapsed travelled all the way from Hitchin in Hertfordshire to purchase Tillymaud Malvenas 61st who is a half sister to Reformer, sold previously to Orkney for 4200gns. Malvenas 61st, who is a daughter of the famous Hockenhull Maverick and out of a cow by South Park VIP, changed hands for 3,500gns.

Ian Green from the Corskie Herd purchased another Lancer daughter for 3200gns when he bought Tillymaud Jools 28th with her December born Islavale Sabre heifer calf at foot Jools 39th.

The Judge from earlier in the day, Gerald Smith and wife Morag from Drumsleed bid 3000gns for Malvenas 37th, a 1999 outstanding breeder by South Park VIP, who had bred several high price and prize winner in her time. Again she sold in calf to Islavale Sabre.

A bid of 2800gns secured Tillymaud Malvenas 55th, a Wroxall Fortune daughter, for Neil Barclay’s Harestone Herd at Crathes, Bachory. She was sold with her October born Blackford Lancer calf at foot, Tillymaud Vivaldi.

The stock bull Blackford Lancer was purchased by Tom Gillespie for his South Park herd at Kirkcudbright for 5000gns

In all 94 lots averaged £1786.67.

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