Centre records were smashed at the North of England Beef Shorthorn Club's show and sale at Skipton, which included the dispersal of Michael Abrahams' Newfield herd from Mickley, Ripon, when a heifer from the Currie's Beautry herd sold for 11,000gns.

Furthermore, the couple – Stuart and Gail – who established their pedigree herd in 2010, also produced the pre-sale champion and reserve winners and several other top priced lots.

Sale leader at 11,000gns was Beautry Shuna Liesl, a roan daughter of the 8000gns, 2016 purchase, Poyntington Himself, a bull that produced the champion and reserve winners at the recent Borderway Agri-Expo. First in one of the junior heifer classes and reserve overall champion, Liesl is out of Croxtonpark Shuna Titania, which was bought as a calf at foot with her mother. She headed north to Thistledown Cowford Farms, Bankfoot, Perth, owned by Sandy Anderson and managed by Charlie Reed.

Mr Anderson also went to 5800gns for the Curries' supreme champion, Beautry Rose Lolita, which was described as 'truly outstanding' by Scottish show judge George Irving, who runs the Mountbenger herd from Selkirk.

This March 2017-born is another roan by Poyntington Himself, but out of Bradshaw Classic Rose 2, which is a half sister to Kooky Rose, the 2016 Northern Calf Show champion and reserve champion here last year. She sold in calf to Stonehills Jackpot.

Mr Reed, who is assisted on the 500-acre farm by his own daughter, Charley, said the heifers were the two outstanding animals at sale and that they will form an integral part of the Cowford Beef Shorthorn herd, established in February.

“Our aim is to build up a quality herd in Scotland that will become a contender for top lots. The plan now is to flush these two highly promising heifers and take some embryos out of them,” explained Mr Anderson, who has other farming interests in the Cotswolds and Leicestershire, with pedigree Lincoln Reds also bred on the Perthshire holding.

A third Thistledown Cowford Farms acquisition at 3400gns was the rising two-year-old heifer, Glenariff Princess Lobelia, from Norfolk breeders NJ and AM Barrett, of South Wootton, Kings Lynn. She is a home-bred daughter of Glenariff Brave Bonnar, out of a Tofts Hector-sired dam.

The Beautry pen contained two other prize-winning junior heifers, again both by Poyntington Himself, and scanned in calf to Stonehills Jackpot.

Beautry Desiree Lyric, a February 2017-born roan, out of the Beautry Excalibur daughter, Beautry Hibiscus, was reserve champion at the North Yorkshire Show and fourth at the Great Yorkshire. A full brother to the previous week's Agri-Expo champion, she was knocked down at 5000gns selling to Gates Farming Partnership, Oakham.

The Curries' April 2017-born third prize heifer, Beautry Daydrop Layla, a dark roan heifer out of the 4000gns Shawhill Dewdrop Fairlady, then made 2700gns selling to Welshman, WE Evans, of Llanrwst in Conwy.

Top price for Harry Horrell's Podehole herd from Thorney, Peterborough, was 5000gns paid for the second prize junior heifer, Podehole Gypsy Laura. A roan April 2017-born heifer, she is sired by Knockenjig Hercules, a bull bought as a yearling and bred from the Ex91 Podehole Gypsy Diamond. Husband and wife team, Andre and Caroline Vrona of A and C Farms in Langham, Rutland, who have been breeding Shorthorns for the past five years, were the final bidders.

The first heifer into the ring and first prize senior, from Gerald Turton's Upsall herd based at The Grange, near Thirsk, made 4000gns selling to Loak Farm, Bankfoot, Perthshire. Selling at this price was the April 2016-born roan, Tessa X1179 of Upsall, a Grenadier daughter bred from the Democrat of Upsall daughter, Tessa X914 of Upsall. Carrying a pd to Lawyer of Upsall, she heralded the start of a highly successful sale when going with a 4,000gns bid to Loak Farm, another buyer from near Bankfoot in Perthsire.

Top price for Geoff Riby's Stonehills herd was 3200gns paid for the March 2017-born Stonehills Princess Gem 3, by Tofts Prince Grenadier. She sold in calf to Jason of Upsall, to TC Brown, of Lakesley in Northamptonshire.

Leading Mr Abraham's Newfield herd sale which was being dispersed as long-term herdsman, 78-year-old Ray Sanderson was seeking to reduce his workload, at 5200gns was Newfield Ecstasy Foxglove, a seven-year-old Holmeere Fraser cow bred from the favourite Foxglove family at Newfield.

She sold with her February-born white heifer calf, Newfield Magic Foxglove at foot, by the Newfield stock bull, Sleightholme Star Thistle, and scanned in calf again to the same sire. She joins father and son, Graham and Sam Hunt's Sowerby Parks pedigree herd in Thirsk, which was established in 2015, as Mr Hunt has developing a keen interest in the breed from his inspirational father, Sam, who worked for Harrisons of Gainford Hall – one of the most famous names in the Shorthorn world.

The much-admired May, 2013f-born roan, Newfield Goddess Foxglove, a Connor of Upsall daughter that stood second at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, sold with her third calf at foot, the Sleightholme Star Thistle-sired February-born Newfield Melody Foxglove, for 3800gns. This outfit joins Sleightholmedale Partnership in Fadmoor, Kirkbymoorside.

Pick of the maiden heifers was Newfield Liza Foxglove, a well-grown January 2017-born roan by Sleightholme Star Thistle, out of Newfield Greta Foxglove. Bradford-based Malcolm Wood, of Birkenshaw, was the final bidder at 1800gns.

Averages – Collective sale – Maiden heifers, £2054; in-calf heifers, £2302; cows with calves, £2153.

Newfield dispersal – Heifers with calves, £2201.50; heifers, £1522.50.

Auctioneers: CCM Auctions