Increased demand for Beef Shorthorn females produced a new heifer record of 15,000gns for John Elliot while a roaring trade throughout saw averages up a whopping £1103.75 on the year, to level at £3543.75 for 52, against the 54 sold last year.

The sale leader from Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, was Elliot Miss Lea 825, brought out by stockman, Logan Campbell. This topper sold down to Wales with Messrs Evans and Price, for the Llwynhywel herd, Llanilar.

Bred from a strong Canadian female line, this June, 2018-born ET is by Sull Cyclone and out of Crawfdown Miss Lea, which goes back to WHR Sonny. She sold in calf and due in March to Elliot Conundrum.

The same home also sold a six-month-old heifer calf Elliot Pure Class for 6500gns along with her dam Elliot Pure Surprise at 4000gns to Francis Baird, Cherry Orchard, Tetbury, Glos. Another from the Canadian line, the calf is by Elliot Royal Flush, which is the first son of Agri Expo champion, Elliot Echo. The dam, is a daughter of HD Swagger.

Another from the same Canadian female line, Elliot Miss Lea 634, a three-year-old, made 5000gns selling to S Brigdale, Rowanberry Cottage, Creggaun, Doora, Ennis. She is by Evolution, again out of Crawfdown Miss Lea and sold due in March, again to Elliot Conundrum.

Major John Gibb and his daughter, Catriona, Glenisla House, Blairgowrie, also enjoyed a cracking trade for their annual draft sale of heifers from the 65-cow Glenisla herd, which sold to 7800gns. Glenisla sold six out of the top eight highest priced females.

Leading the way was the roan heifer, Glenisla Desiree, purchased by A and C Farms, Langham Lodge, Langham, Rutland, Leics. She is a daughter of the 12,500gns Millerston Jamboree and bred from the Broughton Park Thunder daughter, Glenisla Desiree Ex90.

The previous lot, Glenisla Desiree N454 made 6800gns to Gates Farming, Rosemore Manor, Somerby, Coldoverton. This mainly red and a little white heifer is by Chapelton Glen Clova, and out of Glenisla Desiree H39, by Glenisla Artic Storm.

Another by Millerston Jamboree realised 6000gns to A and C Farms, Langham Lodge. She is out of the Belmore Fuel daughter, Glenisla Broadhooks.

The same home also went to 6000gns for Glenisla Waterloo Naomi, a roan heifer daughter of Jamboree, out of an Ex90 classified dam, that goes back to Artic Storm.

Glenisla Desiree N396 also headed home in the same trailer load at 5000gns. Another roan heifer by the same sire, she is out of a home-bred dam by Holmeere George.

Thomas Cheetham, Haughton Park, Bothamsall, Retford, Nottinghamshire, was the final bidder for the maiden heifer, Glenisla Foxglove Tansy, at 5200gns. Again by the Jamboree bull, she is out of Glenisla Foxglove Tansy Ex91, a daughter of Flight Lieutenant.

The first heifer in the ring, from Duncan Welsh, Westbroad Moss, Fenwick, attracted a 4600gns bid from Stuart Currie, Beautry House, Rathmell, Settle.

This September, 2018-born heifer, Westbroad Bamble 4 brought out by Ian and Natalie Johnston, is a daughter of Shawhill J-A-T, which was purchased here for 5000gns, and has bred bulls to 5000gns. She is a heifer’s calf, out of Westbroad Bramble 2, by Hallsford Dominic, and sold eight weeks in calf to the 12,000gns Shawhill Leroy.

Wigtownshire breeders, Bill and Jane Landers and son, Bobby, Newton Stewart, sold their best, Cairnsmore Nicole Tessa, for 4500gns. A daughter of the 15,000gns Coldrochie Jurassic, she sold to Messrs Evans and Price.