A new breed record of 27,000gns for a Beef Shorthorn was paid on day two of United Auctions' Stirling Bull Sales.

Add to that a further four five-figure prices and a good number at 5000gns and above and overall bull averages rose a massive £1347 to level at £6127 for 54 with a 79% clearance.

Star on the show was Meonside Nidavellir, a dark roan polled bull from David and Tom Bradley Farmer and their mother Sally, who moved north to farm in Scotland and are based at Wester Parkgate, Dumfries. Bred from one of the best female lines in the herd, this 19-month-old is by Willingham Kensington, and bred from the bought in Ballylinney Lily 25. Buying back some of their own genetics at 27,000gns was Lucinda Townsend and her husband Derek Steen, buying for their Coxhill herd from Coxhill, Moffat.

Another by the same sire and from the same female line made 12,000gns for the family, when Meonside Nosty, a May 2019-born dark roan, sold to George Irving, buying for the Mount Benger herd from Yarrow.

Young Kenny Mair and his sister Sally, who run 20 cows in their Muiresk herd from Kinnermit, had a cracking day, selling their first five-figure priced bull at 14,000gns to Andrew Barrett for the Glenariff herd from South Wootton, Norfolk. Some top bloodlines are behind Muiresk Northern Dancer, a rising two-year-old polled, roan bull, with the sire being Alvie Galaxy, onto the Meonhill Charlie Chaplin daughter, Millerston Augusta Julie.

The late Donald Biggar, Grange, Castle Douglas, would have been extremely proud too when his son Jamie sold a 10,000gns bull in the shape of Chapelton Nearco, a 23-month-old son of Balnabroich Kermit. He was knocked down to Jane Landers, Bargaly, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

Matching that bid was Glenisla Nobleman, a two-year-old from Major John Gibb and his daughter Catriona, Glenisla, Perthshire, purchased by Geoff Riby, Low Stone Hills, Bridlington. He is by Broughton Park Thunder.

Shorthorn females also sold well and to a top of 7500gns for Millerston Iranian Marilyn, from Mrs Grace Ramsay, Millerston, Mauchline, purchased by AC Farms, Rutland.

For full report and photographs see this week's Scottish Farmer