Immediate past president of the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society and pre-sale judge, Cathryn Williamson, was most impressed by the Shorthorns on parade at the Stirling Bull Sales, finding her champion and reserve winners from the senior bull section.

Supreme overall was Lowther Pegasus, a rising two-year-old red bull from Charles Lowther's 40-cow herd from Askham Hall, Askham, who was grateful to be at the event following major health issues in 2021. His show stopper, described by Ms Williamson as "a good strong, showy bull with that that extra length," is by Castlemount Kubota, a bull bought privately from Andy Ryder, and bred from Lowther Special K, a Willingham Denebola daughter from the best family in the herd. He was brought out by Perthshire free-lance cattle duo extraordinaire, Richard and Carol Rettie, and team.

Taking the blue and white sash was Charles and Sally Horrell and son Harry's Podehole Patriot, the reserve senior champion from Pode Hole Farm, Peterborough. Homozygous polled, this two-year-old is by the Chapelton Clansman son, Podehole Magician, and out of Podehole Dora Love, an ET-bred heifer by the Australian sire, Royalla Rockstar.

Young John McCulloch, brought out the champion intermediate bull, Mayfield Pharaoh, an April 2020-born roan from Gerard Te Lintelo, Mayfield, Wolsingham. He is by Mayfield Maximus Primus Ex93, a Grenadier of Upsall son that won his class in the North of England Beef Shorthorn herd competition for the last three years and was also inter-breed champion at Wolsingham Show in 2021. His dam is the Fergus of Upsall-sired, Chapelton Gem Ex92.

Some of the best bloodlines in the business were behind the junior champion from brothers, David and Tom Bradley Farmer's Meonside herd now based at Wester Parkgate, Dumfries. Meonside Pavorotti, is by the Elliot Salute son, Meonside King Kong, a bull retained for breeding whose first heifers sold to 5500gns. King Kong is bred from Ballylinney Lily 25 – dam of last year's 27,000gns record priced bull Meonside Nidavellir. Pavarotti, a light roan bull, is out of the Chapelton Winsome-sired cow, Coldrochie Grace Beauty which was bought at the Coldrochie sale for 5500gns.

The duo also won the female championship with Meonside Millicent Piper, a May 2020-born roan daughter of Willingham Kensington. From the same family line as the 6500gns Meonside Ninet, she is out of the Podehole Frederick-sired Meonside Jemima.