News Archive 2015

 

DECEMBER 2015

We have two bulls going to the Stirling Bull Sales.

Lot 221 is Shawhill Harry Begg (P) 613803293, a son of Burnside Elite (Elite is by Creaga Dice and was the top price bull at the Stirling February 2013 sales). Harry Begg is out of one of our most consistent breeding cows, Fieldhouse Davina F28.

 

Shawhill Harry Begg

Lot 221 Shawhill Harry Begg

Lot 228 is Shawhill Henderson (P) 613802099 by Shawhill Freedom (Freedom is by K-Kim Freedom out of Braebank Dewdrop and has bred very well). Henderson was reserve junior Beef Shorthorn champion at this year's Great Yorkshire Show where he stood first in his class. He also took first in his class at last year's “Stars of the Future”. His dam is our very successful show cow, Fieldhouse Florence Anita, and his half sister, Shawhill Florence Gertrude was the 3,500gns. reserve female champion at Stirling in October 2014.

Shawhill Henderson

Lot 228 is Shawhill Henderson (P) 613802099
Shawhill Henderson

Lot 228 is Shawhill Henderson (P) 613802099
Shawhill Henderson
Lot 228 is Shawhill Henderson (P) 613802099

 

NOVEMBER 2015 – 2

The Skipton Shorthorn Sales were a considerable success overall with a virtually total clearance of all animals forward. There were a lot of good cattle and a good ringside gathering of people. Our consignment of bulling heifers was topped by Shawhill Hazelnut which sold at 2,600gns. to John Whalley from Oswaldwhistle.

Shawhill Hermione Helen was bought by Mr R. J. Baudain, Nunnington at 2,100gns and he also took Shawhill Hopeful at a bargain 1,400gns. Alastair Fennimore from Tinswick was the purchaser of our two other heifers, Shawhill Rosebud Harmony at 1,600gns. and Shawhill Hillary at 1,300gns. We hope that all the cattle prove successful for their buyers.

 

NOVEMBER 2015 -1

Our annual autumn consignment of maiden heifers are going to the Beef Shorthorn Society Sale at Skipton Auction Mart on Wednesday, 11th November. There are five in all. Four are from our first batch of heifers by Burnside Elite (by Creaga Dice) and the other is one of the last that we will have available by Alvie Blue Eyedboy (by Wolf Willow Major Leroy).

Lot 23. Shawhill Hopeful 613801126

Lot 23. Shawhill Hopeful 613801126
Lot 24. Shawhill Hazelnut 613801631

Lot 24. Shawhill Hazelnut 613801631
Lot 27. Shawhill Rosebud Harmony 613801125

Lot 27. Shawhill Rosebud Harmony 613801125
Lot 39. Shawhill Hermione Helen 613801630

Lot 39. Shawhill Hermione Helen 613801630
Lot 40. Shawhill Hillary 613801121

Lot 40. Shawhill Hillary 613801121

 

OCTOBER 2015 – 3

Two bulls, Shawhill Harry Begg 613803293 and the Yorkshire Show Reserve Junior Champion, Shawhill Henderson 613802099, studying the new garden works at Annan. Both will be for sale in early 2016.



Two bulls, Shawhill Harry Begg 613803293 and the Yorkshire Show Reserve Junior Champion, Shawhill Henderson 613802099, studying the new garden works at Annan.


OCTOBER 2015 - 2

With Colin Armstrong, we went to the Lairg North Country Cheviot sales to purchase rams for the Archbank Farming Co. In the far North of Scotland, five hours plus driving but magnificent countryside and it did rain a lot less than it usually does.

Late harvest on the Dornoch Firth

Late harvest on the Dornoch Firth

One of our purchases was a two shear ram from a Beef Shorthorn Breeder, Kelsocleugh Farms, for £1,300.

Lairg Auction Mart

Lairg Auction Mart

We have also been selling Cheviot ewes from Archbank at C & D Auction Marts, Longtown. For the first time, the six year old drafts made £100 per head. The breeding sheep trade belies the poor prime lamb trade. It is all very unpredictable.

Archbank draft ewes, Longtown Mart

Archbank draft ewes, Longtown Mart

 

 

OCTOBER 2015 – 1

Our first Beef Shorthorn autumn calf for 2015. A nice red heifer, shown here at five days old. Sired by the Canadian bull Winalot Rodney 1R and out of one of our foundation cows Princess X304 of Upsall who is now 13 years of age.

 

We have semen available for sale from Winalot Rodney – enquiries 01461 500769 or 07900 181635.

Princess of Upsall with Winalot Rodney calf

Princess of Upsall with Winalot Rodney calf

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2015 - 2

Owing to pressure of work, we have no cattle entered for the Autumn sales at Stirling but expect to have a consignment of maiden heifers at the Skipton Sales on 11th November.

Shawhill Harvest

Shawhill Harvest

At last, this week we have had some good weather and field drainage, harvest and sheep-work is in hand. We also attended the Kintyre Agricultural Society's annual sale of rams and breeding sheep at Campbeltown where C & D Auction Marts of Longtown and Dumfries, with whom we are now heavily involved, conduct the sale. Trade was good with virtually a full clearance. It is just a worry for the sheep industry that prime lamb prices remain so disappointing.

Kintyre Agricultural Society's annual sale of rams and breeding sheep at Campbeltown

Kintyre Agricultural Society's annual sale of rams and breeding sheep at Campbeltown
Jem and Kate

Jem and Kate

Matthew was in Ireland for James Porter's reduction sale of Beef Shorthorns but our colleague John Dick has been much further travelled. He has just spent a fortnight in Canada where, as well as seeing the Rockies and crossing the Prairies, he visited over twenty Beef Shorthorn herds. The hospitality and welcome which he received from everyone was exceptional.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2015 – 1

A visit to Leicestershire and the world of Longhorns when we attended the 20th anniversary meeting of the New Dishley Society who commemorate the life of Robert Bakewell, the 18th century pioneer livestock breeder. There were some excellent talks (and a good barbecue) together with a viewing of the Blackbrook Herd of Longhorns. These are impressive growthy cattle with nice heifers and young bulls and steers with very good conformation. The Blackbrook Gallery of livestock art was also worth seeing – some exceptional portraits of 18th and early 19th century cattle.

Blackbrook Herd of Longhorns

Blackbrook Herd of Longhorns
Blackbrook Herd of Longhorns
Blackbrook Herd of Longhorns

 

 

AUGUST 2015 – 1

At Dumfries and Lockerbie Show, our cow, Sandwick Celtic Rose with her white heifer calf at foot, followed up her Yorkshire Show success by taking the Beef Shorthorn Championship. She followed this up a few day's later with a first in her class in the multi-breed section at Wigtown Agricultural Show.

Sandwick Celtic Rose with her white heifer calf at foot

Sandwick Celtic Rose

 

 

JULY 2015 – 2

We had an evening visit from the local Eaglesfield Gardening Club. Some twenty one members attended and had a detailed inspection of Mrs Thomson's garden, together with an interested look at some Shorthorn cows and calves which we pulled in for them. For once, the weather was dry and pleasant. Our farming operations are well behind because of the persistent rain.

Mrs Thomson's garden
Mrs Thomson's garden

 

 


JULY 2015 – 1

We took three cattle plus a calf to the Great Yorkshire Show. Our senior stock bull, Burnside Elite together with a young homebred bull, Shawhill Henderson and a 2009 cow, Sandwick Celtic Rose and her white heifer calf. We managed to get two Beef Shorthorn reserve championships which was pleasing.

A good time was had by all. It is an excellent show and we were well looked after (and some of our team certainly needed looking after!).

Shawhill Henderson by Shawhill Freedom (a K-Kim Freedom son) stood first in a long class of young bulls, he followed this by taking the reserve junior overall Beef Shorthorn championship. Sandwick Celtic Rose, bred by Messrs Ivison from whom we bought her some years ago, added to her show successes with the reserve overall female championship. She had been second, in an outstanding class, to the champion female.

The Australian judge was most interesting in his between-class commentaries and Prince Charles visited the Shorthorns whilst they were being shown.

Shawhill Henderson

Shawhill Henderson
Sandwick Celtic Rose

Sandwick Celtic Rose
Burnside Elite

Burnside Elite
HRH Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales
Must have been a good joke!

Must have been a good joke!

 

 

JUNE – 2

The late John Mattley was, for many years, Regional Livestock Officer for the Milk Marketing Board. He was well known to farmers across the country and his particular responsibility was the purchase of bulls for the Board's famous stud. Subsequently, he established his bookselling business, Phenotype Books. Based in Penrith, he became known worldwide as a major specialist in books on agriculture and related subjects.

On Thursday 9th July, at the Carlisle saleroom, our auctioneering firm, Thomson, Roddick & Medcalf offered books and pictures from the late Mr Mattley's collection and stock. This comprised an excellent selection of antiquarian and later books on agriculture including individual breed histories and a splendid selection of the famous reports on the farming of the various counties of Britain which were prepared in the late 18th and early 19th century at the behest of the Board of Agriculture in England and Sir John Sinclair in Scotland. There was also earlier works on farming and a good range of books on equestrian subjects and the countryside and rural life generally.

The sale also included John Mattley's collection of paintings, engraving and prints of farm animals and horses. These include some fine prints of early Shorthorn and other cattle and paintings and prints of heavy horses. The sale results are online at www.thomsonroddick.com



Mattley sale

 

 

JUNE 2015 – 1

The usual good time was had at Edinburgh's Royal Highland Show. There was an exceptional entry of Shorthorns, although it was a bit cold on judging day.

Burnside Elite

Burnside Elite
Sandwick Celtic Rose, with her white heifer calf at foot

Sandwick Celtic Rose, with her white heifer calf at foot

Our bull, Burnside Elite stood third in the senior bull class and our cow, Sandwick Celtic Rose, with her white heifer calf at foot, got a sixth ticket in the senior female class.

John Dick featured in an excellent photograph in Thursday's Scotsman Newspaper – definitely a Shorthorn character.

 

 

MAY 2015 – 1

Our usual first show outing of the year at The Fife Show which featured a record entry of Beef Shorthorns. Shawhill Harry Begg (613803293), by Burnside Elite, stood third in the young bull class and Shawhill Princess Hawaii (613803335), also by Burnside Elite, took the fourth in a long and good class of maiden heifers. Excellent weather and a good event.

Shawhill Harry Begg (centre) at The Fife Show

“Shawhill Harry Begg (centre) at The Fife Show

 

 

APRIL 2015 -2

We are well through calving with most of the cows and calves now out and enjoying the days of sunshine, as long as they last. The calves shown below are mostly by Burnside Elite with a few by Shawhill Freedom who has also bred very well on the cross cows.

Shawhill Shorthorns, March born calves at Newlands

Shawhill Shorthorns, March born calves at Newlands
Fieldhouse Florence Anita with some March born calves

Fieldhouse Florence Anita with some March born calves

 

 

APRIL 2015 – 1

The good weather seems to have come, but doubtless temporarily. We have a good number of calves on the ground by Burnside Elite and Shawhill Freedom. They are looking well but there are a distinct preponderance of bulls so far this year. We are starting to think about shows and John is beginning to work on the heifers, although there is a lot to do!

Glenisla Eva Broadhooks E862 with her bull calf, Shawhill J-A-T, by Shawhill Freedom

Glenisla Eva Broadhooks E862 with her bull calf, Shawhill J-A-T, by Shawhill Freedom

 

 

FEBRUARY 2015 - 1

A good visit to the Stirling sales and nice to see the Princess Royal in attendance - more photographers than Shorthorns!

HRH The Princess Royal (and photographers)

The Princess Royal (and photographers)

For the second consecutive Stirling sale we took the Reserve Female Beef Shorthorn Championship, this time with one of our three 15 month old heifers, Shawhill Foxglove Grace, which sold for 1,700gns. to the judge, Nigel Miller from Stagehall.

Shawhill Foxglove Grace

Shawhill Foxglove Grace

2,000gns was paid by Mr J. Fyall of Sittyton (a previous purchaser of our cattle) for Shawhill Irene Gillian and Tessa Darlington of Roundhill Farm took Shawhill Tessa Gemima at 1,700gns. Our bull, Shawhill Gerald, went to Newtonmore, to Caroline and Andrew Rafferty. We hope that all the buyers will have success with their cattle.

 

 

JANUARY 2015 - 2

We have three fifteen month old Beef Shorthorn heifers going to the Stirling Sales next week together with a roan bull by Vortrekker of Upsall.

Shawhill Foxglove Grace

Shawhill Foxglove Grace
Shawhill Irene Gillian

Shawhill Irene Gillian
Shawhill Tessa Gemima

Shawhill Tessa Gemima
Shawhill Gerald

Shawhill Gerald

 

 

JANUARY 2015 -1

New year greetings and best wishes to all our friends and customers. The exceptional weather last year continued well into the autumn and early winter. This has certainly benefitted the stock and kept feed costs down a little. Ewes both on the low ground and the hill are pregnacy scanning well. Snow has come to our hill farm, Archbank, this week but still not too bad.

Archbank

Archbank

We have four Beef Shorthorns for the Stirling Sales on 2nd and 3rd February. There are three October 2013 born maiden heifers – Shawhill Foxglove Grace and Shawhill Irene Gillian are both by Chapelton Diplomat and Shawhill Tessa Gemima is a Vortrekker of Upsall daughter. Also by Vortrekker of Upsall is the roan bull which we are consigning – Shawhill Gerald, born April 2013.

 

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