Day to remember as Upsall herd wins top heifer classes

Charles Horrell with his Skipton Beef Shorthorn junior heifer champion, joined by judge George McCulloch.
Charles Horrell with his Skipton Beef Shorthorn junior heifer champion, joined by judge George McCulloch.

Britain’s oldest Beef Shorthorn herd, run by The Hon Gerald Turton near Thirsk , made it a day to remember when proving the standout performer at the sixth annual show and sale of pedigree Beef Shorthorn cattle at Skipton.

The Upsall herd won both junior heifer show classes, one selling for the day’s top price of 4,400gns, the other standing reserve champion.

Aimie Park, wife of Mr Turton’s herdsman Ian Park, led out the reserve female and overall reserve champion, the March, 2014-born Clipper X968 of Upsall. The runner-up sold in-calf to Firefox of Upsall for 3,900gns to RJ Baudains, of Nunnington in Ryedale. The same buyer also bought three further Upsall junior heifers.

By Chapeltown Clansman, a 10,000gns acquisition in 2010 and since used to good effect, having himself sold bulls to 10,000gns, out of the Nevada Warrior daughter, the EX91 classified Podehole Gypsy Angel, the title winner found a new home in North Yorkshire when selling for 2,900gns to Ian Clough, of Pickering.

Peter Turnbull’s Oakleigh herd in Kildale, Whitby, made 2,300gns with junior heifer, the Blelack Masterpiece daughter, Oakleigh Harmony.