Beef Shorthorn

Walter Biggar returned from judging Chicago International Show in the 1930s to establish Chapelton Beef Shorthorns with his son, James.  The herd is now managed by Donald who has blended U.K. bloodlines with the finest North American genetics.  Tofts Romany and Fearn Rhuaridh (Uppermill x Fingask x Calrossie) feature prominently in the traditional pedigrees.

North American sires such as CF Varsity and Butterfield Able Seaman have produced stock bulls Typhoon, Wildfire and Welcome.  All three have combined well with the U.K. bloodlines in the herd.

Cavans Yankee and Glenisla Banqo continue the program of improvement which was developed by the purchase of Stonehills X Factor.  We presently have around 75 cows, a number we hope to increase.  Amongst the first group of females by Banqo offered for sale was Chapelton Honeysuckle, who sold for a record 13,000 gns at Stirling in October 2012.

Other notable successes include Zodiac, Ambassador, Braveheart and Duke, all sons of Chapelton Typhoon and all February Perth Champions.  Covenanter sold privately to Meonhill for £16,000 in 2010 and Chapelton Dauphin broke the previous record which had stood for 65 years by selling for 15,000 gns at Stirling in 2012.

In recent years we have also seen the export market re-emerge.  The first herd in Austria was established in Spring 2011 using four Chapelton heifers.  We have also exported animals to Germany.  Chapelton Envoy was sold alongside two heifers in 2012 to a customer who has since returned for three more Chapelton Shorthorn bulls.

We have tested the calving ease of our females by calving them at two years of age for twenty years.  Chapelton Shorthorn bulls are working commercially both locally and further afield and we regularly have bulls available that are ready to work.  There are also a considerable number of Chapelton bulls working in pedigree herds across the UK.

We performance record all of our Shorthorns on the Breedplan system.  This data can be accessed through the Beef Shorthorn Society website database or through links on the sales pages of our website.

Current Stock Bulls

Chapelton Typhoon

Chapelton Typhoon

Sire of Zodiac, Ambassador, Braveheart, Duke and Exemplar, all Champions at Perth February Sales. He also sired Chapelton Dauphin who broke the breed record at the sales in 2012.

Glenisla Banqo

Glenisla Banqo

Purchased in February 2010, Banqo’s strong maternal qualities, exemplified by his full sister Glenisla Eva Broadhooks, Senior Female Champion at RHS 2011, are producing excellent heifer claves. His first sons and daughters are now coming through, led by Chapelton Honeysuckle, who sold for 13,000 gns at Stirling in October.

Stonehills X Factor

Stonehills X Factor

Purchased in February 2012, X Factor’s first calves are due in the Spring of 2013. He is already displaying the qualities of his sire, Elliot Bodacious, who won supreme champion at the World Conference Show of 2010. X Factor ran with our maiden heifers last summer and is now with our Autumn calving group.

Fergus of Upsall

Fergus of Upsall

Purchased at the February Sales 2014, Fergus combines the influence of the Glenisla Eva Broadhooks family which also produced Banqo and introduces the Upsall Ury Maid family which produced Upsall Cougar. We look forward to his first calves in spring 2015.

Cavans Yankee

Cavans Yankee

We were drawn to Yankee for his frame and soundness of structure. We were also keen to reintroduce the bloodlines of his maternal grandsire, Chapelton Masterkey, one of Tofts Romany’s best sons. Sons of Yankee include Chapelton Clansman, Reserve Champion at Stirling 2011 selling to Pode Hole for 10,000gns and Chapelton Ensign, who joined Glenrinnes Farms this spring.