The traditional spring sale of pedigree Galloway and Whitebred Shorthorn cattle was held at Carlisle where the breeds reached 1200gns and 1600gns respectively.

Despite the trend among some upland suckler herds to move towards a low-cost, hardy cow, there was limited interest in Whitebred Shorthorn bulls – the sire of the once popular Blue-Grey suckler cow.

The well-known Parton herd run by Messrs Hewson at Burgh-by-Sands on the coast west of Carlisle produced Parton Legacy to take the championship and realise the day’s joint top price.

Buyers were Berryfell Farm Trust, Roxburghshire.

Matching that bid was P Kennedy, Auldgirth, Dumfries.

He claimed G Bell & Co’s Bloch Hamish, bred in the breed’s homeland in the border country at Langholm.

The female Galloway championship went to Barlaes Kate 41st from R & M Fergusson, Castle Douglas.

A combination of Reddings and High Creoch breeding, she realised 1200gns to H & J Smith, Carlisle.

Collecting the male ticket was Landlord of Kilnstown from the Waugh family at Bewcastle near Carlisle.

He made 1000gns to C Anderson, Bellingham, Northumberland.

Galloway averages: Three bulls 840, four heifers in-calf or suckling 472 and 18 bulling heifers 610.

(Harrison & Hetherington)

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