The first day of the Carlisle noted two day suckled calf show and sale got off to a brisk start, with the Champion and Reserve Champion entries both selling for £4500 each and the overall sale average seeing a rise of nearly £60 up on the year to level out at £778.
The pre-sale judging was carried out by Julie Sedgewick of Bishop Auckland , Co.Durham and she awarded the Championship ticket and sash to Messrs Trafford of Bassenthwaite Hall Farm, Keswick, who claimed the Royal Bank of Scotland Quaish for the second year in succession.
Their greatly admired heifer was a black Limousin cross nine month old daughter of the registered Limousin bull Waindale Potential and was bred from a pure British Blue cow. She sold for £4500 to Messrs C Birrell and Co of Barnboard Farm, Castle Douglas.
The Reserve Championship ticket went to another Limousin cross shown by Messrs Harrison of Grange Hall, Appleby. Their entry was another eye catching lady and sired by their home bred registered Limousin bull Noble Buster and was bred from a British Blue cross bred mother. This heifer also sold for £4500 and was purchased by an undisclosed buyer.
The best entry from the British Blue classes was a black heifer shown by Helen Claxton of Newton High House, Stocksfield. Her black heifer was by the registered British Blue bull Reinbeck Rubin and was out of a home-bred pure Limousin mother. She sold for £2300 and goes to W Timm of Doncaster.
Leading the Charolais entries was the 1st prize winner consigned by P Dean of Allerbeck Farm, Lockerbie. This heifer was a pedigree bred Charolais and is sired by Balthayock Universe and bred from Logie Savanne. She was knocked down at £2000 to Messrs MacPherson of Oban.
In the Blonde entries, the winning heifer was from John Stott of Hill Top, Caldbeck. His 10 month old roan marked heifer is by the registered Blonde bull Shapfell Bongo and was out of a Limousin cross British Blue bred mother. This sweet stylish lady sold for £1600 and goes to Phil and Sharon Sellers of Derby.
Full report to follow.