Females were in strong demand at the British Blue Society’s 58th National show and sale in Chelford last weekend, with a fast and lively trade resulting in a complete clearance of breeding females and young heifers.
Leading the trade at 3,800gns was the female champion, two-year-old heifer Almeley Gloria, from Graham Morgan’s noted pedigree herd in Tillington, Herefordshire.
Sired by Drybarrows Cawdale this one is out of the Park Thunderbolt daughter Hillside Cheyanne. She attracted a huge amount of interest pre-sale, which resulted in fierce bidding ringside, but was finally knocked down to Jeff and Lorraine Dunn for their Highridge herd in Devon.
Bull trade was mixed, with strong and fit bulls well sought after, but younger bulls were slower to sell.
Two bulls earned the day’s joint highest bids for males at 3,000gns.
First up was Warehams Go Get, consigned by Sarah and Jason Wareham, Suffolk. By Pendle Valley he is out of Ridge Dean Rowena. Staking a claim in his pedigree was Blaze Tomlinson, Loughborough, Leicestershire.
Next at this money was Clayfields Gunnar, from Mark Hambleton, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. This Empre D’Ochain son is out of the Bringlee Talbot daughter Holirow Angeldelight and is within the top 5% of the breed for 400-day growth. The hammer fell to PL Morris and Sons, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
The long trip from County Antrim proved worthwhile for Northern Ireland breeders Mel and Diane Lucas when their June 2010-born heifer Lukeroyal Fizz sold for 2,850gns.
By the Dafydd sired Battle Axe and out of the Twyning Ash Vaughan daughter Lukeroyal Calypso, she sold in calf to Lukeroyal George and heads to Chesterfield with I Rowe.
Preston Farms’ Glenpark Gladstone earned the day’s champion ribbon under pre-show judge Linda Morgan, from Powys. This quadruple sired bull is out of the Empire daughter Woodview Dainty and is within the top 5% for growth and carcase profitability index. He sold for 2, 550gns to JA Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Young heifers were no exception to the hotly contested female bidding.
The highest bid in this section came for the June 2010 born heifer New Close Hayley, from New Close Farm, Staffordshire.
By Colos Van Daisel and out of Cilla Black she heads to Northhamptonshire with Jo Adams, along with the yearling Tanant Hopeful at 2,350gns.
Averages: 16 bulls, £2,782.50; 10 females, £2,671.