Trade topped 7,000gns at the British Blue national show and sale at Chelford on Saturday (11 March).
Sale leader was the reserve male champion Drift Hero from AS Phillips and Sons, Reading, Berkshire.
This February 2012 Troy son is out of the Visconti bred Ridge Dean Dibbley and is a full brother to the 14,000gns Drift Holly. He attracted considerable pre-sale interest, having been shown successfully last year. He boasts 200-day growth figures in the top 10% of the breed and Carcase Profitability Index figures in the top 25%.
After lively bidding he was eventually knocked down to Huw Evans, for his Hendreseifion herd, Machynlleth.
Next best with a bid of 6,400gns was Drift Harlequin from the stable and a full brother to Hero. He won breed junior champion at the Royal Berkshire Show. Buyer was H Hitchcock, Belper, Derbyshire.
The day’s champion was awarded to Rhymil Hugo Boss, from Rhys Millichap, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Mid Glamorgan. Sired by the Affute Du Ry Ossogne son Boothlow Batman he is out of a homebred cow Rhymil Beauty. He won reserve junior male at the Royal Highland last year. Purchaser at 5,900gns was Geoffrey Brown, South Molton, Devon.
Greystone Hardy from Messrs Coates from Settle, Yorkshire, made 5,200gns when selling to PL Harrison of Newtown, Powys. Sired by Greystone Atomic this April 2012-born bull and is out of a homebred dam sired by Adagio Du Stordeur.
Danny Wyllie, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, made 5,000gns when selling his March 2012 born bull Tamhorn Hamish to R J Hancock and Sons, Hope Valley, Derbyshire. This son of Ballygrange Alex is out of the Sumo sired Tamhorn Deirdre and has a breeding index in the top 15% of the breed.
Another consignment from Messrs Coates, Greystone Generator, by the great show progeny producer Tamhorn Ringmaster, made 4,900gns, when selling to the Twyning Ash Herd of Messrs R and J Carter.
Topping trade for the Wilson family, from Hollington, Staffordhsire was New Close Hamlet, a Imperial son, out of the great brood cow New Close Cilla Blak. Hamlet’s 200-day growth figures are in the top 10% of the breed. He sold for 4,900gns to Lowesby Farms, Leicestershire.
Veteran breeder Ted Haste made the long journey from West Devon and sold his April 2012 born Stoneleigh Hogan, a son of the homebred Stoneleigh Celebration and out of the homebred Stoneleigh Wonder, for 4,700 gns to B A Wardman, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Another long distance traveller, Dylan Rees from Pembrokeshire brought forward Blue Stone Howard, by one of his own bulls, Blue Stone Edward, and out of the Three Ways Superstar sired Blue Stone Awena. He sold for 4,500 gns to R A Jones, Llanfechell, Anglesey.
Younger, immature bulls proved more difficult to sell, with one notable exception. Messrs Green from Colpy Insch, Aberdeen, saw their long journey rewarded when they sold their September 2012 born classy black and white bull Oxcroft Highlander, a son of Netherdale Dram, out of the Twyning Ash Vaughan sired Oxcroft Ebony, for 6,000 gns to Messrs Bentley, Middleton in Teesdale.
Pedigree Females were in short supply, but quality breeding stock with potential was clearly sought after. Topping the trade was one of the youngest heifers forward, the Reserve Female Champion, Bidwell Isla, from Kevin and Dawn Ludgate’s herd in Bedfordshire. This all black, May 2013 born daughter of Cromwell Fendt and out of the Bringlee Waldo sired Tweeddale Fidela, made 4,000 gns to Roy Mycock, Buxton.
Next best with a bid of 3,500gns was Herefordshire’s Graham Morgan’s smart June 2012 born heifer Almeley Happy Girl, by Colos Van Daisel and out of the homebred Dolly. Buyer was Patrick Russell, Pembrokeshire.
Jason Wareham’s long journey from Heathfield, East Sussex, was made worthwhile when he sold his homebred Warehams Heather by Boothlow Elvis and out of a homebred heifer Warehams Diamond, for 3,400 gns to Jeff and Lorraine Dunn, for their Highridge Herd in Devon.
The female champion, Tanat Heather, from Wyn Jones, Oswestry, an April 2012 born heifer by Imperial and out of the Bringlee Waldo sired show cow Tanat Ebony made 3,200 gns to I Rowe, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Following on from a solid trade in the pedigree ring, the crossbred entry received sturdy interest from commercial feeders and breeders alike.
Well known beef, arable and sheep farmer William Timm made the journey from just outside York with the auspicious task of judging the strong entry. He chose his Champion in a very smart March born heifer from Norfolk breeders Henry and Ben Harvey. At sale time he backed his judgement securing the heifer at £1,900 on behalf of T Lyons, Bourne, Lincs.
Champion steer was bred and exhibited by regular Chelford supporter; Brian Griffiths, Penygelly. Born last May, the steer showed exceptional growth and style and was knocked down to Norwich based show team, Graham and Heather Blythe at £1,500.
Tremendous interest from commercial beef breeders ensured a terrific level of trade for future cow-makers. Mark McGahan and son Jack saw their May born heifer make £1,680 to William Timm and Brian Griffiths came close at £1,650 with a yearling heifer selling to ND Stevens, Wells, Somerset.
Other leading prices included a very smart bulling heifer from Carmarthenshire breeders; Davies Brothers. She made £1,620 to H Williams Llangadog. Henry Harvey also sold heifers to £1620, going home with Harvey Ashworth, Milnrow.
Quality commercial feeding cattle met a sound enquiry, with Henry Harvey and Son selling steers to £1450, £1400, £1390 and £1380 with over half the entry attracting bids in excess of £1100.
Averages: 19 senior bulls, £4,349; nine junior bulls, £3,010; seven pedigree females, £3,019,35 crossbred steers, £1173, 47 crossbred heifers, £1172.98; one crossbred cow, £1970.
(Frank Marshall and Sons)