Even the regular move from Chelford to Beeston didn’t deter strong bidding at the weekend’s British Blue Show and Sale.
Topping the day’s trade at 9200gns were local producers Keith and Janet Belfield, Derbyshire. Having already regarded Boothlow Batman as the best bull they have ever bred, he has already had a successful show season. Batman is sired by Affute out of a Hazelwood Freshman daughter and was knocked down to Davies and Millichap, Mid Glamorgan.
Fellow South Wales breeders Tim and Kitty Bodily, Abergavenny sold their Gitan son Llanymynach Bonanza for 5600gns to Jonathan Hall, Bakewell.
Last year’s Royal Welsh junior and overall male champion Bringley Banjo and Immense son from Graham Jones, Shrewsbury sold for 5400gns to D Stephen and Son, Turriff.
Female trade topped at 8500gns for Balzer Black Magic from Messrs Phillips, Ceredigion. Sired by Gitan and out of a Baron cow, she was bought by Ross Withers, Truro.
Taking the female championship and selling for 3200gns was Christine Williams’ Wilodge Tofleur, out of Wilodge Ofleur – a full sister to Wilodge Ulex. She was snapped up by Jim Innes, Huntly.
Commercial trade peaked at £2450 for a steer from Boomer Birch, bought by judy Fountaine, Milton Keynes.
A call of £2150 for Nigel Pritchard’s heifer, she sold to Messrs Bodily, Abergavenny.
Taking the championship ticket was Frank Page, Northants whose Ringmaster daughter sold for £2050 to Emily Jones.