Saturday’s sale of British Blues at Chelford may have lacked a five figure headline sale, but there was a strong demand for the cattle on offer, and, according to the society buyers were attracted by the breed’s strong cull values among other attributes.
Top price of the day was a 7500gns sale for the best of the bulls on offer, Ballykeel Diesel from Daniel Rogers, Northern Ireland. This son of Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur is out of Ballykeel Angel, an As De Trefle daughter and stood reserve champion in the pre-sale show. He sold to commercial producers Messrs Wood, Reddich.
Then at 6300gns was Holirow Cannonball from Mark Hambleton. This one is by Cajoleur De Rettigny and out of Widewath Voluptuous, a Serieux De Fooz daughter. He was taken by S and C Morris, Craven Arms.
Selling for 6100gns was Whitmanor Designer from Martin Clarke, Brackley. Sired by Wilodge Ulex and out of Whitmanor Rhapsody, an Inexes De La Croix De Mers daughter, this black bull sold to D Sawris, Halifax.
A pair then sold at 5800gns, the first of which was Ridge Dean Dillon from Michelle Wilde, Leighton Buzzard. This is by Empire D’Ochain and out of noted cow Ridge Dean Navette, and sold to Messrs Wood.
The second at this level was the pre-sale champion, New Close Dictator from Ian and Andrew Wilson, Staffordshire. He is by Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur and out of Bringlee Tandy, a daughter of the famous show cow Bringlee Sandy. This one was bought by C R Clayton, Malpas.
Making the next best price of 5600gns was Clayfields Domino from Mark Hambleton. This is a son of Blak Du Baty out of Donnah Tango, a Wreay Odilio daughter. He sold to G E Davis, Newtown, Powys.
Shortly behind that at 5300gns was another from Martin Clarke, Whitmanor Diplomat. This one, again by Ulex, sold to Derek Beal, Malton.
At 5200gns was Hazeldee Dan from Doug Hazel. He is by Savant De Pierrecome and sold to D M Thorpe, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Heading up the female prices was a 4900gns sale for the best of the day from Danny and Jane Wyllie’s Tamhorn herd, Tamhorn Ember. This is a daughter of Ballygrange Alex out of Tamhorn Wee Daisy, a Cristal De Somme daughter. She sold to Sarah Potter, Faringdon, Oxon.
Next best was a 4600gns sale for Almeley Dee from Graham Morgan. This one is by Almeley Bouncer and sold to J and L Dunn, Okehampton, Devon.
Then making 4100gns was Boothlow Dollar from Keith and Janet Belfield. She is sired by Affute and out of Boothlow Tina, an Opticien daughter. This one sold to Messrs Wood, Reddich. And making 3600gns was Solway View Exstacy from Kevin Watret. This July 2009-born heifer is by Bringlee Volkawagon and sold to T D Hough, Pontefract.
In the show potential commercial cattle on offer the top price of £3100 was paid form Tom Burnett’s British Blue cross steer which was bought by Andy Bishop, Gloucestershire.
At £2850 was a Limousin cross steer from Brian Griffiths, Newtown, Powys, which sold to Sam Madeley, Ross-on-Wye, having stood reserve overall champion in the pre-sale show.
Then making £2050 was the best of Frank Page’s string. This British Blue cross heifer was bought by W Watt, Banffshire.
Champion from the pre-sale show was a Limousin cross heifer from Colin and Wendy Phillips which sold for £1600 to A F Cooke, Ivy Bridge, Devon.
Averages; 54 bulls £4070.64, 40 females £2445.88, 33 crossbred steers £1148.79, 38 crossbred heifers £1075.95 (Frank Marshall).