The Normande dispersal on behalf of Norman and Elma Cruickshank, Cowford Farm, Cleghorn, Lanark, peaked at 3,400gns when 58 lots went under the hammer at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last week (24 July).

Sale leader was the seventeen-month-old bull Drombanny Jacob, originally bred by Patrick Limerick, Eire.

Drombanny Jacob 3400gns

Drombanny Jacob is by Cloughhead Ernie and is out of the Wilodge Vantastic sired Drombanny Glitter. Purchasing the top price bull was T N Story, Hilltop, Kirkcambeck, Brampton, Cumbria.

Altogether, 58 lots sold to gross almost £112,000.

Second best was the homebred bull Normande Jack, which made 3200gns when selling to AF Thomson, Lammerview, North Berwick, East Lothian.

Another February 2014 born bull, Normande Jack is by the Irish sire Brookfield Elmo and is out of the eleven year old Normande Vanessa.

The Brookfield Elmo daughter Normande Herys was sold with her bull calf at foot for 3000gns.  Herys is December 2012 born and is out of Normande Erys. Her April born bull calf, Normande Lewis, is by the Highlander son Beck Giant. This outfit was purchased by an undisclosed buyer.

At 2900gns was another of the herd’s stock bulls Cillicon Greenson.  Another from Ireland this 2011 born bull was bred by John Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare.  Sired by Ideal he is out of the French cow Raquette. Purchasing this lot was D Millar, Dungivan, Co Londonderry.

Two animals made 2800gns.  The first of these was the Moloskey Claus sired Normande Goya.  Out of Normande Copelia, this first calver was sold with her Roundhill Hamlet sired bull calf at foot, Normande Lord.  This was another outfit knocked down to an undisclosed buyer.

Also at this money was the stock bull Beck Giant, which sold to SC Barron, Maunby House, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.  This April 2011 born bull was bred by WJ Hickson, Knarrside Farm, Colne, Lancashire.  Noted as a ‘very easy calving sire’, Beck Giant is by Highlander and is out of the Ronick Haw sired Beck Doreen.

Averages: 23 cows served and/or suckling, £2,090.87; 16 in-calf heifers, £1653.75; eight maiden heifers,        £1657.69; three stock bulls, £3185; eight senior bulls, £1821.75.

(Harrison and Hetherington).