British Blues topped at 4,000gns at the Border British Blue Clubs’ autumn sale, Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last week (3 October).
Trade was selective with seven bulls selling to an overall average of £3,615.
Leading trade was Ryden Invincible, a black son of Annanwater Vince out of Annanwater Black Beauty, bred and exhibited by Andy and Steph Ryder, Blackford, Cumbria. This one was knocked down to TR and EA Milburn, Brampton, Cumbria.
Just shy of this at 3,800gns was the reserve champion Luce Water Hercules ET, a son of Solway View Antonio out of Auchlane Beatexus, bred and exhibited by Ben Haigh, Newtownards. Buyer was R Downie, Ballater, Aberdeenshire.
Next at 3,700gns was the first prize bull Stonebyres Harris, by Bringlee Volkawagon out of Stonebyres Caprice, from A and CS Comrie, Lanarkshire. He is within the top 20% of the breed for growth and found a new home with A and K Rhind and Son, Forres, Morayshire.
From the same stable Stonebyres Hamish made 3,600gns when selling to N Cooper and Sons, Broughton in Furness.
Martin Bros’ Springhill Hammer from Newtownards was awarded the championship under judge Brian Hall, Ainstable Hall. This November 2012 son of Lotto VD Vloeikenshoeve, out of Springhill Fizz, has 400-day growth figures in the top 35% of the breed. He found a new home with Vickers and Richardson, Bickley, Scarborough for 3,000gns.
The female champion went to Stowbeck Freda, a daughter of Empire D’Ochain out of Norbreck Baltimore, bred and exhibited by Skirwith Hall Farms, Penrith, Cumbria.
She boasts 400-growth figures in the top 5% and sold with her March ’13 born heifer calf at foot for 2,300gns to Ben Haigh, Airyhemming, Newton Stewart.
Averages: seven bulls, £3615; one female, £2415.
(Harrison & Hetherington)