The 13-month-old black steer weighed about 400kg was home-bred in the Graham family’s herd of 240 sucklers. He was sired by Haltcliffe Union who was bought at a main breed society sale at Carlisle for 4300gns and is a son of Goldies Oswald.
“He’s bred exceptionally well for us and this was one of his first crop of calves,” commented Mr Graham who later sold the steer for the top price of £3500. Buyer was Mike Rowlands, Newtown, Powys, who has the steer ear-marked for an appearance at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.
The Graham family, who also run 700 breeding ewes and are renowned as top primestock producers, concentrate on a mix of Limousin and British Blue breeding in their cows.
Their 17 calves by the Haltcliffe bull averaged £1128 and included a heifer at £2000.
The reserve championship went to Colin and James Little of The Guards, Ireby, Wigton, Cumbria, with a British Blue steer. By Wold Newton Rambo and out of a pure-bred Limousin cow, the steer made £1500 to the judge Dai Thomas.
Father and son team of Stephen and Thomas Illingworth, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie made £2300 for their registered British Blue heifer Glenrock Cupid – a daughter of Daffyd O’Chain. Buyer was H W Timm, Goole.
(Harrison and Hetherington).