12 March 1999

Bids for Belgian Blue bulls create buzz

BELGIAN Blue breeders could have sold many more bulls at the societys Chelford sale last Saturday where a scorching trade lifted the average by almost £700 to level 15 sires at £2205.

But it was a cross-bred commercial heifer that made the top price of £3800.

Society secretary John Fleming said: "There was a buzz around the packed sale ring that we have not seen for many years and several prospective purchasers went home disappointed. The commercial trade was a flyer."

Bulls from leading breeder Michele Wildes herd at Leighton Buzzard, commanded intense interest from buyers and drew two of the days highest bids.

Ridge Dean Oz, a naturally born white bull, is by the Park Daimler son Ridge Dean Kurt and was bought by Miss J Williamson, Kingussie, Invernesshire for the top price of 3200gns. And Ridge Dean Optical, by Savant de Pierrecome, realised 2900gns to G White and Sons, Alford, Cheshire.

Lancs hill farmer and Swaledale sheep breeder Tom Robinson judged the classes and awarded the bull title and reserve overall championship to Woodlands Orbit, a son of Baloe Van Terbeck from M and N Beardsleys herd at Belper, Derbys. He made 2800gns to &#42 S Davies, Hawick.

Two good bulls from the Godden familys consignment sold well. Bassibones Otis made 2500gns to D Coville, Ramsgill, North Yorks and Bassibones Orion sold to Mattinson and Sons, Heads Nook, Carlisle at 2400gns. Both bulls were by Bassibones Lionel.

Also at 2400gns was Chancellors Otto, a son of Jules from Somerset breeders D R Walwin and Son. Buyer was J Holmes, Newport, Shropshire.

Winning the overall championship and making 2200gns was Brookfield Opal, a powerful April 1997-bred heifer by Classique de St Lambert from Stephen Potters herd at Thirsk, North Yorks. Buyer was A Duncan, Old Meldrum, Inverurie.

And Miss Wilde tapped into the good female trade with her black-and-white heifer Ridge Dean Piper, a daughter of Hazelwood Jake and out of one of the herds most successful show cows. She made 2050gns to T P Galligan, Romiley.

And a bid of 2000gns came for Ridge Dean Okay, a blue-roan heifer by Ridge Dean Kurt. She goes to mid-Wales with I Evans and Son, Machynlleth.

The sale produced a fast trade for Belgian Blue-bred commercial cattle and it was a heifer by a Limousin out of a Belgian Blue dam that won the cross-bred title. She was consigned by Andrew Davies, Llandeilo and made £3800 – a sale record price for a cross-bred. Buyer was Mr Willliams, Sennybridge.

Averages: 15 bulls £2205; 12 females £1416; 80 cross-bred steers £699 and 70 cross-bred heifers £586. (Frank R Marshall and Co) &#42