17 May 2002

Blondes prove to be the best

BLONDE DAquitaine cattle breeders revelled in one of their best sales at Carlisle for many years when 40 bulls averaged £2680 and sold to 6000gns.

A lack of quality in quantity has long dogged the breed societys official sales at Borderway Mart but last weeks impressive parade proved beyond doubt that commercial suckler men are prepared to back the Blonde.

There were 14 bulls over 3000gns but it was Northants-based Hackleton Farms striking young bull Hackleton Renown that scooped the jackpot at 6000gns.

Sired by Hackleton Mellors, a previous Royal Welsh champion, Renown is out of a Hayton cow by Aubin. He has a 400-day weight of 692kg (almost 167kg above breed average) and a top-ranking beef value of 37. Buyers were R and &#42 Braid, Moffat, Dumfriesshire.

Standing supreme was Glasgow breeder JT Owen with his Easterton Rowan. This son of Kinaston Nyle realised 5200gns and stays in Cumbria with L and PA Haygarth, Penrith.

Mountquhanie Farms, Cupar, Fife, paid 5000gns for the French-bred Misbourne Roland from Richard Barnes, who runs the Feoffee herd at Pocklington, near York. Roland is by Lazare.

The successful show and brood cow Hadley Harmony has done a great job for Barry Allsop and Sons herd in Leics. And she made her mark again through her son Glenbarry Reggie, which made 4700gns to JR and &#42&#42 Thomas, Montgomery, Powys.

Females reached 5200gns when Paragon Blondes from Hexham secured a smart cow and calf outfit from RP and SM Holloway, Coventry. Their Withybrook Orchid is by Bromfield Major and out of the successful show and brood cow Withybrook Fleur. Orchid was suckling a bull calf by Hackleton Mellors (Harrison & Hetherington). &#42