1 September 2000

Breeders impressed with high-grazing cattle

ABERDEEN Angus breeders were impressed with cattle that grazed land from 800-1000ft and coped with an annual rainfall of 165cm (65ins) when the Stoney Raikes herd was dispersed at Carlisle.

Prices reached 2100gns for a cow and calf when David and Ruth Fish from Briercliffe, Burnley, Lancs, dispersed their herd which saw 63 cows – either served or suckling a calf – average £817.

"The vendors aim was to breed meaty bulls of reasonable size that would suit dairy farmers," said auctioneer David Dickinson.

The top price was paid for Pinky Pride 2nd of Stoney Raikes, a 1993-bred cow by Netherton Prince Osmond and out of a cow by Pepper of Thornton. She was suckling a May-born bull calf by Ushaw Even Eric and had been running with the same bull this summer. Buyers were D and S Smith, Maybole, Ayrshire.

The Stoney Raikes herd was founded on the in-calf heifer Juperta 3rd of Bankhead bought at Perth in 1983 and ringsiders showed a keen interest in tapping into this bloodline. A grand-daughter of this foundation heifer, Juperta 17th of Stoney Raikes, realised 1700gns to RH Dick and Sons, Holywood, Dumfries. She is by Prince Osmond, who is a son of the influential sire TLA Northern Samurai, and out of a Jewvil Eric of the Moss dam.

Juperta 17th was sold with a heifer calf at foot by the Ushaw sire.

Age did not deter breeders when Elandia 7th of Stoney Raikes came in to the ring. This nine-year-old cow had produced three sets of twins in seven calvings and was offered with a spring-born heifer calf by the Ushaw bull. Buyer at 1400gns was AA Kerr, Isle of Islay.

Averages: 63 cows £817; 16 heifers in-calf £555; 15 maiden heifers £461 and 13 bull calves £593

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