British Belgian Blue sale average jumps by £500
By Jeremy Hunt
DETERMINED buyers put £500 on last years average at the British Belgian Blue Cattle Societys autumn sale at Chelford, Cheshire, last weekend pushing prices to 2700gns and levelling 24 bulls at £1973.
This is the only breed society to offer commercial cattle alongside pedigree entries drawing finishers looking for potential primestock show winners.
Their enthusiasm lifted the commercial trade to a peak of £1500 (twice) with 46 steers averaging £665 (up £87), and 68 heifers to average £571 (up £98).
The Park herd once again paraded the most popular bull to breeders looking for a new stock sire. Park Oakley, a two-year-old son of Nether Meteor, was consigned by JO Adams (Northampton) and bought by Jane Wyllie for her Tamhorn herd in Staffs for 2700gns.
Biding had reached 2500gns for another Park consignment. Park Oats, by Fanfaron du Grand Faimes, was claimed by commercial beef producers E Morten and Sons, Buxton, Derbys.
Mrs Wyllie made it a hat-trick of leading prices for Park bulls when she gave 2100gns for the Fanfaron son Park Popular.
Cheshire breeder and exhibitor Jim Barber found himself in the centre of the ring and selected Derbys breeders Mr and Mrs N Beardsleys Woodlands Pride as supreme champion. The bull remains unsold.
Mr Barber was in contention for the last bull of the day when bidding for Cheshire breeder T Okells Birdswood Panda kicked off at cracking pace. He is by Mr Barbers hugely-muscled show winner Alambic and eventually made 2400gns.
The female title went to the white cow Leopold Monody from Swindon breeders M and R Pearce. Another good sort by Park Daimler, she was sold with her heifer calf at foot (by Express du Cortil Gayot) and made the top female price of 2200gns. Buyer was RM Huffer, Ludlow. The 11 females averaged £1293.
Somerset vendors Mr and Mrs M Alford of Taunton did the double achieving top prices in both the commercial steer and heifer sections. They collected the championship with a 13-month-old Limousin x Belgian Blue steer which made £1500 to judge Andrew Phillips of Milton Keynes. Their heifer entry made the same price to Matt Tomlinson, Kilburn, North Yorks. (Frank R Marshall and Co) *