Charolais bull sales with strength
CHAROLAIS breeders enjoyed their best sale at Carlisle for many years when a strong trade for bulls at the breed societys main spring fixture pushed prices to 10,000gns.
This was a day when the average for 95 cattle, at £2760, was up £307 on the year.
Northern Ireland breeder Kenny Veitch achieved the top price of 10,000gns for Drumlone Messenger.
A son of Simpsons Gregg, bought at Perth for 13,000gns and out of an Impeccable cow, he was claimed by Dick Garner and Sons, Northallerton, North Yorks.
It was also an unforgettable day for Mervyn and Chris Parker and their son Tim with offspring of Maerdy Hamburg, their stock bull bought at Perth in 1994 for 22,000gns.
He sired Bassingbourn Meteor, reserve supreme champion, bought by Prestonhall Farming Co, Midlothian at 7100gns.
The Parkers, who run 50 pedigree cows near Cambridge, also sold Bassingbourn Northcliffe, a Guthrie Dazzler son, at 6800gns to J F Sutton, Kendal.
"Its been a memorable day after a long time in the breed and a great tonic for the Charolais," said Mrs Parker.
The supreme champion, Derrygiff Mills from Kenny Brady, Enniskillen was withdrawn at 8500gns and sold later for an undisclosed sum to Gilbert Crawford, Co Londonderry.
Other leading prices included 5600gns paid by W Lodge and Sons, Durham for Newcastle breeder Alan Lawsons Alsnow Minstrel, a Blanerne Fearless son. Also heading for Durham was Michael Cleasbys (Penrith) Morris of Cleaden, a Brampton Boyo sired entry taken at 5200gns by J W Dent and Sons.
AVERAGES: 28 senior bulls £2275; 37 intermediate bulls £3085; and 30 junior bulls £2822. (Harrison and Hetherington).
• Kenny Veitch started the week off well when twin bulls by Oldstone Egbert from his Drumlone herd made leading prices of 3700gns (supreme champion) and 3500gns at the Northern Ireland breed clubs sale at Portadown. Senior champion from Robert Brysons Rockmount herd made 3550gns. (Automart)