26 March 1999

Good weather hits bull buying

GOOD weather and the chance to clear the backlog of landwork took priority over bull buying at Carlisle last week.

"There was a window in the weather and it probably kept some prospective buyers at home," said Charolais Cattle Society chief executive David Benson after the societys show and sale.

But the best on offer still commanded a good trade with prices peaking at 6000gns and 25 bulls averaging £2139 – up £465.

Leading bid came from the Coates family at Braida Garth, Carnforth, Lancs, to secure a good-ended bull from the new partnership of Hackleton Farms, Northants.

Lendor Nokkowt, bred by Lendor Charolais, will be used on suckler cows and in the Coates small pedigree herd. He is by the Maerdy Director son Lowesby Gladiator and had a 400-day weight of 649kg.

Co Antrim breeder John Currie sold his first prize winner Tullygarley Nissan at 4000gns to Messrs Terry and Houghton, Gravesend, Kent. His sire, Bassett Judge, was also responsible for the days supreme champion Tullygarley Newhouse. The champion was unsold in the ring but a private deal later clinched him for well known Orkney buyer Ronnie Sabiston.

Local breeder Dick Clarkes Mossermains Notorious, by Cargriff Jeeves, made 3100gns to C Addison and Co, Ellon, Aberdeenshire while a 2600gns call from Glasgow buyer A W McArthur secured Huntershield Northumbrian, an Allanfauld Vagabond son from J R Mews, Hexham. &#42