15 October 1999

Older A-As at 2100gns each

AGE was no barrier to breeders bidding for Aberdeen-Angus females at Borderway Mart last week.

Two eight-year-old cows from the reduction of Notts-based DCMoss &Sons Curzon herd sold at 2100gns apiece, but it was a heifer and calf that led the trade at 2200gns.

That was called by Mrs B Needham, Barnard Castle, Co Durham, for the heifer Curzon Ebonnie. Sired by Prince Charlie of Newfield, a bull bought by the Moss family at Perth in 1995 for 5000gns, she was sold with a heifer calf at foot by the Royal Added Value son Evor V81 of Blelack and was in-calf to him again.

Mrs Needham tapped in to more of the same family with a 2100gns bid for a 1991-bred Ebonnie by Heath House Oscar. This cow, sold suckling a heifer calf by the Blelack sire.

The other senior cow at 2100gns was Curzon Proud Gema, a good sort by the successful bull Sunset Acres Bang. She also had a heifer calf by the Blelack bull – whose progeny were widely admired at the sale – and was bought by Mr Ropner, Northleach, Glos.

Five herds in total penned cattle alongside the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Societys autumn sale entries. The Rowantree herd of Dumfriesshire breeders John Harvie and Son sold their 1994-bred cow Fairoaks Evas Honey at 1600gns with a heifer calf at foot.

Alastair Grant came down from Forres in Morayshire to judge the breed society classes and awarded the championship to Ayrshire herd owners A M and L R Stewarts bull Mister Border 2nd of Ladeside. He made 2000gns to R Henderson, Stocksfield, Northumberland.

(Harrison and Hetherington.)