15 October 1999

Paragon Blonde bull is Carlisle top at 3800gns

by Jeremy Hunt

THE Paragon Blonde dAquitaine herd may only number three cows but size proved to be no handicap when the bull Paragon Olympus not only took the reserve supreme title but also achieved the top price of 3900gns at the breed societys autumn fixture at Carlisle.

Owners Stuart Mullan and Will Christie, who run Paragon ET at Hexham Northumberland, started the herd as a hobby five years ago. Olympus is by Everest, a bull imported from France by the Blonde dAquitaine Breeders Society.

"Weve used him a great deal and hes leaving progeny with excellent temperament, good legs and feet and plenty of length," said Mr Mullan. The June 1998-born Olympus weighed 744kg on the day; his dam is a Ramo daughter bred from the famous Ganaway female line from Northern Ireland.

Olympus had a Beef Value of 27 putting him in the top 5% of the breed but a full brother, Paragon Outlaw, showed even more impressive figures. His Beef Value of 33 is among the breeds highest and rates him number one on the official listing of promising young bulls.

Olympus was bought for use on commercial sucklers by R W and K Telford, Alnwick, Northumberland. Outlaw realised 2800gns to R M S Livestock, Leyburn, North Yorks.

Messrs Telford also gave 3200gns for Totteridge Oliver, one of the youngest bulls on parade at just a year old. From breed stalwart Eric Stubbs herd on the London outskirts hes by Artington Justice and out of a daughter of Abricot, one of the most influential breed sires of all time. His youthful promise impressed judge Mr Tom Gillespie (Kirkudbright) who pulled him out to take the supreme ticket.

More Abricot influence came with Mike Harrisons bull Shapfell Onechop bred on his farm in Wet Sleddale near Shap. He is by the Abricot son Wilodge Fremenco and out of one of the herds best brood cows bought from the Sornfallow herd. Buyers at 3800gns were Scottish borders farmers Messrs Scott, Jedburgh.

Wiltshire breeder David Knight sold a bull from his Doncombe herd at 3100gns and P de Giles from Ashford, Kent realised 3000gns for an Everest bull that took the senior male championship.

The Paragon partnership had been keeping a close eye this summer on Darlington breeder Alan Halls heifer Hallmark Opal. "Weve been showing against her all season so we knew her form. Shes a very good heifer", said Mr Mullan. And she was good enough to deserve a successful bid of 2300gns to Messrs Mullan and Christie. Opal, by Hadley Esquire, will now be flushed.

Averages: 16 bulls £2168 and six females £1085. (Harrison and Hetherington).