13 November 1998

Quicks score double top at Carlisles Blonde show

By Jeremy Hunt

ON ONE of their regular forays north, West Country stockbreeders Bill Quick and Sons walked away with two show titles at the Blonde dAquitaine Societys autumn fixture at Carlisle last week.

In charge of the team were Andrew and Mark Quick who piloted Loosebeare Nigel to take the reserve supreme championship while Loosebeare Neptune stood junior champion.

The family runs its 40-cow herd of Blonde dAquitaines at Crediton, Devon alongside pedigree Limousin, Texel and Rouge de LOuest. Both the Carlisle winners were by Loosebeare Nigel. "We dont have the bull anymore but hes bred from one of the herds best families," said Andrew Quick.

The May 1997-bred Loosebeare Nigel, which weighed 802kg on the day, was out of a cow by Toro and made 1700gns to J Thompson, Bishop Auckland. Loosebeare Neptune, tracing back to the great Abricot on his dams side, made 1300gns to J and K Metcalf, Richmond, North Yorks.

One of the senior bulls to make an early appearance in the show classes looked a strong contender for the overall title as soon as he came in front of judge Mr Graham Simms of the Cheshire-based Simbo Limousin herd.

The deep-red coated Ballygowan Noble was considered one of the best Blonde dAquitaine bulls to have graced this ring for many years. "A very impressive bull by any standards. A powerful young sire with outstanding shape and conformation and excellent fleshing," said Mr Simms.

From the Co Down-based Madden herd owned by Alistair Graham, Noble was bred by fellow Northern Ireland breeder R J Gibson. "I bought him as a 10-month-old calf. Even then he had great fleshing and growth and hes certainly fulfilled his potential," said Mr Graham.

Noble, which took the supreme championship, is by Ballygrainey Jack, a son of successful sire Whistley Dollar and traces back to Bromfield Taurus on the female side. Buyers, at 4000gns, were father-and-son team Peter and James Weightman who run the Hallfield herd at Peterlee, Co Durham.

"Weve decided to try a stock bull instead of using AI and this bull is certainly as good as anything Ive seen here for some time," said Mr Weightman.

AVERAGES: 22 bulls £1658; seven cows £658, one served heifers £525 and 15 maiden heifers £670. (Harrison and Hetherington) &#42