30 June 2000

Top week for Cumbrian farmer

IT was a busy week for Cumbria farmer Doug Edgar.

The day after he judged the Limousin classes at the Cheshire County Show he saw a cow from his Shire herd head the price list at 2200gns at the summer sale of unhaltered females at Carlisle.

The 1995-bred daughter of the successful bull Shire Handsome was offered with an autumn-born heifer calf at foot. She is the product of several of the herds best breeding lines and is out of a cow by Shire Cyclone whose 500-day weight of 829kg was 197kg above the breed average. Laura stays in Cumbria with buyers G J, M E and D J Hoggarth of Broughton-in-Furness.

Local vendor S J Foster consigned three females to alleviate overstocking in her Briarlea herd and saw Briarlea Olivia knocked down at 1500gns to W A Mowat, Lubster, Caithness. This served heifer is by Ronick Iceman whose breeding carries valuable lines to the noted Broadmeadows Tansy.

To complete the package the heifer had been successfully shown and was AId by the Irish bull Millbrook Lancelot which stood breed champion at last years Royal Show and was a member of the winning Burke Trophy pair.

AId last month to Heros and suckling a spring-born bull calf by Haltcliffe Novel was Haltcliffe Lara, a five-year-old cow by Ronick Hamilton from Matt and Craig Ridley, Hesket Newmarket, Carlisle. She made 1350gns to S Bowe, Wigton, Cumbria.

A consistent breeding cow belied her age and made 1200gns to N W Owen, Corwen, North Wales. The 10-year-old Roughley Fergie, from James Common and Sons Crossdykes herd at Lockerbie, is by Tanhill Brilliant and out of an Oakley dam by Wintershall Jupiter. She had a bull calf at foot by Sarkley Moonlight.

Averages 22 cows served and/or suckling £910, 18 served heifers £848 and 41 maiden heifers £608. (Harrison and Hetherington) &#42