14 March 1996

Young Blue bull Motivator makes top at 6000gns

By Jeremy Hunt

ONE of the youngest bulls in the sale-yard won an army of admirers during the show classes at the British Belgian Blue Cattle Societys fixture at Chelford, Cheshire and went on to make the highest price of 6000gns.

Placed second last Friday by judge Richard Halhead, who owns the Norbreck herd at Lancaster, the blue-and-white Blue Stone Motivator was shown by breeder T Dylan Rees, Crymych, Pembrokeshire.

This November 1995-bred beast is by Opticien dau Chene, Belgiums top sire. His dam is by the influential bull Igenieux du Stordeur. He heads for Muirkit, Ayrshire to work on suckler cows with A Woodburn and Son.

Messrs Woodburn also paid the top female price of 3600gns for the five-year-old cow Canvin Iraina and her seven-month-old bull calf from North Yorks breeder Mrs W Orme.

Although the 34 bulls sold averaged £2333 this was not a vintage Belgian Blue parade.

"Bulls were moving well and freely but there was a shortage of quality in some classes," commented Mr Halhead.

While some exhibitors still present bulls almost "bare-skinned" others – perhaps with an eye on potential suckler herd customers – are leaving more hair on their bulls.

Typical was Greystone Magnum, a powerful black-and-white bull from Messrs Coates, Settle, North Yorkshire.

This Patriote de Clavier son made the second highest price of 4800gns to F G Read and Son, Horncastle, Lincs.

Another eye-catcher was the blue-and-white Almeley Mustard Danish from G L Morgan, Hereford, a bull that complemented shape and style with fluid locomotion – a combination that earned him a 3800gns tag. He was naturally calved and sired by Peel Imperial. Buyers were G &#42 and N M Jones and Son, Builth Wells.

Another bull from the Coates consignment, the Kara du Sartay sired Greystone Mascot, made 3300gns to J C Walker and Son, Clitheroe, Lancs while Michelle Gardners big-ended black and white Ridge Dean Majestic, a Park Daimler son from her herd at Leighton Buzzard, went to R and E Cowperthwaite, Settle, North Yorks at 3000gns.

The supreme championship went to the white maiden heifer Four Oaks Moss by Gribouille de la Bonne Raie from Mr and Mrs R Anstey, Shepton Mallet. She realised 1600gns to P De Roeck, Doncaster.

The 1993-bred white cow Entreprenant Koh I Nor from S Kemp, Canterbury made 3200gns to J Ogden, Lancaster.

Good cross trade

An exceptional trade for the large entry of 141 Belgian Blue cross-bred cattle took bidding to £3600 for a heifer out of a Limousin cow consigned by Andrew Davies, Llandeilo. She stood commercial champion and sold to D Winney, Hereford.

Steers reached £3200 for a 16-month entry from Michelle Gardner taken by S and G Jones, Belper, Derbys.

Averages: 34 bulls £2333; 18 females £1884; 51 commercial steers £786 and 65 commercial heifers £666. (Frank R Marshall and Co)

Maiden heifer Four Oaks Moss stood supreme champion at Chelford.