Vimto is buyers choice

A pale-coated bull from Cumbria breeder Mike Harrison collected the reserve junior championship and the highest price of 3800gns at the British Blonde d’Aquitaine Society’s show and sale at Carlisle.

Taking his award under judge Neil Sutherland of Biggar, the 15-month-old Shapfell Vimto topped 900kg on the day.

He’s by Megray Senator, a bull bought for 3000gns in the same ring three years ago after he’d taken the supreme title.

“Senator has bred extremely well for us.

This young bull is out of a good Stocksfield cow but, as well as working in the pedigree herd, Senator has also done a great job on our commercial sucklers,” said Mr Harrison.

Vimto, who has run with Mr Harrison’s herd on the Shap Fells near Penrith, heads for Biggar to work on pedigree cows in Jim Frame’s Gala herd.

The Quick family from Crediton, Devon, have long been making the trek north to Carlisle with pedigree bulls and their strong following around the ringside earned them 3700gns for Quicks Vincent.

Largely Loosebeare-bred (the family’s other herd prefix) he is by Loosebeare Robert and out of a dam by Connington Indigo. Buyer was Mark Wheeler of Stonehouse, Glos.

A bull that has already proved his worth with a 7000gns son sold through the Perth ring came up trumps for Peter Weightman and family, when their Hallfield Vinny walked away with the championship.

From the Weightmans’ herd in Co Durham, Vinny is by Ballygowan Noble and out of a French-bred cow by Van. He had a 400-dayweight of 526kg and was bought in a two-way split between Hexham breeders W H Davison & Sons and T Dinning.

The reserve male ticket went to Hillhead Valmet from Hillhead Blondes, Co Down. This son of the French sire Palace traces back to the famous cow Hilantie on his dam’s side.

He realised 3200gns to J Craig of Londonderry.

Bristol breeder David Knight is regularly among the ribbons and this time it was the turn of Doncombe Vienetta.

A maiden heifer by the successful sire Druk Lance, she had a beef value of 13 and made 2600gns to Miss T Allison, Holt, Norfolk.

Averages: Six senior bulls 2432, 15 junior bulls 2520 and seven females 1432.

(Harrison & Hetherington)