Blue bull matches record

A bull from North Wales breeder Geraint Williams matched the breed record of 21,000gns at the Belgian Blue Cattle Society’s Carlisle fixture last weekend.

Intermediate champion Henlli Wishmaster is by Baron Du Bois Bauloye and out of a Bringlee dam by Elite de l’Orgelot.

He stood junior and overall male champion at the Royal Welsh Show at just 10-months-old.

Wishmaster goes back to Wales with Sion and Rhys Jenkins of the Penfro herd at Crymych, Pembrokeshire.

Belgian Blue Group president Michel Vincent judged the show classes and gave the male and overall supreme ticket to Springfield Wedgewood from Allan and Deidre Wilkinson of Out Rawcliffe, Lancashire.

He is by Nounours de Wihogne and out of a cow who is a daughter of the herd’s show and brood cow Ovatie van de Wolvendree.

He was unsold in the ring, but was later purchased by European breeding company The Belgian Blue Group.

Subject to export tests, he is bound for Belgium, believed to be the first ever live Belgian Blue export from the UK.

A 9500gns call secured Almeley Wellington.

Consigned by Graham Morgan this black and white bull is the first son of Park U Panda to be offered and helped lift the Almeley average to £4935 for five bulls.

Annanwater Wiseguy, a blue and white entry from Brian and Andy Ryder’s herd at Moffat, Dumfriesshire, was taken by Carlisle buyers M & J Fell at 8800gns.

Four Annanwater bulls averaged £4436.

T Allan Jackson of Biggar earned 8000gns for his Headlind Winter Flash, an ET-bred son of Nounours de Wihogne out of a flush from Springfield Tinga.

He stood second at the Royal Highland last year and goes to the Harvey family of Norfolk.

Heading the junior bulls at 7000gns was North Yorkshire breeder Stephen Potter’s Brookfield Amos.

This dark blue son of Philipper de Remichampagne goes to Miss C Raine, Middleton-in-Teesdale.

The four Brookfield bulls averaged £4305.

Females reached 5200gns for Lukeroyal Tara who stood supreme champion for Mel and Diane Lucas of Northern Ireland.

This 2001-bred cow is in-calf to Twyning Ash Vaughan after a successful single flush. Buyers were J Innes & Sons, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

Averages: 94 bulls £4100 (+1029 on the year), 17 un-served heifers £2699, nine cows £2811, two in-calf heifers £3767 and two recipients with FOT calves £3937.

(Harrison & Hetherington)

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