British Blue cattle sold to a high of 13,00gns at Border British Blue Club’s annual spring show and sale at Carlisle on Saturday (17 May).
In total 64 bulls averaged £5,106 – up £808 on the year and representing a clearance of 84%.
Top call went to Richard Mowbray, Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, for his 23-month-old Mountjoy Utopia Son Droit Hector, out of the homebred dam Droit Elsa. Hector carries 400-growth rate and carcase profitability figures in the top 5% of the breed. He was knocked down to Page Bros, Lodge Farm, Northamptonshire.
Selling for the next best price of 12,000gns was Tweeddale Hamish from Redhead and Watson, Bowsden, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Hamish won the overall male championship the day previous under judge Robert Neill, Jedburgh. The 26-month-old bull is the first son to be offered for sale by Tweeddale Ebony and out of Tweeddale Enhance, who is the best cow in the Tweeddale herd and won the Junior Championship at RHAS as a heifer.
Buyers were John and Richard Pedley, Barbon, Lancashire.
Third top price of the day at 11,000gns went to Graham Morgan, Tillington, Herefordshire, for his 24-month-odl bull Almeley Hatrick. He is a son of Drybarrows Cawdale who sold for 12,500gns at Carlisle in May 2009. His dam is the homebred cow Almeley Ethel. He was knocked down to DMG Millichap and Partners, Rhondda, Glamorgan.
MT Findlay and Son, Hallington, Newcastle, secured A Woodburn and Son’s reserve overall champion with a bid of 9,500gns. Netherwood Hercules from their farm in Muirkirk, Ayrshire, is a 25-month-old bull by the homebred Netherwood Epic by Dafydd D’Ochain.
The reserve intermediate male champion Tweeddale Hi Tech went under the hammer at the same money. This 24-month-old blue roan son is sired by Dafydd D’Ochain (IS) and is out of Tweeddale Fussy. Purchaser was DC Rees and Son, Brecon, Powys.
Back with the Almeley herd and securing a bid of 9,000gns was Almeley Handyman, again by Drybarrows Cawdale and out of Bonerbo Buttercup ET. Handyman stood third in his class and was purchased by A Neachell and Son, Walsall, West Midlands to join their Cromwell Herd.
Also hitting the high spot at 8,500gns was the Nether Hall Buster son and fourth prize winning junior bull, Dragon Blues Hotman, shown by Geraint and Kim Williams, Llanwnnen, Lampeter. This eye-catching 21-month-old bull, out of Dragon Blues Daisy, sold to M Read, Horncastle, Lincolnshire.
Messrs R and M Paterson of the Auchenlay herd based in Dunblane took the next leading price at 8,200gns with their homebred bull Auchenlay Hunter. He is a son from the Mountjoy Utopia (SR) and Auchenlay Vanilla flush and stood first in his class. Hunter is full brother to Auchenlay Echo, who sold to Cogent and has growth figures in the top 5% of the breed. He was bought by JA Wood and Sons, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
The leading female price went to Redhead and Watson’s Tweeddale Izzy by Mountjoy Utopia (SR) and out of Tweeddale Eureka ET. Izzy stood second in her class and was purchased for 4,600gns by R Alun Elias, Hendre Cennin Isaf, Garndolbenmaen. Izzy boasts calving figures in the top 15% of the breed and 400-day growth in the top 10%.
Kevin Watret, Northfield Park, Annan took his single entry into the ring and was bid to 4,300gns for Solway View Izzy ET a six-mobth-old heifer calf by Colos Van Daisel (IS) and out of his top show winning cow Broomfield Vivien. She sold with her recipient dam and was purchased by IS Sinclair, Lybster, Caithness.
Averages: 19 senior bulls, £4,841; 27 intermediate bulls, £5,094.40; 18 junior bulls, £5,404.50; 64 bulls overall, £5,106.40; 26 maiden heifers, £2,487.60; one recipient and suckling calf, £4,515.