British Blue bulls sold to a top 6,900gns at Skipton Auction Mart last week (30 April).
Leading the day’s prices was the 27-month-old Oak Tree Humpty, from John and Richard Pedley, Barbon, Carnforth. Humpty was placed first in the intermediate bull class.
He is sired by Empire D’Ochain and is out of a home-bred cow by Harley Du Chateau Lebrun. He joined Lincolnshire buyer John (Roland) Appleby and will be put to work on his commercial beef herd.
Next best with a bid of 4,100gns was the May 2012 born bull Towngate Herbire, from Tim and Lisa Metcalfe’s Towngate herd at Clayton, Bradford. By the prolific Brennand Emperor, he is out of the Dafydd D’Ochain daughter, Nether Hall Anne. The hammer fell to G and R Booth, of New Mill, Huddersfield.
A bid of 3,700gns secured D and R Sandham, Calton, Yeadon, the November 2012-born Dragon Blues Champ son Brennand Hawk, from the Walker family, Dunsop Bridge. He won the reserve supreme champion ticket in the pre-sale show and is out of the Colibri Du Coin-sired cow Brennand Cindy.
At the same money was the June, 2012-born bull, Littlebank Harry from Richard Maudsley, of the Littlebank herd in Rathmell. He is another son of Empire D’Ochain, out of the home-bred Littlebank Diva. The buyers were D and S Hollings, Pecket Well, Hebden Bridge.
Just shy of this with a bod of 3,500gns was Taitlands Hercules from Martin Sharp’s Taitlands British Blue herd in Stainforth. By the AI sire Boothlow Dynamo, he went home with P and RM Sutcliffe, Queensbury.
The day’s champion Clifftown Horatio, sired by Tamhorn Formidable and out of the Ballygrange Alex daughter Tamhorn Duchess, made 3,300gns when selling to Mac Townsend, Laneshawbridge.
He was exhibited by Dylan Townend, who runs the Clifftown pedigree herd Broughton, near Malton.