After the many changes due to bluetongue restrictions, the British Blue Society returned to its long-time home at Chelford last Saturday for the annual Autumn show and sale.
The high of the sale was the 9000gns top price paid for the October 2006 born heifer, Gregmaur Brandy, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire based Derek and Maureen Gregory.
The reserve female champion heifer, by imported sire Gib Van Het Negenbond and out of the Hazelwood Freshman sired Gregmaur Petra, a natural calving line and of high health status. She had attracted many admiring glances at the previous days show and several top breeders competed openly at sale time, before auctioneer, Gwyn Williams knocked her down to an undisclosed buyer.
Second prize May 2006 born Cwm Betsan, from Arwel Wyn Owen, Anglesey sold for the second highest female price of 4500gns. This Radar Van Terbeck daughter, out of Oxcroft Kimono, is an almost black heifer, again of high health status and went to Worcester-based new breeder Andrew Bishop.
The female and overall champion was Court Ursula, from Annan-based Kevin Watret. By Vigoureux De St Fontaine and out of the Galopeur sired Ballyfin Rachel, she was sold in calf to Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur for 4000gns to Adam Neachell, Staffordshire, for his Cromwell Herd.
Demand for bulls was mixed, with quality being highly sought after. The leading price of 5400gns was for Woodlands Chitty Chitty Bang Bang from Nicola Beardsley, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
This Netherwood Umpire son, out of Boston Favorette, has won shows all over the Midlands this summer and travelled home to Oxwich, on the Gower Coast near Swansea, with Messrs E J Smith and Sons
Dylan Rees, Crymych, Pembrokeshire, often brings a good pen of bulls to Chelford and his leading price of 3700gns was paid for Blue Stone Bomber, a Dafydd D’Ochain son out of the Baron Du Bois Bauloye bred, Blue Stone Wendy, which knocked down to David Ellis, Cornwall.
His other bull, Blue Stone Bullseye, this time sired by Mountjoy Utopia out of Balto sired Blue Stone Viza, made 3700gns to Messrs Corlett, Cockermouth, Cumbria.
Of the younger bulls, Messrs Newell, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, sold their May ’07 born Wereham Cadfael, by the Express Du Cortil Gayot sired Holley Meadow Ulric, out of another Ridge Dean Mahogany cow, Filkins Urmintrude, for 3300 gns, to Richard Carter, Gloucestershire, for his Twyning Ash herd.
Regular supporters of this event, John and Denise Davies, Rugby, consigned a cracking pair of show cattle and local showman and cattle finisher, Richard Whitfield, beat off strong competition to buy the steer, sired by Visconti de St Fontaine, at £1900.
Respected showman and cattle judge, David Hancock, Elton, Cheshire, awarded champion honours to Nicola Beardsley, with a steer from her Woodlands Herd. P Allen made the long journey from Melton Mowbray looking for a Christmas Show winner and snapped it up for £1550.
Averages: Bulls £2866.11; cows and calves £3150; heifers £2566; crossbred steers £960; crossbred heifers £980 (Frank Marshall).