British Blondes led a firm trade at Borderway’s beef multi-breed show and sale on Friday (26 February), with the top three prices for the breed coming from the Hallfield herd.
Topping the trade at 7,000gns was Hallfield Jody, an April 2014-born son of Blackwater Ainsley from P Weightman and Sons, Easington, County Durham. The overall male and supreme champion junior male was out of Hallfield Flamingo knocked down to A J Stott, Canonbie, Dumfries.
Next best for P Weightman at 5,100gns was Hallfield Jakob selling to P T Gore, Ford, Shropshire on a day which saw buyers coming as far as the Shetland Isles supporting averages of £3,908 for bulls, £359 up on the year.
Further success came in the form of Hallfield Jet, a March 2014 born son of Ardmore Fugitive out of Hallfield Edwina which knocked down to W A M Hall, Kirkcolm, Stranraer for 4,000gns.
Next best at 3,500gns was Everingham Jolly, from N T Barratt, Everingham, York. This Budore Donald son was from Hilltop Dolly, a top price female at the Blonde Babe Sale in March 2009, was snapped up by RJ and DA Emms and Son, Kingskettle, Fife.
“Averages were dearer than last year,” auctioneer James Little told Farmers Weekly. He was “pleasantly surprised” by early spring trade despite slow Single Farm Payments.
“The Hallfield herd is one of the leading herds in the Blonde Society with quite a following and can usually be found at the top end of the market,” he added.
Shorthorn trade topped at 4,500gns for October 2013 born Hallsford Grenade from locals A N and H S Tomkins, Haggbeck, Carlisle. This Dunsyre Cavalier son from Hallsford Carnation Briar caught the eye of J Hepburn and Co, Hawick, Roxburghshire.
Next at 4,000gns was Lagas Hector from Laga Farms, Orkney, to the Nun Appleton Estate, Yorkshire. This March 2014 born son of Chapelton Adonis rated +4.7 for calving ease direct and +33 for 400 day weight.
Whitebred Shorthorn and Galloway
Whitebred Shorthorns were up on the year, topping at 4,000gns for Parton Goodyear to J W Redaway and Son, Sampford, Devon from J W Hewson, Carlisle. This December 2013 born sire was by Parton Promotion and from Parton Penelope as bulls averaged £2,311, £127 up on the year.
Galloways peaked at 2,800gns for Westacres Jack, a May 2014 born son of Grange Mozart by AI out of West Acres May from C C and M Noble, Kirklinton, Carlisle, knocked down to M A Welters, Roweltown, Carlisle as seven bulls levelled at £1582.50.
The best of two Herefords made 3,000gns from C S Fletcher, Appleby in Westmorland, to I Newton and Son, Howden Le Wear, County Durham. Barwise Lodestone was out of Barwise 1 Graceful G2 by AI from the Australian Yalgoo Boulder Z250.
(Harrison and Hetherington)