Ironman top pick at British Blue sale

British Blue bulls sold to 16,000gns at the society’s annual spring show and sale at Carlisle on the weekend (16 May).

Overall three bulls sold broke the five-figure barrier, with 71 bulls achieving a clearance rate of 92% and selling to an average of £5,729.

Sale leader was the senior male champion and reserve overall male Gass Iron Man from Andrew Kay, from Maybole, Ayrshire. Sired by Solway View Firecracker he is out of the Katanga Du Pre Rosine daughter Gass Cindy. He was knocked down to V and G Bowring, Mansfield, Notts.

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Next best at 14,000gns was Tweedale Ironman from Redhead and Watson, Bowsden, Berwick-Upon-Tweed. He is a son of their homebred bull Tweeddale Fireman and out of Tweeddale Fee who is a sister to the noted Tweeddale Ebony. He sold to RJ Tip lady, Richmond, N Yorkshire for use in his Tipladys Herd.

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The third and final bull to sell for more than 10,000gns was the third prize-winning Wareham’s Ironman from Jason and Sarah Wareham, Heathfield, East Sussex. By Argan De L’ecluse he is out of the Penndel Valley daughter Warehams Florence. He found a new home with DR Owen and Son, Tywyn, Gwynedd.

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Next in the price ratings was the fourth-prize junior bull Homilton Iceman, from Roly Carr, Capheaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne. By Bringlee Carlos he is out of Ridge Dean Rita. He also headed to Wales with AHJ Jones and Son, Talgarth, Powys, for 10,000gns.

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Just shy of this at 9,500gns was the junior male champion and overall supreme winner Littlederry Icon, from Graham Morgan, Tillington, Herefordshire. By Ballygrange Dalton he is out of Littlederry Dusty and was bred by Simon Loughery. Buyer was L and E Fowlie, Alford, Aberdeenshire.

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At the same money was the first prize-winner Luce Water Isaac, exhibited by Ben Haigh, Low Gate, Hexham. By Giga Du Bois De Remont he is out of Bringlee Sandy and sold to Crow Hall Farms, Hexham, Northumberland.

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Preston Farms, Kirkcolm, Stranraer, paid 8,500gns for Almeley Invincible.  This 25-month-old bull is by Graham Morgan’s stock bull Drybarrows Cawdale and is out of the homebred cow Almeley Dipsy.

The same bid secured JR and A Blades, Richmond, the reserve junior male champion Springhill Icon from Martin Bros, Newtownards, Co. Down. This 23-month-old is by Imperial De L’Ecluse (IS) and out of the homebred cow Springhill Cathy.

Females

The leading female price of 6,500gns went to the Warehams Herd with Tamhorn Eden, bred by Danny and Jane Wyllie.  Eden is by the noted Ballygrange Alex and Gregmaur Brandy.  She sold with her heifer calf at foot by Warehams Jammie Dodger.  This unit was keenly bid for and joined the herd of GA Jones, Nazareth, Caernarfon.

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Averages: 30 senior bulls, £5,929; 41 junior bulls, £5,582.93; 71 bulls overall, £5729’ 15 maiden heifers, £2,968; three heifers, £3920.

(Harrison and Hetherington).