New record average of £4,495 set for British Blue bulls

Strong demand for British Blue cattle at Chelford led to a new record average for bulls of £4495 and a top price of 7,400gns.

Sale leader was the pre-sale champion Trencom Inferno from the St Ives, Cornwall based Trencom herd of Gail and David Ellis.

Trencom Inferno - Overll Champion - 7400gns

This October 2013 born Blue Roan bull is sired by Ballygrange Dobbie and out of the Mountjoy Utopia sired Auchenlay Erin. He weighed in at just over 1,000kgs and provoked lively bidding from half a dozen or more prospective purchasers, before the gavel fell Brian Griffiths, Penygelly Farm, Newtown, Powys.

It was a fantastic day for the Trencom herd, which also received the day’s second highest bid of 6,700gns for Trencom Jakarta, by Meadowview Blues Fudge and out of the Boston Ambassador sired homebred cow Flick Flack. He stood second in the junior class and caught the eye of HJ Hitchcock, Belper, Derbyshire.

Trencom Jakarta - 6700gns

First place in the junior class went to Dinmore Jetsetter, a Cristal de Somme son out of the Tamhorn Sumo sired Paulern Carol, from Herefordshire based breeders PR and HR Dawes. This May 2014 born bull sold for 5,500gns to J Hall, Longnor, Derbyshire.

Dinmore Jetsetter - 5500gns

Next in the price ratings was Herefordshire breeder Nigel Pritchard, who saw his April 2014 bull Norton Jingo, out of the Ridge Dean Mahogany sired cow Lone Tree Ellie, make 4,300gns when selling to Messrs Cooke, Abergavenny, for their Nantyderi herd.

Females

Topping female trade at 2,900gns was the reserve female champion, the March 2015 born Dragon Blues Kirsty from GW and K Williams, Lampeter, West Wales. By Tweeddale Ebony and out of the Nether Hall Buster sired homebred cow Gweno, she travelled to North Yorkshire with John Stephenson, Bordley Green Farm, Skipton.

The Herefordshire based Almeley herd of GL Morgan saw two Drift Domino sired heifers each make 2,800gns. Both heifers were out of cows sired by Drybarrows Cawdale. The first one, Almeley Jenner, out of the homebred cow Goodlooking, went home to Chelmorton, Derbyshire, with Paul Swindells. Meanwhile the second, this time out of another homebred cow Goldilocks, travelled to Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire, with Messrs Potter.

Averages: 11 bulls, £4,495 and eight females, £2,559.

(Wright Marshall).