Taking Stock: Scorching trade at Carlisle’s pedigree beef sale

It wasn’t only the weather that reached scorching highs on 26 May, but so too did prices at the pedigree beef sale at Carlisle with Angus bulls selling to 16,000gns and Beef Shorthorn to 8,500gns.

Top price of the day, which saw Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Salers, South Devon and Hereford stock on offer came from the dispersal of the autumn-calving portion of the Blelack Aberdeen Angus herd on behalf of Neil Massie and Sons, Aberdeenshire.

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Blelack dispersal

Top price in the Blelack sale at 16,000gns was 2012-born female Blelack Toplass M847 by Blelack Equity J127 and out of Blelack Toplass F552. She headed home with RJ and D Loftus of the Weeton herd, Preston Lancashire.

Blelack Toplass

Sale leader at 16,000gns from the Blelack herd dispersal on behalf of Neil Massie and Sons was Blelack Toplass © Robert Smith

They also went on to secure Blelack Pride N114 by Carrington Park Time on B7 out of Blelack Pristine K536 for 10,000gns.

Selling at 8,000gns to S and S Medley of the Saville herd was Blelack Lylie N204 by Blelack Equity J127 out of Blelack Kutie L663.

The same price was paid for Blelack Top Lass P423 by Hallington Principal M367 and out of Blelack Toplass M847 selling to CW Foster, Manorfield herd, North Yorkshire.


Leading Angus trade at 12,000gns was the reserve overall and junior male champion Gretnahouse Jack Eric R832 from Alasdair Houston’s Gretnahouse Herd, Dumfriessshire. Sired by Haymount Precursor M255 and out of Blelack Jury Erica K395 he headed home with Messrs Stewart, Little Balquhomrie, Leslie.

Gretnahouse Jack Eric R832

12,000gns Angus Gretnahouse Jack Eric R832 from Alasdair Houston, Dumfriessshire © Robert Smith

Reserve junior champion and next in the money at 7,000gns was Blelack Topclass R626 from Neil Massie and Sons of the Blelack herd. Sired by Warrenho Emperor M425 and out of Blelack Toplass M847, the female who sold for 16,000gns in the dispersal headed home with GD Herdman, Alnwick.

Also at 7,000gns was Oak Moor Lord Ivanho R265 from MV Guttery, Haxby, Yorkshire.

Oak Moor Lord Ivanho R265

Reaching 7,000gns was Oak Moor Lord Ivanho R265 from MV Guttery, Haxby, Yorkshire © Robert Smith

Described as being a strong bull and by Duncasnziemere Edwin J311 and out of Oak Moor Lady Issie J029 he headed home with Dustall Estate, Staffordshire.

In the female category, the day’s champion was Duncanziemere Edwina S193 from A Clark and Sons. Sired by Rawburn Jester Eric J034 and out of Duncanziemere Edwina M017 she sold for 3,000gns to Rand Contracting, Royston.

Beef Shorthorn

Beef Shorthorn achieved two new centre breed records in Carlisle on 26 May at the breed society’s spring sale, when bulls sold to 8,500gns and females 6,500gns with 100% female clearance.

Sale leader at 8,500gns was Gilven Journey TI+23, SRI+19, a rising two-year-old roan within the breed’s top 15%.

Gilven Journey

Hitting 8,500gns was Beef Shorthorn Gilven Journey from RS and G Johnson, Huby, York © Robert Smith

Sired by Cavans Bourbon and out of an EX90 Bilsdale bred dam he was bred and exhibited by RS and G Johnson, Huby, York. He sold to S and J Hodgson, Bradford, West Yorkshire along with four female entries.

The day’s second highest call of 7,500gns was made by D Nesbitt, Seascale, Cumbria, for the male and overall champion, Millerston Juggernaut TI +22, SRI +21, a 21-month-old dark roan within the breed’s top 15%.

Bred and exhibited by Jack P Ramsay, Mauchline, Ayrshire, he was by Meonhill Charlie Chaplin and out of a home-bred dam.

Mr Nesbitt went on to secure Oakleigh Justright, the leading female at 6,500gns from P Turnbull, Whitby, North Yorkshire.

A two-year-old roan in calf to Chapelton Bonanza, she was by Blelack Masterpiece and out of an Endeavour-bred dam.

Next at 6,200gns was the reserve male champion, Burnside Jack The Lad TI +20, SRI +16, a 17-month-old red and white by the 6,000gns Chapelton Yardley.

Bred and exhibited by W and J McAllister, Ballymena, County Antrim, he went to ME and TD Tailford, Riding Mill, Northumberland.

Headlind Jive TI+21, SRI+18, a 20-month-old red roan by Rothesay Eildon from T Allan Jackson, Headlind Partners, Lanark made 6,000gns to F Cook and Sons, Sliddery, Isle of Arran.

Other breeds

Hereford bulls topped at 3,000gns for G and MC Shepherd’s Moorside 1 No Limits. This bull, described as having plenty of length, is in the top 10% for direct calving ease and top 5% for eye muscle. By

This bull, described as having plenty of length, is in the top 10% for direct calving ease and top 5% for eye muscle. By Morrside 1 Kingston and out of Romany 1 Jane A51 he sold to S Henshaw, Haygarth, Hill Road, Dunnington, York.

Moorside 1 No Limits

At 3,000gns was Hereford Moorside 1 No Limits from G and MC Shepherd © Robert Smith

Salers reached 3,500gns for Rednock Estate’s Rigel Klaxon Poll, who is by Rigel Munro Poll and out of Rigel Overture. He sold to J McTurk (Mackilston), Mackilston Dalry, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire

Averages: Blelack 19 cows and heifers in calf, £6,128.68; Angus: 54 bulls, £4,153.33; three served or maiden heifers, £2,240; 10 South Devon heifers, £1,317.75; one Salers bull, £3,675; two Whitebred Shorthorn bulls, £1,102.50; Beef Shorthorn 16 bulls, £4,469.06; 11 served heifers ,£2,973.41; 29 maiden heifers, £1,583.68; one cow served and/or suckling, £2,152.50.

Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington