Bids for Belgian Blue bulls create buzz

12 March 1999

Bids for Belgian Blue bulls create buzz

BELGIAN Blue breeders could have sold many more bulls at the societys Chelford sale last Saturday where a scorching trade lifted the average by almost £700 to level 15 sires at £2205.

But it was a cross-bred commercial heifer that made the top price of £3800.

Society secretary John Fleming said: "There was a buzz around the packed sale ring that we have not seen for many years and several prospective purchasers went home disappointed. The commercial trade was a flyer."

Bulls from leading breeder Michele Wildes herd at Leighton Buzzard, commanded intense interest from buyers and drew two of the days highest bids.

Ridge Dean Oz, a naturally born white bull, is by the Park Daimler son Ridge Dean Kurt and was bought by Miss J Williamson, Kingussie, Invernesshire for the top price of 3200gns. And Ridge Dean Optical, by Savant de Pierrecome, realised 2900gns to G White and Sons, Alford, Cheshire.

Lancs hill farmer and Swaledale sheep breeder Tom Robinson judged the classes and awarded the bull title and reserve overall championship to Woodlands Orbit, a son of Baloe Van Terbeck from M and N Beardsleys herd at Belper, Derbys. He made 2800gns to &#42 S Davies, Hawick.

Two good bulls from the Godden familys consignment sold well. Bassibones Otis made 2500gns to D Coville, Ramsgill, North Yorks and Bassibones Orion sold to Mattinson and Sons, Heads Nook, Carlisle at 2400gns. Both bulls were by Bassibones Lionel.

Also at 2400gns was Chancellors Otto, a son of Jules from Somerset breeders D R Walwin and Son. Buyer was J Holmes, Newport, Shropshire.

Winning the overall championship and making 2200gns was Brookfield Opal, a powerful April 1997-bred heifer by Classique de St Lambert from Stephen Potters herd at Thirsk, North Yorks. Buyer was A Duncan, Old Meldrum, Inverurie.

And Miss Wilde tapped into the good female trade with her black-and-white heifer Ridge Dean Piper, a daughter of Hazelwood Jake and out of one of the herds most successful show cows. She made 2050gns to T P Galligan, Romiley.

And a bid of 2000gns came for Ridge Dean Okay, a blue-roan heifer by Ridge Dean Kurt. She goes to mid-Wales with I Evans and Son, Machynlleth.

The sale produced a fast trade for Belgian Blue-bred commercial cattle and it was a heifer by a Limousin out of a Belgian Blue dam that won the cross-bred title. She was consigned by Andrew Davies, Llandeilo and made £3800 – a sale record price for a cross-bred. Buyer was Mr Willliams, Sennybridge.

Averages: 15 bulls £2205; 12 females £1416; 80 cross-bred steers £699 and 70 cross-bred heifers £586. (Frank R Marshall and Co) &#42

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