Big crowd but cautious trade at Carlisle sale
BIDDING failed to get into top gear at the Aberdeen Angus Societys show and sale at Carlisle. Despite a big crowd the trade was cautious although females ignored by pedigree buyers provided some good bargains for commercial suckler herds.
The top price came within the first few minutes of the sale when J Tinning of Longtown, Carlisle paid 2100gns for Curzon Ensign. This January 1999-bred son of Evor of Blelack was consigned by D C Moss and Son from their herd at Gotham, Notts. Ensign collected the championship under judge Ian Neish from Forfar.
A call of 1500gns came for the reserve champion Ladeside Erin, a Netherton Kojak son. He was consigned by A and L Stewart, Ayrshire and sold to Messrs Burgess, Dumfries.
The TLA Northern Samurai grand-daughter Cragg Missouri Belle, suckling her third calf and offered by Miss J Swires from Harrogate, North Yorks, was female champion and made 850gns. Buyers were W and M McMillan, Rothesay, Isle of Bute.
A draft from the Penguin herd of R Lane, Newport, Shropshire sold to 1100gns.
Averages: 12 bulls £1220; 20 females £499; Penguin draft £857. (Harrison and Hetherington) *