Blonde to stay in Co Durham

14 November 1997

Blonde to stay in Co Durham

TOP price was 4600gns at the Blonde dAquitaine Breeders Societys show and sale at Carlisle.

Making this was Barningham Magpie, a grandson of the successful sire Whistley Dollar.

He was paraded by Co Durham breeders W F and J C Metcalfe who bred this son of Barningham Ivan out of Banside Golden, a cow they bought at the same venue after she stood champion three years ago. Buyer was M Madrell, Barnard Castle, Co Durham.

Impressing for size was G B Harpers Bradnock Mercury, a son of the French bull Ramo. His 500-day weight of 900kg was 40% above the breed average.

A prize winner at the Royal and Three Counties shows this summer, he claimed the supreme title and made 3700gns to T S Knox, Bedale, North Yorks.

The maiden heifer Hilltop Louise headed the females for Cumbria breeder A J Stott. Buyer was J Chadwick, Isle of Man at 2900gns.

AVERAGES: 39 bulls £1872; four cows £945; six heifers £1099 and 12 maiden heifers £973. (Harrison and Hetherington)

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