No shortage of bidders at rare breed fixture
By Jeremy Hunt
THE Rare Breed Survival Trusts 25th show and sale at Stoneleigh confounded the gloom and produced a lively demand for sheep, a steady trade for cattle and no shortage of bidders around the pig ring.
Traditional Herefords – those without imported bloodlines – provided an opportunity for committed enthusiasts. Five entries averaged £1010 with a top call of £1600 for Llandinabo Curly 71st an in-calf heifer from Herefordshire-based Llandinabo Farms. Buyer was DF Fenton, Tenterden, Kent.
Another cow from the same home made £1400 and a bull from the Hawcroft herd of Mrs A Cook, Cambridge made £1000.
The Longhorn champion, the heifer Plum Park Ulina from BR Temple, Towcester, made £1200 to T Wilson, Everton, Notts. Irish Moiled – one of the rarest cattle breeds – also sold to £1000.
In the sheep section, the Llanwenog, a breed with untapped commercial potential, saw 30 head average £89 apiece and reach a top of £480 paid by Mr Kelland, Tiverton for a ram lamb from P Richards, Oswestry.
A strong turnout of Wensleydales met a good trade resulting in a top price of £450. The bid came from The Traditional Textile Co, Hamdon, Somerset for Miss SA Blakeys ewe lamb sired by a Harmby Moor ram from the breeds homeland in the Yorks Dales. A ram lamb from JN and SM Prescott, Morpeth made £310 and another eight lots made £200 and more.
Other good prices among the sheep lines included £430 for the Greyface Dartmoor champion from Mrs JK Hampsteads flock in Lincs and bought by Clitheroe, Lancs breeders EC and S Wiggans. Norfolk Horns sold to £350, Cotswolds to £320, Teeswaters to £250 and Portlands to £310.
Pig trade was buoyant considering commercial prices. It did not deter rare breed enthusiasts who produced an overall top price of £400 when T Williamson of Preston, Lancs secured Dave Overtons Gloucester Old Spot champion Exford Princess 67.
British Lops sold to £260 when Geoffrey Cloke, Solihull bought a sow from BC Upchurchs Greenway herd; Middle Whites reached £340 for an entry from HM Prisons Colonywymott consignment and British Saddlebacks sold to £260 for one from SS Samuels Shenlow herd. (Harrison and Hetherington)