No shortage of bidders at rare breed fixture

17 September 1999

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)

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