Spirits up at Carlisle
By Jeremy Hunt
THE lift of up to £100 a head seen at some of the first suckled calf sales of the season raised the spirits of bull buyers at the Border Belgian Blue Club sale at Carlisle.
While pedigree breeders creamed off potential stock sires, farmers in the market for crossing bulls were prepared to go the extra yard to secure wide-ended types that showed free and flowing locomotion.
And their keenness contributed to a big increase in the averages. Senior bulls saw 24 sold to average £2372 – up £376 – while the 40 juniors levelled at £2379 – up £185.
Joe Adams of the Northants-based Park herd was in buying mode and his target was Yorkshire breeder Stephen Potters second prize winner Brookfield Patrase.
This blue and white son of Galopeur des Hayons has two full ET-bred brothers – Brookfield Mario and Brookfield Monty – that sold in the same ring for 10,500gns and 7500gns. Mr Adams was successful taking Patrase at 6200gns.
And the saying "breeding will out" was never more evident when the days second highest call of 5000gns came for Clarebrand Picasso, a son of Brookfield Monty consigned by W T McMiken of Castle Douglas.
Bulging with muscle, this all-white bull was the youngest in the sale-yard at 14-months-old. He stood reserve male champion and heads back to south-west Scotland with T Forsyth, Newton Stewart.
The Bindloss family from Shap Abbey, near Penrith had an extra mark in the catalogue alongside Douglas Shedden and Sons white bull Newfield Pele. He impressed the ringside with his outstanding muscling and sold for 4600gns.
There were 13 bids at 3000gns and over. Roland Mason, Driffield, Yorks sold his Wold Newton Olympus at 3400gns to M Ervine, Co Down while an identical bid from J Paterson, Balfron, Glasgow secured him the naturally born blue-roan bull Ridge Dean Perky from Michele Wilde, Leighton Buzzard.
An imported dark blue bull, Glucinde Du Fond De Bois from Tom and Margaret Ashtons herd at Wigan, Lancs made 3200gns.
Trade was equally sharp for females with every section increasing its average; many more could have been sold. The 14 cows (in-calf or suckling) averaged £1735 – up £480.
Top female price was 3500gns paid by R Coates, Bridgwater, Somerset for the classy maiden heifer Ridge Dean Prancer from Michele Wilde. A real show prospect for next season, shes by Hazelwood Jake and out of one of the herds most successful show and brood cows by Park Daimler. (Harrison and Hetherington). *