Border British Blue Club

1999 autumn sale

Annual Autumn Show & Sale

28th - 29th September 1999

The Border Belgian Blue Club held their eleventh annual autumn show and sale, on Tuesday, 28th and Wednesday, 29th September 1999, at Borderway Mart, Carlisle when auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington Limited sold the excellent selection of males and females on offer.

The show and sale was kindly sponsored by British Linalux and the British Belgian Blue Cattle Society. The cattle were presented to a packed ringside of buyers from all parts of the UK and Northern Ireland, and there was a very strong demand for top quality cattle. Thirteen lots sold for 3,000 guineas and above and all averages were up on the year.

The Belgian Blue is becoming more and more widely used in both the dairy and suckler herd, with calves more often than not realising the top prices at market and suckler calves, store cattle and prime cattle often dominating the market. As the sales increase in numbers and quality, it is consistently evident that the Belgian Blue is the shape of the future.

The catalogued entry of 155 head sold to a top price of 6,200 guineas when regular consignor to Carlisle, Stephen Potter, Brookfield Farm, Thirsk, Yorkshire sold his second prize bull "Brookfield Patrase ET", an ET son of the proven combination of "Highfield Jewel ET", Stephen's top brood cow and the renowned "Galopeur des Hayons". Patrese's full ET brothers Mario and Monty both sold at Carlisle for 10,500 guineas and 7,500 guineas respectively. He now joins the Park Herd of JO Adams, (Thrupp Farms Ltd), Northampton. Next at 5,000 guineas was the youngest bull in the catalogue "Clarebrand Picasso", aged just 14 months, he gained the reserve junior male championship and the border club special trophy. He is a son of the aforementioned "Brookfield Monty ET" that sold for 7,500 guineas Carlisle, October, 1997 and out of "Castlehill Idyllic", the supreme champion Carlisle September, 1994. Picasso was bred and exhibited by Messrs WT McMiken, Nether Ernambrie, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire and successfully bought by T Forsyth, Isle Farm, Whithorn, Newton Stewart.

Douglas Shedden & Sons, Newfield Mains, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire sold their 1st prize bull "Newfield Pele", for 4,600 guineas. Pele is a May, 1998 born son of the 1993 Royal Show champion "Navire de Septon" and out of the imported cow "Navaja des Pres". He was keenly sought after, but the bid that finally secured him came from M Bindloss & Son, Shap Abbey, Shap, Cumbria.

The judge James Barber, Peel Farm, Congleton, Cheshire (Astbury Herd), awarded the junior male and overall championship to "Entreprenant Pistachio Danish", a March 1998 born son of "Marquis du Molinia" and out of "Entreprenant Lah-Di-Dah ET Danish" a daughter of "Bringlee Freeman", winner of 26 breed championships. Pistachio was bred and exhibited by SR Kemp, Brambles, Canterbury, Kent and was knocked down for 3,100 guineas to N Meldrum, Shenval, Ballindalloch, Banffshire. The senior male champion and reserve overall champion "Woodlands Pride", a 20 month old son of the noted "Kramiek ET Ten Durme" and out of "Boston Favoreite", was bred and exhibited by N & M Beardsley, The Woodlands, Belper, Derbyshire and was bid to 3,200 guineas by DR Evans & Son, Ystradfaelog, Caersws, Powys.

Not to be out done by the males the females enjoyed an excellent days trading and more could have been sold to vendors advantage. The top price of 3,500 gns was obtained for a maiden heifer "Ridge Dean Prancer ET", bred and exhibited by Michele Wilde, Ridge Farm, Soulbury, Nr Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. She is by "Hazelwood Jake" and out of Michele's show cow and producer of top quality progeny "Ridge Dean Jessie". Prancer travels south to Owls Hill Farm, Bridgwater, Somerset for Mr Coates. There were two lots sold for 2,800 guineas, the first through the ring was "Codicote Pandora Danish", a maiden heifer bred by Robin J Ivory, Codicote, Herts and consigned by William Orme, Home Farm, Leyburn, N Yorkshire. Pandora was successfully purchased by R Huffer, Park Farm, Ludlow, Shropshire. The next was "Leopold Odessa ET", a white heifer sired by "Hazelwood Jupiter ET" and her naturally born heifer calf at foot "Leopold Rachael" by "Twyning Ash Gladiator". The unit was bred and exhibited by MJ & RV Pearce, Cowleaze Farm, Swindon, Wilts and was knocked down to J McGarva, Nether Abington, Biggar.

The female champion "Tamhorn Olivia ET" and reserve female champion "Tamhorn Olga ET", bred and exhibited by Jane Wyllie, Pessall Farm, Nr Tamworth, Staffs both left the sale ring unsold. Olivia and Olga, both maiden heifers, are full ET daughters of "Norbreck Kitty ET"and "Cristal de Somme".

24 Senior Bulls £2,373.44 (plus £376.82)
40 Junior Bulls £2,379.15 (plus £185.57)
64 Bulls £2,377.04 (plus £300.95)
5 Heifers in calf £1,071.00 (plus £204.75)
7 Heifers, unserved £2,227.50 (plus £206.25)
15 Cows in calf or with calf at foot & Heifers with calf at foot £1,735.83 (plus £480.60)
2 Recipients £1,155.00 (N/C)


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