2002 spring sale
2002 Spring Show & Sale
Friday 17th May 2002
After a year of uncertainty in the farming industry the Border Belgian Blue Club finally staged their Twelfth Annual Spring Show & Sale on Thursday 16th May (Judging of all classes of bulls) and Friday 17th May (Judging of all classes of females, the Championships and sale), at Borderway Mart, Carlisle when auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington Limited offered the catalogued entry of 143 bulls and 54 females to a packed ringside of buyers.
Auctioneer David Dickinson commented that there was a very good show of bulls, and the top end met a very fast trade, with a nice show of females. The show and sale was very kindly sponsored by British Linalux and the British Blue Cattle Society.
The demand for quality stock was so high that there was a near sell out of all cattle with two bulls making 10,000gns, 500gns short of the breed record for a bull (10,500gns) and 32 lots sold at 4,000gns and above. With the overall average for bulls nearly beating the record of £3,749.52, which was set in May 1995 and 36 Junior bulls reaching a record average of £4,060.00.
The first of the 10,000gns bulls to go through the ring was the 2nd prized dark blue bull Aprilton Sinbad ET an April 2000 born son of the widely used and successful Philipper, and out of Lenborough Juliette who was purchased for 2,700gns Carlisle May 1994, and Juliette was shown as a heifer and was never beaten. Sinbad was bred and exhibited by Miss Eileen Wilson, White Hills, Scorton, Richmond and sold to J Nelson & Sons, Bull and Cave Farm, Clapham, Lancaster who have used the Belgian Blue bull extensively over a number of years.
The second bull to be sold at 10,000gns was the Reserve Junior Male Champion Ridge Dean Springer, this dark blue and white October 2000 son of Seduisant De Fooz and out of the homebred cow Popsicle who has the 2nd highest EBV of the breed and has won many championships, and with her dam being the famous Ridge Dean Jessie who won all three Royals in 1994 means Springer has exceptional breeding behind him. He was bred and shown by Michele Wilde who needs no introduction having been on the show circuit and selling top quality animals for a number of years now. After being very keenly sought after Springer was knocked down to local enthusiasts M Bindloss & Son, Shap Abbey, Shap, Penrith. Michele who farms at Ridge Farm, Soulbury, Nr. Leighton Buzzard, Beds sold a string of bulls to average £5,856.66.
Next at 9,000gns was Dundrod Sambo another Philipper son out of Astbury Nina ET. This September 2000 born blue and white bull was the single entry of Sam Hamilton from just over the border at Dundrod, Lockerbie and was successfully purchased by JS Stephenson, Bordley Green, Skipton.
Michele Wilde went on to sell the next top price bull Ridge Dean Spitfire an all black September 2000 born bull by Micheles homebred black bull Mahogany and out of her homebred cow K P for 8,000gns to WA Errington, Townhead Dairy, Askham, Penrith. At 7,200gns was another of the consignment of bulls brought by Michele Wilde, Ridge Dean Super Fighter an October 2000 born bull who stood 4th in his class and is out of Cowden Prince Nazim ET who was purchased by Michele at Carlisle in May 1999 for 4,000gns. Super Fighter comes from an easy calving line, his dam being Ridge Dean Joan the champion pure bred heifer at Smithfield 1993 and his maternal grand sire being the noted Park Daimler.
The judge Monsieur Francis Goose, Belgium commented that there was a good show of cattle and some of the bulls would have been well placed at shows in Belgium. The young stock were taller and heavier than their counterparts. He also said that one of the things he was looking for during his selection process was cattle that moved well. Monsieur Goose awarded the Female, Supreme Championship and Border Club Special Trophy to AJ & DA Wilkinson, Springfield Farm, Out Rawcliffe, Preston for one of their favourite cows Springfield Orchidea ET by the prolific show winner and outstanding sire Bringlee Freeman ET and out of Vicieuse DOchain. She has been flushed successfully twice by Alan & Deirdre and calved twice herself. Signing the cheque for 3,800gns was W Richardson & Son, Ghyll House, Dufton, Appleby.
The Border Belgian Blue Club Chairman Brian Wheatley presented Monsieur Francis Goose with a Belgian Blue Border Fine Art as a token of the clubs appreciation for the Belgian herd book sending official judges to judge the spring show & sale.
The Overall Male and Reserve Supreme Championship was awarded to regular consignorsS & GA Potter, Westside, Topcliffe, Thirsk with their Intermediate Male Champion Brookfield Sewell this June 2000 dark blue bull is another son of Philipper and out of their good brood cow Highfield Jewel ET who has been flushed very successfully by the Brookfield herd producing many top prize winners and high priced stock to date. Sewell was knocked down to M Bindloss & Son, Shap Abbey who were successful in purchasing a number of bulls to start up their new suckler herd following their unfortunate FMD cull last year.
Top price in the female section was 4,500gns gained by Mr & Mrs D Gregory, Bosworth Lodge Farm, Lutterworth, Leics for their 1st prize heifer Gregmaur Shiulle a June 2000 born daughter of Affute Du Ry Ossogne who is breeding some exceptional females and out of their homebred cow Katrina. Shiulle wont be travelling far as she goes to GEH Stoddart, Hill Side, Wigton.
The Reserve Female Champion is the second Vigor daughter to be offered for sale by Mrs Jane Wyllie, Pessall Farm, Nr. Tamworth, Staffs. Tamhorn Sally is out of their homebred cow Odette ET who is full sister to Tamhorn Ocker, top priced bull who sold for 7,000gns Carlisle May 1999. Sally was successfully bid to 3,300gns and knocked down to M Morgan, Elmshade, Leominster, Herefordshire.
Other leading prices: -
AJ & DA Wilkinsons Springfield Solomon ET 6,000gns to W Richardson & Son, Ghyll House, Dufton, Appleby. 4th in class 3.
BK Ryders Annanwater Star ET 6,000gns to JA Junor, Dell Farm, Farr, Inverness.
JG Brindleys Bringlee Scott 5,800gns to J Sheddon, Newfield Mains, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. 1st in class 3 and Senior Male Champion.
AJ & DA Wilkinsons Springfield Sidney 5,500gns to MS Taylor, The Gilts, Crosby Ravensworth, Penrith, Cumbria. 3rd in class 3.
SR Kemps Entreprenant Theodore 5,500gns to Morris Bros, Whitcott Evan, Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire. 2nd in class 9.