Annual Spring Show & Sale
Saturday 15th May 2004
Messrs Stoddart, Hill Side take
the Breed Record to 12,000gns at Carlisle
|Park U Bouncer - 12,000gns.
The largest show of Belgian Blue Cattle in the UK, ever, went under the hammer
on Saturday 15 May 2004, when auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington Ltd,
Borderway Mart, Rosehill Carlisle, offered for sale 161 bulls at the Border
Belgian Blue Club’s Fourteenth Annual Spring Show & Sale, when 133
out of the 161 lots of bulls presented found new homes. Auctioneer David Dickinson
commented that a packed ringside, keenly watched, as buyers bid freely on animals
they had marked. Top bulls attracted spirited bidding with many animals changing
hands above vendors’ expectations, resulting in 23 bulls selling for
5,000gns and above, and 133 bulls averaging £3,531.32
The Breed Record was broken when Stephen Stoddart and his son Jacob, from Hill
Side, Wigton came into the ring with their 1st prize winning bull Park U Bouncer,
a March 2002 son of Greystone Poncho. This senior bull is no stranger to the
show ring, having been shown at local shows with much success by the Stoddart
Family last year, taking many championship rosettes home with him. U Bouncer,
a dark coloured bull was bred by JO Adams & Son Ltd, Park House, Watford
Village, Northampton and successfully purchased by RE Miller, West Farm, Aspatria,
The show and sale was kindly sponsored by BBG (Class Prize Money), Show Time
(Championship Awards), British Blue Cattle Society and Border Club (Advertising).
The judge Christian Henquinent, De La Homme Herd, Belgium commented to Tony Jones
(BBG Representative) after the show on Friday 14 May, that it had been one of
the happiest days of his life. It was his first time in the UK, and the first
time he has been asked to judge outside of Belgium. In anticipation, he thought
he would see a few good bulls, a lot of mediocre bulls and some poor bulls. He
got it totally wrong, what he saw was a lot of very high quality bulls and very
few poor quality bulls. He tried to modify his style of judging to take into
the fact that mobility is the prime requirement for a terminal sire in the UK.
This did not detract from his champion, as he said afterwards he would not have
been ashamed to enter that bull as his own breeding at Agribex. He did not say
that it would have won but he would not be ashamed of it. Interesting point,
however, is the fact that he was champion at Agribex with a bull that he had
He awarded the Junior Male, Overall Male & Supreme Championship to Black
N Blue Union Jack, an October 2002 son of Jiosco De Focant. His dam Ridge Dean
Kip is a large scopy blue and white cow, purchased at the ‘Wilde about
Blues’ Sale Carlisle August 2002 for 2,200gns. This was the first bull
to be sold by Sally Lloyd, Stonycroft Farm, Luston, Leominster, Herefordshire
whose herd was established in 1998. This black and white bull was bid to 9,000gns
the second highest price of the days trading by J Nelson & Sons, Bull & Cave
Farm, Clapham, Lancaster.
Next at 8,500gns was the 1st prize winner Lukeroyal Ulster Blackstar, this stylish,
23 month old black bull was bred and exhibited by Mel & Diane Lucas, 154
Sevenmile Straight, Antrim, N. Ireland. Ulster Blackstar is by one of Belgium’s
best AI bulls, As De Trefle Du Vanova, and out of Cloughanduff Ruth. M Bindloss & Son,
Shap Abbey, Shap, Penrith were the triumphant buyers.The first lot to go through
the ring Stowbeck Storm, started the days bidding at a spirited pace, and was
finally knocked down for 7,000gns to BR Lawson, Buddle House Farm, Richmond,
N Yorkshire. This 2nd prize winning bull is an April 2000 born bull by the renowned
Philipper, and out of Stowbeck Lulu. Storm was bred by Chris Wilson, Skirwith
Hall, Penrith and exhibited by AM & E Hartley, Parklands Bungalow, Roughlee,
Nelson, Lancs. He has been used extensively on their small pedigree herd producing
young stock that have proved themselves in the show ring last year.
Messrs Hartley, then went on and paid 6,500gns for the Reserve Senior Male Champion,
Blue Stone Union Jack, an April 2002 born son of Baron, who was one of the top
producing bulls in Belgium, and has a string of progeny who have sold for high
prices to his credit. His dam Blue Stone Madona ET, is full sister to Blue Stone
Mr Motivator, sire of Netherwood Umpire, record priced bull Carlisle May 2003,
who sold for 11,000gns. Union Jack was bred and exhibited by T Dylan Rees, Llwynihirion,
Brynberian, Crymych, Pembrokeshire.
Two other bulls came under the hammer for 6,500gns; the first was the second
prize winning bull Widewath Upland, a two-year-old son of Ridge Dean Razz, and
out of Ridge Dean Rhondda. Upland was the first of a string of good bulls to
be offered for sale by Mark Bousfield, Widewath, Helton, Penrith who sold 5 bulls
to average £4,252.50. Messrs Jones, Fronhir, Llanyre, Llandrindod Wells
Signing the cheque for the second 6,500gns bull was DA Harrison, Anvil House,
West Newton, Aspatria, Carlisle. This one, Penfro Ultra Sexy, was shown by GG & JM
Jenkins & Sons, Nantyclun, Brynberian, Crymych, Pembrokeshire (who are the
hosts of the British Blue Cattle Society’s AGM on 27 May). Ultra
Sexy is an April 2002 son of Opkapi Van Terbeck, and out of their homebred cow
Also hitting the high spots was D & M Gregory, Bosworth Lodge Farm, Husbands
Bosworth, Lutterworth, Leics who sold two bulls for 6,200gns, the first a Gib
Van Het Negenbond son, Gregmaur Unique, who is out of a Hazelwood Freshman cow,
Gregmaur Melissa. This exceptional seventeen-month-old bull was knocked down
to the exhibitors of the new breed record bull, Messrs Stoddart, Hill Side, Wigton.
Derek & Maureen then sold Gregmaur Valour, a January, 2003 bull by the renowned
Hazelwood Freshman ET, and out of their homebred cow Rhodes. This blue grey bull
travels to Warwickshire for AH Tarry-Smith, Red House Farm, Tachbrook, Leamington
A tremendous show of females sold to a top price of 4,200gns for the Female,
Reserve Supreme Champion & winner of the Border Belgian Blue Club Special
Trophy from BK Ryder’s Annanwater unit at Moffat, Dumfriesshire. Douce
De Fooz, a Belgium Imported heifer sold in-calf to the highly sought after Baron.
She is by the widely used Seduisant, whose sons have sold to 10,000gns at Carlisle
and out of Banquise ET De Fooz. She joins the Bramley herd of IGC Morris, Upper
Duddlewick Hall, Stottesdon, Kidderminster, Worcs.
The first prize winner in the Junior Maiden Heifer class took the next top price
of 4,000gns, Gregmaur Vanessa, a 14 month old daughter of Gregmaur Saber, a son
of Affute is from the aforementioned Gregmaur Stable of Derek & Maureen Gregory.
The successful bid came from J Allison & Sons, Sealhouses, Richmond, N Yorkshire.
Next at 3,900gns was the fifth prize winner in the Senior Maiden Heifer Class,
Croft Urella ET, a May 2002 heifer by Wold Newton Icy knight, and out of Ovatie
Van De Wolvendree. She was knocked down to G & R Bellis, Pantseiri Fawr,
Glynarthen, Llandysul after being keenly sought after.
The recipients with ET Calves enjoyed spirited bidding peaking at 3,000gns for
a black Limousin cow, in calf to a Belgian Blue bull, with her white 3-month-old
male ET calf at foot, Crackley Bank Weetabra ET by Cubitus and out of Rawes Noyna
ET. RM Fishwick & Son, Thornship Farm, Shap, Penrith take the unit home.
46 Senior Bulls £3,866.74 (plus £191.74)
44 Intermediate Bulls £3,295.56 (minus £455.03)
43 Junior Bulls £3.413.72 (plus £455.03)
133 Bulls Overall £3,531.32 (plus £161.45)
8 Heifers in calf £2,625.00 (n/c)
18 Heifers unserved £2,321.66 (plus £398.84)
6 Cows and Heifers served and/or suckling £2,747.50 (plus £643.46)
3 Recipients with FOT calves at foot £2,275.00 (n/c)
Other leading prices: -
BK Ryder’s “Annanwater Upstart ET” 6,000gns
to J Dent & Sons, Naby View, Lartington, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham.
DA William’s “Wilodge Upstart ET” 5,800gns to L Raine & Sons,
Coach & Horses, Spital, Bowes, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham. 2nd in class
Nigel P Pritchard’s “Norton Ullrick ET” 5,700gns to Messrs
RA Cadzow, Inland Pasture, Berwick Upon Tweed, Northumberland. 4th in class
Messrs Coates’ “Greystone Uranium” 5,600gns to Shepperton
Plant Ltd, Bridge Farm, Thame Road, Blackthorn, Bicester.
M McKelvey’s “Lochside Volta” 5,500gns to J Leiper & Sons,
Black Heddon, Newcastle Upon Tyne. 1st in class 13.
BK Ryder’s “Vedat Van Het Bareelhof” 5,500gns to B Hall,
Ainstable Hall, Ainstable, Carlisle. 1st in class 2.
J Wyllie’s “Tamhorn Tiger” 5,500gns to S & D Blaylock,
Newbigging Farmhouse, Oxnam, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire. 1st in class 1, Senior
Male & Reserve Overall Male Champion.
Graham Morgan’s “Almeley Ulysses” 5,300gns to JM Hanson & Son,
Home Farm, Eardisland, Leominster, Herefordshire. 3rd in class 2.
Andrew Craig’s “Woodview Victor ET” 5,200gns to B Hall, Ainstable
Hall, Ainstable, Carlisle.
BK Ryder’s “Verbaal Van De Wolvendre” 5,200gns to Messrs
Garside, Highfield Farm, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield. 1st in class 5.
BK Ryder’s “Annanwater Vandyke ET” 5,200gns to T Forsyth,
Isle Farm, Whithorn, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire. 4th in class 13.
Michele Wilde’s “Ridge Dean UJ ET” 5,200gns to JT Dixon & Sons,
Halfpenny House Farm, Leyburn, N Yorkshire. 4th in class 9.
KH Twentyman’s “Croft Ursula ET” 3,500gns, to J Dickinson,
Springfield, Mosside Lane, Stalmine, Poulton Le Fylde.
KH Twentyman’s “Croft Ularensis ET” 3,200gns, to MJ Lucas,
154 Sevenmile Straight, Antrim, Co. Antrim, N Ireland. 3rd in class 16.
BK Ryder’s “Annanwater Unique” 3,000gns to K Hall, Greensyke,
Coanwood, Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
BK Ryder’s “Annanwater Ursula ET” 3,000gns to R Barker, Stockastead,
Bewcastle, Carlisle, Cumbria.
|Champion Belgian Blue at the Carlisle sale came from Sally
Lloyd with her fist ever Blue bull, Black n Blue Union Jack, which went
on to sell for 9000gns
||Lukeroyal Ulster Blackstar made 8500gns for Luke & Diane
Lucas, Antrim, Northern Ireland
|Setting the sale off at a good pace was Stowbeck Storm,
a 4 year old bull from AM&E Hartley, and bred by J Wilson, Skirwith
Farm, Penrith. He sold for 7000gns to Brian Lawson.
||Reserve senior Champion, Blue Stone Union Jack from Dylan
Rees, Pembrokeshire, made 6500gns.
|Widewath Upland, out of a Rridge Dean purchased cow, made
6500gns for Mark Bousfield.
||Annanwater Upstart made 6000gns for BK Ryder, Newton Farm,
|Champion Female, and reserve Overall champion at the Border
Belgian Blue Club sale, is an imported in calf heifer, brought fowards
by BK Ryder, Moffat. Douce De Fooz made 4200gns.
||3 month old bull calf, Crackley Bank Weetabra ET, made