Carlisle Spring Suckled Calf Show & Sale
March 22nd 2017
An unrivalled show of quality suckler bred cattle met an extremely strong demand from start to finish at the annual spring show and sale of continental cross steers and heifers held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Wednesday 22nd March 2017, when a catalogued entry of 1276 head were presented.
The majority of consignors enjoyed a substantial rise in values for their entries than that of the previous years sale. Despite a very wintry morning in the North of England, a very strong company of buyers from all over the UK gathered to witness one of the best shows of cattle in the country.
The sale averages saw a rise in both the steer and heifer classes with the bullocks at £1069.13 (+£40.19) and the heifers leveling at £1013.98 (+ £23.62).
Securing the top price of the sale at £4400 was a British Blue cross heifer, Pandora, shown by Neil Hardisty of How Hall, Ennerdale, Cleator. The black heifer is sired by the herds British Blue stock bull, Boothlow Ferrari and out of a homebred 7/8th Limousin bred dam. In the pre-sale judging, Pandora won the 1st prize rosette in the British Blue heifer class and is no stranger to the show ring having won the 1st prize ticket in the Baby Beef class at the Borderway Agri Expo 2016. She was purchased by Messrs Alford of Cullompton, Devon.
Judging the single steer and heifer classes was Sharon Sellers of Lincoln who presented the championship rosette and the Edward Barton Memorial Trophy to Andrew Harrison of Grange Hall, Great Asby. The winning entry, a red 8 month old Limousin bred steer, is sired by the herds stock bull Keskadale Cyclone and out of a British Blue x cow. Backing her judgement, it was knocked down for £2800 to the judge Mrs Sellers.
The reserve overall championship position was won by Brian Hall of Ainstable Hall with his black British Blue cross heifer sired by the registered bull Moorsley Edge.
The second leading price of the sale also came from the Grange Hall pen of Andrew Harrison's. Selling for £3800 was the 1st prize Limousin cross heifer which sold to Stewart Betts of Stirling. This entry was sired by the homebred Limousin sire Noble Freddie who has also sired many noted national championship winners over the past few years.
The first entry to sell for £3300 was a black Limousin cross steer shown by Willie Barron of Morrow Edge Farm, Durham. This entry is by the herds senior stock bull, Mereside Godolphin and is bred from a pure British Blue type heifer. The 11 month old steer sold to Messrs Blair of Newport-on-Tay, Fife.
The second heifer to reach £3300 was a red Limousin cross heifer offered by T Laird & Son of Sunnyside Farm, Cumnock. Having won the 3rd prize rosette from a strong entry at the pre-sale judging, she was sold to Mr A Dickinson of Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Reaching the £3000 mark was a Limousin cross heifer consigned by TF & C Robinson, Bog Hall, Kirkheaton. This entry was succuessfully purchased by Anita Padfield of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.
A further six entries all sold for £2000 or more which included - a red Limousin cross in the Baby Beef class from L Bamforth & Sons of Wainstalls, Halifax sold for £2400; a Blonde cross steer shown by TH Harrison & Sons, Sleddale Hall, Penrith was knocked down for £2300; a red Limousin cross heifer entry from R & M Archer, Low Carry House, Hexham, was knocked down for £2200; also selling for £2200 was the Limousin cross steer shown by E Telfer & Son, Newton High House. A pair of black British Blue heifers from the Ainstable Hall pen of Brian Hall, were both sold for £2000.
A total of 20 entries all sold for £1500 and above. The event was kindly sponsored by Zoetis and Border Cars.
A highlight of the sale was the run of 50 plus cattle shown by Messrs Whiteford, Tercorrset. This batch secured the leading consignment average of £1139 for a run of 50+ cattle.
Leading Consignment Averages – Ainstable Hall (4) £1675; Low Northsceugh (4) £1440; Gardrum (6) £1303; Newton High House (5) £1256; Greenhill (4) £1250; The Guards (9) £1221; Lairdlaugh (5) £1214, etc.
Prize Winners –
Class 1 – Halter Trained Limousin or
Limousin Cross Heifer
1st W Barron, Morrow Edge Farm Burnhope - £3300
2nd R & M Archer, Low Carry House, Wark - £2200
3rd David Laird, Bellowbank, Carbello Farm, Cronberry - £3300
Class 2 – Limousin or Limousin Cross
Heifer (not shown in Class 1)
1st AJ & FM Harrison, Grange Hall, Great Asby, Appleby - £3800
2nd L Bamforth & Sons, Hoyle Bottom Farm, Wainstalls - £1400
3rd KD & DE Millar & Partners, Crookholm Farm, Canonbie - £1480
Class 3 – Halter Trained British Blue
or British Blue Cross Heifer
1st S Hardisty & Son, How Hall, Ennerdale, Cleator - £4400
2nd B Hall, Ainstable Hall, Ainstable, Carlisle - £2000
3rd JC & S Little, The Guards, Ireby, Wigton - £1500
Class 4 – British Blue or British Blue
Cross Heifer (not shown in Class 3)
1st B Hall, Ainstable Hall, Ainstable, Carlisle
2nd I Powley, Low Northsceugh, Armathwaite, Carlisle - £1420
3rd TH Harrison & Sons, Sleddale Hall, Wet Sleddale, Shap - £1100
Class 5 – Charolais or Charolais Cross
1st TWH Farming, Barlow, Selby
2nd WG & HM Kyle, Spout Bank, Walton, Brampton - £1000
Class 7 – Baby Beef Heifer (not shown
in Classes 1-6)
1st B Hall, Ainstable Hall, Ainstable, Carlisle - £2000
2nd L Bamforth & Sons, Hoyle Bottom Farm, Wainstalls, Halifax - £2400
3rd A Bunting, Midtown Farm, New Abbey, Dumfries - £1800
Heifer Champion – B Hall,
Ainstable Hall, Ainstable, Carlisle
Reserve Heifer Champion – B Hall, Ainstable Hall, Ainstable, Carlisle - £2000
Class 8 – Halter Trained Limousin or
Limousin Cross Steer
1st AJ & FM Harrison, Grange Hall, Great Asby, Appleby - £2800
2nd I Powley, Low Northsceugh, Armathwaite, Carlisle - £1600
3rd S Hardisty & Son, How Hall, Ennerdale, Cleator - £1800
Class 9 – Limousin or Limousin Cross
Steer (not shown in Class 8)
1st NJ & C Barker, Middle Bank End, Appleby-In-Westmorland - £1400
2nd AJ & FM Harrison, Grange Hall, Great Asby, Appleby - £1480
3rd JW Smith-Jackson, Hightown, Melkridge, Haltwhistle - £1310
Class 10 – Halter Trained British Blue
or British Blue Cross Steer
1st TWH Farming, Barlow, Selby~
2nd JW Smith-Jackson, Hightown, Melkridge, Haltwhistle - £1550
3rd JC & S Little, The Guards, Ireby, Wigton - £1120
Class 11 – British Blue or British
Blue Cross Steer (not shown in Class 10)
1st E Telfer & Son, Newton High House, Newton, Stocksfield - £1200
2nd Iain Lammie, Longhouse Farm, Cumnock, Ayrshire - £1150
3rd P Kerr & Sons, Nether Oakshaw, Roadhead, Carlisle - £1280
Class 12 – Charolais or Charolias Cross
1st Iain Lammie, Longhouse Farm, Cumnock, Ayrshire - £1380
2nd WG & HM Kyle, Spout Bank, Walton, Brampton - £1150
Class 13 – Any Other Continental Cross
or Breed Steer
1st TH Harrison & Sons, Sleddale Hall, Wet Sleddale, Shap - £2300
Class 14 – Baby Beef Heifer (not shown
in Classes 1-6)
1st L Bamforth & Sons, Hoyle Bottom Farm, Wainstalls, Halifax - £1320
2nd E Dickinson & J Hodgson, Wood Foot, Askham, Penrith - £1700
3rd TW & M Bird, Ghyll House Farm, Wreay, Carlisle - £770
Steer Champion – AJ & FM Harrison,
Grange Hall, Great Asby, Appleby - £2800
Reserve Steer Champion – I Powley, Low Northsceugh, Armathwaite, Carlisle - £1600
Overall Champion – AJ & FM Harrison,
Grange Hall, Great Asby, Appleby - £2800
Reserve Overall Champion – B Hall, Ainstable Hall, Ainstable, Carlisle
Class 11- Pens of 4 Steers
1st D & R Cornthwaite, Balgray Hill, Lockerbie - £1200
2nd D & R Cornthwaite, Balgray Hill, Lockerbie - £1190
3rd D & R Cornthwaite, Balgray Hill, Lockerbie - £1145
Class 12 – Pens of 4 Heifers
1st D & R Cornthwaite, Balgray Hill, Lockerbie - £1060
2nd D & R Cornthwaite, Balgray Hill, Lockerbie - £940
Heifers: British Blue £4400 How Hall, £2000(x2), £1400, £1300 Ainstable Hall, £1540 Twentyman, £1500 The Guards, £1420 Low Northsceugh, £1330, £1310, £1270 Gardrum, £1260 Osborne Farm, £1200 Stephney Farm, £1165, £1150 Nether Oakshaw, £1100 Sleddale Hall; Limousin £3800, £1400, £1350 Grange Hall, £3300 Sunnyside Farm, £3300 Morrow Edge Farm, £3000 Bog Hall Farm, £2400, £1660, £1400 Hoyle Barton Farm, £2200 Low Carry House, £1800 Midtown Farm, £1480 Crookham Farm, £1450 Hightown, £1400, £1340, £1280 (x3) Tercrosset, £1340, £1255 Gapshields, £1300 The Guards, £1300 Northsceugh, £1260 Roughet Hill; Simmental £1070 Balgray Hill; Charolais £1000 Spout Bank.
Steers: Limousin £2800, £1480 Grange Hall, £2200 Newton High House, £1800 How Hall, £1700 Wood Foot, £1600 Northsceugh, £1460 Kilnstown, £1420, £1390, £1310 Tercosset, £1400 Middle Bank End, £1360 Greigsland, £1325, £1315 Gapshields, £1320 Hoyle Bottom, £1310 Hightown, £1280, £1270, £1250 Greenhill Farm, £1280 Bog Hall Farm, £1265 Nether Ernambrie, £1250, £1220 The Guards, £1250 Cold Shields, £1240 Thirlwall Castle Farm; Blonde £2300 Sleddale Hall; British Blue £1550 Hightown, £1280, £1200, £1180 Nether Oakshaw, £1260 Tercrosset, £1230 Tailbert, £1200 Newton High House, £1200 The Guards, £1190 Cracrop, £1180 Balgray Hill, £1170 Grange Hall, £1170 Inland Pastures Farm, £1150 Longhouse Farm; Charolais £1380 Longhouse, £1150 Spout Bank; Simmental £1200 Balgray Hill, £1200 Greenhill Farm; Aberdeen Angus £990 Crookholm; Galloway £930 Kilnstown.