Over 250 registered purchasers flocked into Chelford Agricultural
Centre last Saturday for the first sale of British Belgian Blue
cattle after the re-opening of markets.
As well as a number of Dairy producers urgently seeking to produce
quality calves for the crossbred beef market, Suckler producers
from all over the U.K. flooded in to provide strong competition
for all well-muscled bulls, leading to a top price of 4200gns for
Norstaff Rambo, a November 1999 born son of Odilio VD Boshoek, sold
by his breeder, Mick Heath from nearby Rushton Spencer, Leek. He
went to Steve Smith of Castle Caereinion, Powys, better known at
Chelford for his Texel flock, but now establishing a top-quality
suckler herd following his FMD cull.
Doug Hazel from Luton, Bedfordshire
produced a cracking son of Hazelwood Jake, Hazelwood Sylvester,
which sold for 4000 gns to Messrs Cowperthwaite of Settle, North
Yorkshire, whilst Michelle Wildes award-winning Ridge
Dean Herd sold Ridge Dean Scot, a son of Mahogany, who
made 3900gns to Messrs J & JJ Bowman of Dalston, Carlisle.
Show judge, Graham Brindley, of the Bringlee Herd, chose Keith
and Janet Belfields Boothlow Sam as his Champion,
the second successive show at Chelford that this keen young couple
of Blue breeders had won the Supreme award. He made 3300gns to J
Hall of Bakewell, Derbyshire.
The Female Champion came from Jane and Danny Wyllies Tamhorn
herd, Staffordshire. Tamhorn Shona was a very attractive
blue-and-white heifer and caught the eye of M G Morgan, who paid
2500gns to take her home to Leominster, Herefordshire. Ted and Christine
Haste of Shebbear, Devon, also re-stocking after being culled out,
paid 2000gns for the smart black-and-white Chancellors Sooty from
Messrs Walwin, Shepton Mallet.
Trade was really dominated, however, by demand for Commercial Belgian
Blue Crossbred cattle, this sale having established a huge reputation
for producing winners at major national and regional Primetstock
An overwhelming response from showmen, commercial feeders, and breeders
from all over the U.K. all anxious to put 2001 behind them, culminated
in a flying trade for the 105 strong entry.
Without the show on the Friday evening it was up to the purchasers
to show their preferences and show us they did!
The first lot in the ring had attracted a great deal of interest
pre-sale, a proper Blue x Limousin heifer from Steve Jones, Idridgehay,
Derbyshire which set the tone for the day selling for £1,950
to Joe Hutchinson esq., of Thurston, Derbyshire.
However, once again it was the Welsh contingent which stole the
show and taking the top 4 prices in the steer category and in doing
so set a new commercial record for a Society Sale at a whopping
Exhibited by Andrew Davies of Pantmeinog this superb black steer,
born October 2001, creating frenetic activity around the sale ring
and eventually sold to Messrs Staple Grove Livestock of Taunton,
No less than 10 cattle topped the magical £1,000 barrier,
steers from Andrew and Gareth Davies, along with heifers from Pete
Bodily and W McMiken.
Auctioneers Gwyn Williams and Jonathan Farrall professed themselves
absolutely delighted with the attendance and trade, clearly illustrating
Chelford as the leading centre for both Pedigree and Commercial
|35 Pedigree Bulls
|12 Pedigree Females
|56 Crossbred Steers
|49 Crossbred Heifers