Saturday 2nd September 2006
Power and Style Sought at Chelford
Saturday 2nd September 2006 saw the 44th National Show and Sale of Belgian
Blue cattle at Chelford on behalf of the British Belgian Blue Cattle
Society. The September sale is always much smaller in terms of numbers
forward than the March event, but another huge crowd were drawn to the
Centre, with the majority of vendors being happy with prices achieved
for their offerings.
|Blue Stone Woodpecker
The Supreme Championship at Friday evening’s Show, sponsored by Farmers
Guardian, was judged by Rhys Jenkins, of the Penfro herd, North Pembrokeshire.
He chose as his Champion the powerful blue and white Blue Stone Woodpecker,
a January 2004-born son of Baron du Bois Bauloye, out of a Navire de
Septon sired home-bred cow, from Dylan Rees. This powerful, well muscled
bull was sold subsequently for 3,900 guineas to Richard Atkinson of Goole,
East Yorkshire. Dylan Rees’ other entry, Blue Stone Website, an
Arlequin des Peupliers son, which stood second in the class behind the
Champion, made 3,400 guineas to Banks Farms, Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
whilst regular Chelford vendor, Andrew Bellas, of Appleby, Cumbria, saw
his June 2004-born Croftends Wonderboy make 3,000 guineas to David Cheesbrough,
of Heddon on the Wall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Leading the trade for the younger bulls in the ring was the January 2005-born
Penygelly Adam, from Brian Griffiths, Newtown, Powys. This son of Totem
de Chocquenee, out of Lukeroyal Tootsie, made 3,200 guineas to J M Townsend,
Colne, Lancashire whilst three other young bulls made 3,000 guineas.
Mel and Diane Lucas from Antrim, Northern Ireland saw their Seduisant
son, Lukeroyal Wee Lucas sell at that price to D J Evans, Lampeter, Dyfed;
Annanwater Arnie, a son of Visconti de St Fontaine, put forward by B
K Ryder and Sons, Moffat, sold to E D & H L Morris, Llanrhaeadr,
Oswestry and, finally, at that price the Junior Champion Ty Isaf Adfa,
from Wyn and Linda Morgan, Powys, a son of Affute out of the Bringlee Freeman-sired Ty Isaf Oriental Mist, made 3,000 guineas to S and C Morris,
Craven Arms, Shropshire.
In the female section, smart well-bred, coloured heifers were most wanted,
although the leading price was paid for Pawton Wisteria, a Visconti daughter
shown by John Mawer of Spilsby, Lincolnshire. Due in January to Dafydd
D’Ochain, she originally passed through the ring unsold, but subsequently
went for 4,000 guineas to J and L Dunn, Okehampton, Devon.
Stephen Brough of Dalston, Cumbria put forward an excellent pen of young
heifers, the leading price of 2,500 guineas being paid for the February
2005-born Carrock Ashlyn, a Blak du Baty d’Eprave daughter out
of Bradwall Olivia, sired by the famous Lawns Dominic. She went home
with and undisclosed Nottinghamshire breeder whilst the July 2004-born
Carrock Walnut, a Danseur d’Embise daughter, made 2,250 guineas
to J and H Griffiths, Lampeter, Ceredigion. Younger heifers usually sell
well at the Chelford sale and this year was no exception, with Tom and
Jack Belfield, from the Boothlow herd, Sheen, Derbyshire selling their
February 2006-born show calf Boothlow Beauty, by Affute, for 1,700 guineas
to D M G Games, of Talgarth, Powys. Leading the pedigree cows with calves
at foot was Racine de Haute Somme from Gavin Shanks, Carluke, Lanarkshire.
A daughter of Biscuit, with her May-born bull calf by Nounours at foot,
she made 3,500 guineas to Cavan Macguire of Rishton, Lancashire.
In the Crossbred section, a small but select entry received spirited
interest throughout. Top call of £1,800 came from respected showman
Jim Hollinsworth of Mold, for a heifer he had awarded the Championship
at the previous evening’s Show; a very pretty blue roan heifer
shown by Jane and Danny Wyllie of the Tamhorn herd, reluctantly being
offered for sale due to a hectic proposed schedule for the 2007 season.
At £1,450, Frank Page, well-known show and carcase Championship
winner from Northamptonshire, sold his third prize heifer to D Davies,
Aberystwyth, whilst the Reserve Crossbred Champion, a powerful black
steer from Messrs J and D Davies, Clifton under Dunsmore, Rugby made £1,020
to local producer, and Chelford regular, Stan Furness, Tideswell, Derbyshire.
45 Pedigree Bulls £2,260.16
19 Pedigree Females £1,650.66
14 Crossbred Steers £ 757.14
21 Crossbred Heifers £ 747.02
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