Blistering "Blue" Trade at Carlisle with 90% Clearance
The first British Blue Cattle Society sale of 2017, took place at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 27th January. With a packed ringside and electric atmosphere, this confidence boosting sale saw a total of 16 bulls selling for 5,000gns or more and there was a 90% clearance of the bulls forward for sale, with many prospective purchasers, going home empty handed.
Top price was 11,000gns for the last bull into the ring from long standing breeders, J & E Coates, Rainscar Farm, Settle, for their junior entry, lot 39, Greystone Kellogs. This dark blue son of Almeley Ginola, who was purchased for 20,000 gns and out of the 12-year old cow, Greystone Weetabix, sold to fellow breeder, Richard Mowbray for his Droit herd based in Northern Ireland.
Also from the same home, at 9,500gns, was lot 32, Greystone King, again sired by Almeley Ginola but this time, out of Greystone Emeralde. The successful purchaser was J Lee, Morley Hill Farm, Hexham.
Also selling at 9,500 gns was lot 3, Pendle Jager Meister from the Hartley family. Sired by Newton Blues Chico and out of Pendle Hocus Pocus, he was placed 2nd in his class at the pre-sale show and found a new home in Grantown-on-Spey, with H MacDonald.
The winner of class one Male and Overall Champion, lot 7, Top Side Joey, from Ross and Elaine Pattinson sold for 8,500gns. Joey, was Male Champion at the Great Yorkshire Show and was sired by Fleuron De Maffe and out of Rathlyon Dinah. This striking black bull caught the eye of William McLaren from Kirriemuir, Angus. Joey boasts some top EBV figures and comes in as a "Superior Carcase Sire"
Another "Superior Carcase Sire", at 8,500gns was the winner of class three and Reserve Male Champion, Stonebyres Krona from Blair and Shona Comrie, Lanark. A son of Kelowna Ferdinand, he has been successfully shown since he was a calf. The winning bidder on this occasion was JL Hartley from Holdgate, Shropshire, who also purchased his father back in 2011.
Crackley Bank Kent, (lot 21) from Paul Walker caught the eye of GR & G Brass, Soulby, Kirkby Stephen. A black son of Crackley Bank Fanfare and out of Paul’s homebred cow, Crackley Bank Fatal Fancypants, he sold for 7,500gns.
Also selling at 7,500gns was John Stephenson’s class winner, lot 37, Bordley Kilnsey King. This dark blue roan son of Tanat Harlequin and out of Hawksbridge Fantasia was purchased by JM Townsend from Laneshawbridge, Lancashire.
Two bulls sold for 7,000gns, the first from the Droit Herd of Richard Mowbray was lot 10, Droit Jimmy. This almost black bull was a son of Auchenlay Coll and out of the Baron sired cow, Droit Emma. He finds a new home with T M Hill, Riding Mill, Northumberland.
Also at 7,000gns, the Bellas family from Appleby, Cumbria, sold their black and white bull, Croftends Kingston. Out of Croftends Becky and sired by Imperial De L’ Ecluse, Kingston sold to Aucheneck Estates, Killearn, Stirling.
Next at 6,500 gns was lot 31, Brownridge Blues Kingpin from Danny Spours. This son of Mountjoy Utopia was out of College Valley Fifi and boasts growth figures in the top 10% of the breed. Successful purchasers were, again, Aucheneck Estates, who purchased a total of four bulls at the sale.
BLUE LADIES CLASSIC
Topping the Blue Ladies Classic section at 4,200gns was the 1st prize winning and Reserve Female Champion. Lot 47, Abington Liquorice from Lanarkshire breeder Ian McGarva. This 8 month old heifer sired by Lennie Van Het Caloenhof and out of Lukeroyal Guess, won Reserve Junior Female at Stars of the Future 2016. She now joins the Fletcher Hill herd for new breeder, Andrew Bentham of Bishop Auckland. Liquorice also stood Female Champion and Reserve Overall Champion in the Border Club Calf Show earlier in the day.
Selling at 4,000gns was the youngest in the sale, lot 48, the striking Tiplady’s Lexi from Richard Tiplady, Langleydale, Barnard Castle. This June born heifer out of Bedgebury Glamourous and sired by Tweeddale Ironman, who Richard purchased for 14,000gns in May 2015 had been 2nd in her class to the top price Abington Liquorice at the pre-sale show. She was purchased by SG Benson to join his son, Matthew's Mewstone herd based near Ulverston.
The Blue Ladies Classic Champion was lot 44, Drumlone Lindsey, from Kenneth Veitch from Lisbellaw, Northern Ireland. Sired by Twyning Ash Vaughan and out of the Argan De L’Ecluse daughter Tweeddale Ilapa, her showing success includes winning Junior Calf Champion at Balmoral Calf Fair last year. She sold for 3,900gns to Gavin Scott from Linlithgow, the start of a new herd of "Blues".
Also selling at 3,900gns, was lot 45, Brennand Lizzie from JC Walker & Son. Out of the multi show-winning cow Brennand Candy and sired by Blak Du Baty D’Eprave, she found a new home with Messrs. Thompson, East Unthank, Haltwhistle.
Commenting after the sale, British Blue Society Secretary, Andy Ryder,
"This sale proves that buyers are looking for quality blue genetics, to breed top quality carcases to supply what the market demands. There is also a big demand for "Blue" bulls for breeding replacement females."
Averages – 28 bulls £5955, 8 heifers £3629
Lot Price Purchaser
39 11000gns RJ Mowbray, 34 Droit Road, Newtownstewart, Omagh, Co.Tyrone, N.Ireland
3 9500gns H MacDonald, Mains of Dalvey, Cromdale, Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire
2nd prize class 1
32 9500gns J Lee, Morley Hill Farm, Whitfield, Hexham, Northumberland
7 8500gns William McLaren, Muirhouses Farm, Cortachy, Kirriemuir, Angus
1st prize class 1 & Male Champion
15 8500gns JL Hartley, Holdgate Hall, Holdgate, Much Wenlock, Shropshire
1st prize class 3 & Reserve Male Champion
21 7500gns GR & G Brass, Bridge End House, Soulby, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria
2nd prize class 4
37 7500gns JM Townsend, Barnside Hall Farm, Keighley Road, Laneshawbridge, Lancashire
1st prize class 6
10 7000gns TM Hill, Lingey Field, Riding Mill, Northumberland
3rd prize class 2
20 7000gns Auchenneck Estates, Killearn Stirlingshire
1st prize class 4
31 6500gns Auchenneck Estates, Killearn Stirlingshire
2nd prize class 5
47 4200gns AC Bentham, Fletcher Hill Farm, Lambs Bank, Cockfield, Bishop Auckland
1st prize class 8 & Blue Ladies Classic Reserve Champion
48 4000gns SG Benson, Horrace Farm, Pennington, Ulverston, Cumbria
2nd prize class 8
44 3900gns Gavin Scott, Gateside Farm, Linlithgow, West Lothian
1st prize class 7 & Blue Ladies Classic Champion
45 3900gns A Thompson, East Unthank, Haltwhistle, Northumberland
3rd prize class 8
41 3750gns Ben Hardcastle, Owl Croft, Heathfield, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate
2nd prize class 7
Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington