'Old Stackyard Blues' Charity Sale Raises Over £16,900

22nd May 2018

More than £16,900 was raised for two charities at the Society’s May sales fixture in Carlisle when Welsh Borders breeder Emyr Wigley offered five heifers and a young bull.

Old Stackyard Blues

These were the first registered progeny to be sold from his recently established Old Stackyard Blues herd at Llansantffraid, Powys.

The herd was established two years ago by Mr Wigley with the sole purpose of generating funds for Ovarian Cancer Action and RABI, his wife Evelyn having died from ovarian cancer.

He intends to sell all future registered males and females from the 19-strong herd, at the Carlisle May sale in aid of the charities.

His top this year was 3,800gns (£3,990 with auctioneers’ commission thrown in). The January 2017 heifer Old Stackyard Blues Mo-No, which came second in class, is by the Empire D’Ochain son Boherard Cantona and out a Tamhorn Enterprising daughter, one of his foundation cows bought from the Stonebyres herd.

Old Stackyard Blues

The February 2017 bull Stonebyres Merlin, which had been bought from Messrs Comrie suckling its dam, sold at 2,900gns (£3,045). Three of the other heifers sold were by Kersey Geronimo and a fourth by the Tamhorn sire.

The Old Stackyard Blues herd now comprises two bulls and 17 females of which 11 are currently breeding cows.

Mr Wigley said he was delighted with the trade for his stock at Carlisle and was also grateful to Harrison and Hetherington for contributing their commission to the cause.

“But the other thing that has been so pleasing about all this has been the wonderful people it has brought me into contact with – people in the breed I had never known before,” said Mr Wigley.

BBCS secretary Andy Ryder said the Society was pleased to continue supporting Mr Wigley in his commendable initiative.