Chelford Summer Sale

Saturday 2nd July 2011


The long awaited arrival of hay making weather caused concern amongst British Blue breeders that trade would be adversely affected at their 54th National Show and Sale at Chelford. Despite another excellent sunny day, however, trade was extremely buoyant throughout, particularly for Bulls ready to work, and top quality breeding Heifers. Breeders from all over the UK put forward another excellent selection of stock, which attracted buyers from far and wide, once again, establishing the importance of the “Blue” in the UK Beef Industry.

Champion female - Chalford Manor Elite - 5000gns

Chalford Manor Elite

The day’s top price of 5000gns was paid for the Female Champion at Friday’s show, judged this year by nationally known pedigree and commercial livestock breeder John Hall, of Dalston, Carlisle. Chalford Manor Elite, an outstanding January 2009 born Heifer from David Plested was by the powerful sire Tamhorn Sumo and out of Lukeroyal Wee Beauty. She was sold in-calf to the Limousin and went home with G E Davies & Son, Newtown, Powys.

Ashledge Emale

Ashledge Emale

Supreme Champion at Friday’s show was the top priced bull, Ashledge Emale, from A G Kirton & Sons. This powerful July ’09, Bringlee Volkawagon son, was out of their home bred cow Ashledge Angleina and realised 4000gns to Messrs. Baldwin of Wigan, Greater Manchester.

Graymar Europe

Graymar Europe

Matthew Jones, from Hadnall, Shrewsbury saw his bull Graymar Europe, realise 3800gns. This November 2009 son of Sjaka Zoeloe Van Zwaanhof, and out of the Blak Du Baty sired Royal Deeside Abigail make 3800gns to J S Stevenson, Skipton.

Inishfree Erazmus

Inishfree Erazmus

Next in line was another powerful Bull, the Reserve Male Champion, Inishfree Erazmus from Nottinghamshire based Alan Bromyard. Erazmus was a Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur son, out of Inishfree Willow and made 3500 gns to commercial producers Messrs. Mycock and Bright.

Also making 3500 gns was the first bull in the ring, the May 2007 born Newton Blues Chico from Messrs. AM & E Hartley, Lancashire who went home to Oswestry with S Hudson.

New Close Express Star

New Close Express Star

Another young Bull to attract attention came from regular Chelford supporters, Messrs. Wilson. New Close Express Star, a Bringlee Blackstar son made, 3300 gns to J H Pridgeon, Louth, Lincolnshire.

Lukeroyal Ellen

Lukeroyal Ellen

Cwm Eryr - 3100gns

Cwm Eryr - 3100gns

Returning to the Females, demand was again exceptionally strong. The Reserve Female Champion came from Shropshire based Drew Coppinger, fresh from completing the 3 Peaks challenge for charity the previous day. The August 2009 born Lukeroyal Ellen, made 3300 gns also returning to Skipton with Mr.Stevenson. Another strong Heifer from David Plested, Chalford Manor Echo, by Gitan and out of the Vigoureux sired Court Ursula made 2900 gns to Messrs. Greenwood, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire.

Boomer FCUK - 3000gns

Boomer FCUK - 3000gns

Messrs Redhead and Watson, quietly building up their excellent Tweeddale herd near Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, made their first appearance selling stock at Chelford and were rewarded with an excellent trade for a pen of top quality young Heifers. The September 2010 born Tweeddale Fantasia stood first in the junior Heifer class and, along with the rest of the pen attracted a lot of interest pre-sale. Fantasia, a lovely Empire D’Ochain daughter, out of Jobarde De Fooz made 2800 gns to Messrs. Stevenson, Boardley Green, with strong competition from a number of established breeders.



What the Commercial entry lacked in numbers was compensated for by quality, the resulting trade being nothing less than ‘scorching’.


Champion Commercial from TM & EE Williams - £1700

Top call of £1900 was paid for Nigel Pritchard’s very sweet 6 month old heifer, which had stood first in her class and Reserve Champion Crossbred. The heifer was, without doubt, a very exciting prospect for the future and was snapped up by Kevin Watret of Annan, Dumfriesshire.

Commercial Champion

Female Commercial Champion - £1900 from N Pritchard

Commercial Judge Neil Lloyd had the difficult task of choosing a Champion, eventually he picked a powerful 10 month steer from Messrs. TM & EE Williams, Llandidloes. The hammer fell at £1700 to R J Clayton, Bradford.

Newtown breeders and regular Chelford supporters Messrs. Morgan put forward a stunning pure heifer from their Ty Isaf herd. She sold for £1650 to H Evans, Ruthin. Trade for heifers to breed remained strong throughout. Rob Jones of Kerry saw his 9 month heifer make £1420 and Boomer Birch put forward a very stylish commercial heifer to make £1380 to local suckler man, Brian Taylor, Scholar Green.


Pedigree Bulls £2915
Pedigree Females £2222
Crossbred Steers £1073
Crossbred Heifers £1252

Leading Prices:

Lot 9  4000gns
Lot 17 3800gns
Lot 8  3500gns
Lot 1  3500gns
Lot 16 3300gns
Lot 18 3100gns

Lot 52 5000gns
Lot 55 3300gns
Lot 53 2900gns
Lot 83 2800gns
Lot 59 2400gns
Lot 60 2350gns

Show class results

Pedigree Classes

Class 5 - Pedigree Male born 29th May 2007 and 2nd December 2008

1st  Lot 1 Newton Blues Chico – A M & E Hartley

2nd Lot 2 Penfro Domino – Messrs G G Jenkins & Sons

3rd Lot 3 Penfro Defender - Messrs G G Jenkins & Sons

Class 6 – Pedigree Male born between 22nd February 2009 and 16th August 2009

1st  Lot 9 Asledge Emale – A G Kirton & Sons

2nd Lot 8 Inishfree Erazmus - Mr Alan Bromyard

3rd Lot 5 Penfro Edward - Messrs G G Jenkins & Sons

4th  Lot 13   Pendle Elvis - A M & E Hartley

Class 7 – Pedigree Male born between 1st October 2009 and 7th December 2009

1st  Lot 14 Graymar Eccles – Mr Matthew Jones

2nd Lot 20 Tweeddale Expert – Redhead & Watson

3rd Lot 17 Graymar Europe - Mr Matthew Jones

4th Lot 15 Llanymynach Energiser – Mr & Mrs Tim Bodily

5th Lot 18  Cwm Eryr – Arwel Wyn Jones

Class 8 – Pedigree Male born between 5th January 2010 and 16th July 2010

1st Lot 23 Clayfields Fabio – Mr M Hambleton

2nd Lot 27  Clayfields Fernando – Mr M Hambleton

3rd Lot 26  Hawthorne Fabio – Mr John Mawer

4th Lot 29  Every Freddie – Mr Geoffrey Mellin

Class 9 – Pedigree Female born between 20th February 2005 and 5th December 2009

1st   Lot 52  Chalford Manor Elite – D H Plested

2nd Lot 55  Lukeroyal Ellen – A J Coppinger

3rd Lot 53  Chalford Manor Echo – D H Plested

4th Lot 56  Norbreck Estelle – Norbreck Genetics Ltd

Class 10 – Pedigree Female born between 24th January 2010 and 21st March 2010

1st Lot 58  Norton Fleur – Mr Nigel Pritchard

2nd Lot 67  Boomer FCUK – Pasturefields Livestock

3rd Lot 64  Brookley Blue Fantasia – Mr J Taylor

4th Lot 60  Hartley Fantasia – Mr T H Mountford

5th Lot 59  Chalford Manor Foxy Lady – D H Plested

Class 11 – Pedigree Female born between 22nd April 2010 and 1st June 2010

1st Lot 70  Norbreck Fantasia - Norbreck Genetics Ltd

2nd Lot 72  Oxcroft Floria – Messrs J & J Green

3rd Lot 71  Oxcroft Florin - Messrs J & J Green

4th Lot 74  Oxcroft Forever Nymph - Messrs J & J Green

Class 12 – Pedigree Female born between 20th July 2010 and 18th December 2010

1st  Lot 83 Tweeddale Fantasia - Redhead & Watson

2nd Lot 82   Tweeddale Fraya - Redhead & Watson

3rd Lot 77 Oxcroft Frosty Nymph - Messrs J & J Green

4th Lot 78 Tweeddale Fidela - Redhead & Watson

Supreme & Male Champion

Lot 9 Asledge Emale – A G Kirton & Sons

Reserve Supreme & Reserve Male Champion

Lot 8 Inishfree Erazmus - Mr Alan Bromyard

Female Champion

Lot 52   Chalford Manor Elite – D H Plested

Reserve Female Champion

Lot 55   Lukeroyal Ellen – A J Coppinger

Commercial Classes

Class 1 – Halter led steer of Show Potential

1st Lot 203  T M & E E Williams

2nd Lot 211  G E Davies & Sons

3rd Lot 210  G E Davies & Sons

4th Lot 215  J & J Green

5th Lot 217  J & D Davies

Class 2 - Halter led heifer of Show Potential

1st  Lot 221  N Pritchard

2nd Lot 225  N Pritchard

3rd Lot 204  B L & J E Griffiths

4th Lot 209  G E Davies & Sons

5th Lot 228  R M Birch

Class 3 – Haltered steer, judged in pen

1st  Lot 207  W R B & P Jones

2nd Lot 212  G E Davies & Sons

3rd Lot 205  B L & J E Griffiths

Class 4 – Haltered heifer, judged in pen

1st  Lot 208  W R B & P Jones

2nd Lot 223  N Pritchard

3rd Lot 224  N Pritchard

Supreme Champion Crossbred & Champion Steer

Lot 203  T M & E E Williams

Reserve Champion Crossbred & Champion Heifer

Lot 221  N Pritchard

Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer

Lot 211  G E Davies & Sons

Reserve Champion Crossbred Heifer

Lot 225  N Pritchard