Chelford Show & Sale

Saturday 7th September 2013

Leading Ladies In Demand at Chelford Blue Sale

The British Blue Cattle Society held its 58th National Show and Sale at Chelford, Cheshire, when the demand for females showed, once again, that the Centre attracts a wide range of breeders and enthusiasts from throughout the U.K and Ireland.

Trade for Bulls was, as expected mixed, with strong, fit bulls, ready to work, being sought after, but younger bulls, likely to be requiring wintering before use, less so, with a number of breeders preferring to keep their younger bulls through to offer again for sale in the spring. Two bulls sold for 3,000gns. First up at this price was WAREHAMS GO GET ET, from Jason and Sarah Wareham all the way from Suffolk. This bull by Pendle Valley, and out of Ridge Dean Rowena went to Ayrshire breeder Blaze Tomlinson, Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Clayfields Gunnar

Clayfields Gunnar - 3000gns

Mark Hambleton regularly sells strong, working bulls at the Chelford sales, and this time CLAYFIELDS GUNNAR, in the top 5% of the breed for 400 day growth EBVs, by Empire D’Ochain, out of the Bringlee Talbot sired Holirow Angeldelight Gunner sold for 3,000gns to P L Morris and Sons, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Pre sale show judge Linda Morgan, from Ty-Isaf herd of Blues in Powys, chose as her pre show Champion a December 2011 born bull from Preston Farms, Stranraer . This Quadruple sired bull, Glenpark Gladstone,in the top 5% of the breed for growth, carcase EBV’s and Carcase Profitability Index, out of the Empire daughter Woodview Dainty, displayed impressive figures, as well as type, with a Carcase Profitability Index of 22 against the breed average of 11. He sold for 2,550gns to J A Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire.

Glenpark Gladstone

Glenpark Gladstone - 2,550gns

The other bull out of Preston Farms pen Glenpark Gallant, in the top 10% of the Breed for growth, by Gitan out of Mountjoy Vogue, sold for 2,800gns to E S Roberts & Sons, Heywood, Lancashire.

Once the sale moved on to the Female section, the pace increased with a fast and lively trade throughout, resulting in a complete clearance of both breeding females and young heifers with breeding potential.

Female Champion Almley Gloria - 3800gns

Female Champion Almley Gloria - 3800gns

The Female Championship was awarded to ALMELEY GLORIA, in the top 5% of the Breed for Calving Ease Direct, by the highly rated Drybarrows Cawdale, whose male progeny have been selling so well recently. This heifer, out of the Park Thunderbolt sired Hillside Cheyanne had attracted a large amount of pre sale interest, resulting in fierce bidding from a number of breeders before she was knocked down at 3,800gns to Jeff and Lorraine Dunn for their Highridge Herd in Devon.

The long trip from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, proved well worthwhile for Mel and Diane Lucas when their June 2010 born heifer LUKEROYAL FIZZ, with very easy calving figures, due in December, to home bred bull Lukeroyal George, with her selling for 2,850gns, by the Dafydd sired Battle Axe, and out of the Twyning Ash born sired Lukeroyal Calypso, she went to Chesterfield, Derbyshire with I Rowe; their June 2008 born cow, Lukeroyal Dior, with a Carcase Profitability Index in the top 10% of the breed, by Twyning Ash Vaughan and out of the Serum sired Lukeroyal Wonderful, and in calf to the double muscled Limousin bull Gamble for February, made 2,750gns to G H B Farms, Chesterfield.

It was, however, the young heifers that attracted most interest. The New Close herd has been growing in quality in recent years and the best of their young heifers, the June 2012 born New Close Hayley,in the top 20% for 400 day weight EBV’ and Carcase Profitability Index, made 2,600gns. By Colos Van Daisel and out of the Blak Du Baty sired Cilla Black, she carried impressive profitability index figures and went to Northamptonshire with Jo Adams who was in again for the October 2012 born Tanat Hopeful, a heifer in the top 10% for growth, from Wynne Jones, Oswestry. This Bringlee Waldo sired heifer, out of Ridge Dean Evelyn made 2,350gns, whilst at the same price Rachel Brindley sold her heifer Blueberry Gaynor to P L Morris & Son.

Auctioneer Gwyn Williams commented that the strength and depth of trade for quality breeding females was encouraging for the breed, and that it was pleasing to see so many breed enthusiasts gathered at Chelford once again.

Following on from a ‘respectable’ trade in the pedigree ring, the crossbred entry received sturdy interest from commercial feeders and breeders alike.

Finisher and showman Andrew White made the journey from Goole, East Yorkshire to judge the crossbreds and was suitably impressed with the line-up. He eventually awarded the Championship to renowned Northants Showman Frank Page with a very stylish heifer born last October. Mr White later backed his judgment buying the heifer at £1750 and also securing the Reserve Champion, another heifer from the same stable, at £1800.

Reserve Champion Commercial from F Page - £1800

Reserve Champion Commercial from Frank Page - £1800

Top priced and Champion steer was another from Frank Page’s pen, a proper Christmas Primestock steer, the winning bid of £1700 coming from father and son outfit, John and Sam Madeley, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.

Tremendous interest from commercial beef breeders ensured a terrific level of trade for future cow-makers and the day’s leading price was reserved for the penultimate lot of the sale. Pedigree breeders DW & LE Morgan, Ty Isaf, consigned a pair of heifers suitable for the pedigree classes and were rewarded with top calls of £2500 and £2000, the successful purchaser on both occasions was J.O Adams & Son Ltd, Northants.

Other leading prices included a very smart youngster from MJ Wells & Son, Monyash Nr Bakewell which realised £1600 and a heifer at £1500 from regular Chelford supporters John & Denise Davies, Clifton under Dunsmore.

Speaking after the sale; Auctioneer Jonathan Farrall professed himself to be “delighted with the quality of the entry”, a statement that is endorsed by the averages of £1700 for steers and £1694.44 for heifers.


9 Pedigree Bulls £2,782.50

9 Pedigree Females £2,671

Crossbred Steers £1,700

Crossbred Heifers £1,694

The prize money was generously sponsored by the Farmers Guardian and Weatherbys DNA Laboratory.

Show Results

Pedigree Classes

Class 5 - Pedigree Male born between 24th January 2011 to 26th July 2011

1st Lot 7 Gregmaur General – Mr & Mrs D Gregory

2nd Lot 3 Warehams Go Get Em – James & Sarah Wareham

3rd Lot 4 Lukeroyal George – M J Lucas

4th Lot 6 Glenpark Galant – K Preston ( Preston Farms)

5th Lot 5 Hartley Granite – Mr T H Mountford

Class 6 – Pedigree Male born between 19th September 2011 to 23rd December 2011

1st Lot 14 Glenpark Gladstone - K Preston ( Preston Farms)

2nd Lot 13 Crackley Bank Griffin – Mr Paul Walker

3rd Lot 9 Chatham Guard – Messrs J M Morrison & Son

4th Lot 10 Chatham Gunner - Messrs J M Morrison & Son

Class 7 – Pedigree Male born between 2nd January 2012 to 23rd February 2012

1st Lot 20 Dymond Blue Harvey Moon – Mr & Mrs N Jenkinson

2nd Lot 18 Boomer Hoorah – Pasturefields Livestock

3rd Lot 19 Cromwell Hoff – D H Plested

4th Lot 17 Faughanvale Harrison – Mr Oliver McGuiness

Class 8 – Pedigree Male born between 4th August 2012 to 5th January 2013

1st Lot 22 Chalford Manor Iceman – D H Plested

Class 9 – Pedigree Female on or between 6th June 2008 to 2nd June 2010

1st Lot 23 Lukeroyal Dior – M J Lucas

2nd Lot 24 Lukeroyal Fizz – M J Lucas

Class 10 – Pedigree Female born between 19th March 2011 to 22nd November 2011

1st Lot 28 Almeley Gloria – Mr G I Morgan

2nd Lot 25 Blueberry Gaynor – Miss Rachel Brindley

3rd Lot 30 Cowden Gold – A & K M Barnes

Class 11 - Pedigree Female born on or between 4th January 2012 to 25th May 2012

1st Lot 32 Chalford Manor Hilda – D H Plested

2nd Lot 38 New Close Hetty – I E Wilson

Class 12 – Pedigree Female born on or between 30th June 2012 to 3rd October 2012

1st Lot 39 New Close Hayley – I E Wilson

2nd Lot 42 Tanat Hopeful – W R & W W Jones

3rd Lot 40 Crackley Bank Holly Deva – Mr Paul Walker

Supreme & Male Champion

Lot 14 Glenpark Gladstone - K Preston ( Preston Farms)

Reserve Male Champion

Lot 20 Dymond Blue Harvey Moon – Mr & Mrs N Jenkinson

Reserve Supreme & Female Champion

Lot 28 Almeley Gloria – Mr G I Morgan

Reserve Female Champion

Lot 32 Chalford Manor Hilda – D H Plested

Commercial Classes

Class 1 – Halter led steer of Show Potential

1st Lot 204 F Page

Class 2 - Halter led heifer of Show Potential

1st Lot 203 F Page

2nd Lot 202 F Page

3rd Lot 210 M J Wells & Son

4th Lot 207 J L & D A Davies

5th Lot 206 J L & D A Davies

Class 3 – Haltered steer, judged in pen

No entries

Class 4 – Haltered heifer, judged in pen

1st Lot 208 J L & D A Davies

2nd Lot 209 J L & D A Davies

Champion Crossbred & Best Crossbred Heifer

Lot 203 F Page

Reserve Champion Crossbred

Lot 202 F Page

Best Crossbred Steer

1st Lot 204 F Page

  • 001 Class 1 Presentation
  • 002 Judge Andrew White
  • 003 Class 2 Presentation
  • 004 Comm. Championship
  • 005 Comm. Championship
  • 006 Comm Champion Presentation
  • 007 Comm. Champion Presentation
  • 008 Comm. Championship Line-up
  • 011 Class 5 Presentation
  • 012 Judge Linda Morgan
  • 013 Judge Linda Morgan
  • 014 Class 5 Line-up
  • 015 Class 6 Presentation
  • 016 Class 6 Line-up
  • 017 Judging Class 7
  • 018 Class 7 Line-up
  • 019 Class 7 Presentation
  • 020 Class 7 Line-up
  • 021 Class 8 Presentation
  • 022 Judging Male Championship
  • 023 Male Champion Presentation
  • 024 Res. Male Champion Presentation
  • 026 Class 9 Presetation
  • 027 Judging Class 10
  • 028 Class 10 Presentation
  • 029 Class 10 Line-up
  • 030 Class 11 Presentation
  • 031 Judging Class 12
  • 032 Class 12 Presentation
  • 033 Class 12 Line-up
  • 034 Female Champion Presentation
  • 035 Female Champion Presentation
  • 036 Judging Supreme Championship
  • 038 Supreme Champion Presentation
  • 039 Supreme Champion Presentation
  • 041 Reserve Champion Presentation