British Blue breeders enjoyed a bumper days trading at the Border British Blue Club’s Twenty-fifth Annual Spring Show & Sale at Carlisle on Saturday 16 May.
Top call of the day was 16,000gns and a further three bulls broke the five figure barrier. There was a strong commercial trade throughout the day and buyers keenly bidding on animals which met their criteria. There was a good number of females offered for sale with maiden heifers averaging £2,968. The auctioneer worked tirelessly to maintain the trade throughout the day’s proceedings.
The show and sale was kindly sponsored by Cogent Signature Beef & Show Winners.
The judge, newly appointed Society President John Hall, Inglewood Edge, Dalston had the unenviable task of judging the 11 classes and championships the day prior to the sale. John made some sound judgements, as most of the top priced animals had been placed in their classes.
Five years after Andrew Kay, Gass Farm, Straiton, Ayrshire made his debut to Carlisle & topped the market at the same sale with his reserve senior male champion, Gass Cheggers, Andrew Kay, presented Gass Iron Man which was knocked down for the same price of 16,000gns to V & G Bowring, Lakeside Cottage, The Park, Mansfield Notts. Iron Man stood 1st in his class, Senior Male Champion, Reserve Overall Male Champion & Reserve Supreme Champion. He is an exceptionally long, nearly all black, 26 month old bull by the noted show winning sire Solway View Firecracker (SR) and out of a homebred cow Gass Cindy ET.
The Reserve Senior Male Champion from Redhead & Watson of the Tweeddale Herd based in the Borders was next in the price ratings at 14,000gns. Tweeddale Ironman, a son of their homebred bull Tweeddale Fireman and out of Tweeddale Fee who is a sister to the noted Tweeddale Ebony. Ironman, who qualified as a “Superior Carcase Sire,” was sold to RJ Tiplady, Littlebeck, Ovington, Richmond, N Yorkshire to join his Tipladys Herd. Jonathan & Jayne Watson also win the Border Club Special trophy for the highest priced animal owned by a member of the Club. This is a replacement trophy in Memory of Brian Wheatley. The Brian Wheatley Memorial Trophy will replace the old trophy.
Jason & Sarah Wareham of the Warehams herd made a worthwhile journey from Heathfield, East Sussex with their string of bulls & females to sell for their top price of the day 10,500gns with a 3rd prize winning bull Warehams Ironman ET from the Argan De L’Ecluse (IS) and Warehams Florence flush. This 25 month old bull was shown successfully last summer and finds his new home with DR Owen & Son, Sandilands Farm, Tywyn, Gwynedd.
Next in the price ratings was a Junior bull who stood 4th in his class, Homilton Iceman ET, a 24 month old Black and White bull by the Bringlee Carlos (SR) and Ridge Dean Rita flush. Iceman was shown by local enthusiast Roly Carr from Capheaton, Newcastle upon Tyne and was knocked down for 10,000gns to AHJ Jones & Son, Glandwr, Talgarth, Brecon, Powys.
Also hitting the high spots at 9,500gns was The Junior Male Champion, Overall Male Champion & Supreme Champion from Graham Morgan. Littlederry Icon, a 22 month old blue roan son by Ballygrange Dalton and out of Littlederry Dusty was bred by Simon Loughery. Icon was successfully knocked down to L & E Fowlie, Guise, Alford, Aberdeenshire.
Also on 9,500gns, was the 1st prize winning bull Luce Water Isaac ET, shown by Ben Haigh, Low Gate, Hexham. This eye-catching 24 month old, black & white bull out of the Giga Du Bois De Remont and Bringlee Sandy ET flush sold to Crow Hall Farms Ltd, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland.
Preston Farms, Barhills, Kirkcolm, Stranraer bought the next highest price bull Almeley Invincible from the same stable as the Supreme Champion for 8,500gns. This powerful 25 month old bull by Graham Morgan’s stock bull Drybarrows Cawdale who sold for 12,500gns Carlisle May 2009 and out of the homebred cow Almeley Dipsy.
For the same price tag, 8,500gns was the Reserve Junior Male Champion from Martin Bros, Newtownards, Co. Down. Springhill Icon, a 23 month old son by Imperial De L’Ecluse (IS) and out of the homebred cow Springhill Cathy travels to Richmond for JR & A Blades, Scarr House, Muker.
GW & K Williams, Lampeter, Ceredigion took their 3rd prize winning bull into the ring and was bid to 8,200gns for Dragon Blues Iestyn ET a 23 month old son of the Imperial De L’Ecluse (IS) and Dragon Blues Beca ET Flush. He was purchased by EH Pennie & Son, Gwern Yr Ychain, Llandyssil, Montgomery, Powys.
Also selling at 8,200gns was Lukeroyal Isaiah ET from regular consignors Mel & Diane Lucas, Co. Antrim. This mainly black, stylish 19 month old bull from the Droit Ebenezer ET and Lukeroyal Eva ET flush was knocked down to L Guy & Son, Home Farm, Gilmonby, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham.
Next in the price ratings, from A & I MacInness, Isle of Tiree, Argyll was Ruaig Icon by Ruaig Ex Factor and out of Ruaig Donna. Icon stood 2nd in his class and was successfuly purchased for 8,000gns by R Thornton & Son, Cornhills, Kirkwhelpington, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
The leading female price of 6,500gns went to the aforementioned Jason & Sarah Wareham of the Warehams Herd with Tamhorn Eden ET who was bred by Danny & Jane Wyllie. Eden is by the noted Ballygrange Alex and Gregmaur Brandy flush. She sold with her heifer calf at foot Warehams Jammie Dodger. This exceptionally well bred unit was keenly bid for and joins the herd of GA Jones, Bod Y Chain Uchaf, Nasareth, Caernarfon.
The Reserve Female Champion sold for 5,000gns to the aforementioned EH Pennie & Son, Gwern Yr Ychain. Rockfield Holly ET from the Dafydd D’Ochain and Rockfield Faith ET flush was exhibited by Oliver McGuinness, Co. Londonderry.
JE Bellas & Son, Croft Ends Farm, Appleby took their single entry & 3rd prize winning heifer into the ring and was bid to 4,500gns for Croftends Izzy ET. This February 2013 born heifer from the Cromwell Fendt (SR) and Croftends Becky ET flush was successfully purchased by JE Lancaster, Roseleigh, Appleby to join his Fell View Herd.
Mark & Elaine Hartley, Nelson, Lancs sold their 1st prize winning junior heifer to MJA Ward & Daughters, York House Farm, Whitby, N Yorkshire for 4,000gns. Pendle Juliette, a sweet blue and white, 10 month old heifer by Greystone Carbon and out of the homebred cow Pendle Freya.
30 senior bulls £5929.00
41 junior bulls £5582.93
71 bulls overall £5729.16 (plus £622.76)
15 maiden heifers £2968.00
3 heifers served and/or suckling £3920.00
2 recipients either suckling ET calf or carrying ET calf £2782.50
JW Kay & Sons ‘Gass Iron Man’ 16,000gns to V & G Bowring, Lakeside Cottage, The Park, Nether Langwith, Mansfield, Notts. 1st in class 2, Senior Male, Reserve Overall & Reserve Supreme Champion
Redhead & Watson ‘Tweeddale Ironman’ 14,000gns to RJ Tiplady, Littlebeck, Ovington, Richmond, N.Yorkshire. 1st in class 3 & Reserve Senior Champion
Jason & Sarah Wareham’s ‘Warehams Ironman ET’ 10,500gns to DR Owen & Son, Sandilands Farm, Tywyn, Gwynedd. 3rd in class 3
Roly Carr’s ‘Homilton Iceman ET’ 10,000gns to AHJ Jones & Son, Glandwr, Talgarth, Brecon, Powys. 4th in class 5
Ben Haigh’s ‘Luce Water Isaac ET’ 9,500gns to Crowhall Farms Ltd, Crow Hall, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland. 1st in class 4
GL & KS Morgan’s ’Littlederry Icon’ 9,500gns to L & E Fowlie, Guise, Alford, Aberdeenshire. 1st in class 6, Junior Male, Overall Male & Supreme Champion
GL & KS Morgan’s ‘Almeley Invincible’ 8,500gns to Preston Farms, Barnhills, Kirkcolm, Stranraer.
Martin Brothers ‘Springhill Icon’ 8,500gns to JR & A Blades, Scarr House, Muker, Richmond, N.Yorkshire. 2nd in class 2 & Reserve Junior Male Champion
GW & K Williams ‘Dragon Blues Iestyn Et’ 8,200gns to EH Pennie & Son, Gwern Yr Ychain, Llandyssil, Montgomery, Powys. 3rd in class 6
MJ & D Lucas’ ‘Lukeroyal Isaiah ET’ 8,200gns to L Guy & Son, Home Farm, Gilmonby, Barnard Castle, Co.Durham. 5th in class 8
A & I MacInnes’ ‘Ruaig Icon’ 8,000gns to R Thornton & Son, Cornhills, Kirkwhelpington, Newcastle upon Tyne. 2nd in class 5
Maureen & Roy Gregory’s ‘Gregmaur Imperial’ 7,200gns to Fristling Hall Farms Ltd, Fristling Hall, Stock, Ingatestone, Essex. 1st in class 7
Richard J Mowbray’s ‘Droit Highlander ET’ 7,000gns to DC Rees & Son, Pencrug Farm, Cradoc Road, Brecon, Powys. 3rd in class 1
GL & KS Morgan’s Littlederry Iggy’ 6,800gns to R Hall & Son, Inglewood Edge, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria.
Paul Walker’s ‘Crackley Bank Ironman ET 6,800gns to C & JM Kearton, Wyse Hill Farm, Startforth, Barnard Castle, Co.Durham. 4th in class 6
Richard J Mowbray’s ‘Droit Irishman ET 6,800gns to EW & JR Parkinson, Hareden Hall Farm, Dunsop Bridge, Clitheroe, Lancs. 2nd in class 7
H & S Maudsley’s ‘Littlebank Imperial’ 6,600gns to S Fawcett, Fold House Farm, Drebley, Skipton, N.Yorkshire. 4th in class 3
Martin Brothers’ ‘Springhill Imp’ 6,500gns to Crowhall Farms Ltd, Crow Hall, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland. 1st in class 1
GW & K Williams’ ‘Dragon Blues Izuzu’ 6,500gns to MJ Wells & Son, 1 Ash Grange, Monyash, Nr Bakewell, Derbyshire.
GL & KS Morgan ‘Almeley Impressive’ 6,500gns to Morris Bros, Whitcott Evan Farm, Clun, Craven Arms, Shropshire. 5th in class 5
A & I MacInnes ‘Ruaig Island Boy’ 6,200gns to EA Davies, Pantmaenog, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire. 3rd in class 5
Richard J Mowbray’s ‘Droit Indiana’ 6,000gns Half Share:
TH Harrison & Sons, Green Farm, Wet Sleddale, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria.
MTP & SD Wills, Fawcett Park Farm, Dufton, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. 2nd in class 2
AM & E Hartley ‘Pendle Inky Black’ 6,000gns to Messrs Pearson, Manor Farm, Blencow, Penrith, Cumbria. 3rd in class 4
GL & KS Morgan’s ‘Almeley Imperial’ 6,000gns to TC Edwards & Sons, Pencraig Fawr, Betws Gwerfil Goch, Corwen, Clwyd.
Jason & Sarah Wareham’s Tamhorn Eden ET’ and her heifer calf at foot ‘Warehams Jammie Dodger’ 6,500gns to GA Jones, Bod Ychain Uchaf, Nasareth, Caernarfon, Gwynedd.
1st in class 11
Oliver McGuinness’ ‘Rockfield Holly ET’ 5,000gns to EH Pennie & Son, Gwern Yr Ychain, Llandyssil, Montgomery, Powys. 2nd in class 9 & Reserve Female Champion
JE Bellas & Son’s ‘Croftends Izzy ET’ 4,500gns to JE Lancaster, Roseleigh, Sandford, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. 3rd in class 9
AM & E Hartley’s ‘Pendle Juliette’ 4,000gns to MJA Ward Daughters, York House Farm, Glazedale, Whitby, N.Yorkshire. 1st in class 10
Kevin Watret’s ‘Solway View Jelly Baby ET’ 3,500gns to H Maudsley, Littlebank Bungalow, Rathmell, Settle, N.Yorkshire. 2nd in class 10
Richard J Mowbray’s ‘Droit Jessie ET’ 3,000gns to G Patterson, Upper Forgie, Keith, Banffshire.
AM & E Hartley’s ‘Pendle Jazz’ 3,000gns to MJA Ward Daughters, York House Farm, Glazedale, Whitby, N.Yorkshire. 3rd in class 10
GL & KS Morgan’s ‘Almeley Kane ET’ 2,800gns to Fristling Hall Farms Ltd, Fristling Hall, Stock, Ingatestone, Essex.
Redhead & Watson’s Recipient carrying ET Calf
Sire Ballygrange Alex
Dam Tweeddale Enhance ET
2,500gns to JE Lancaster, Roseleigh, Sandford, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria.