At Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Monday 18th March, The Border British Blue Club held their annual show and sale of primestock in conjunction with Harrison and Hetherington’s weekly primestock sale.
An excellent show of cattle was brought forward for judge Mr Mike Harrison, Harrison Butchers, Wigton, to cast his expert eye over. He awarded the Champion rosette to the first prize heifer, consigned by Messrs Blaylock, Kirkend, Coldstream. This black heifer was sired by Betws Elliot, weighted 662kg, and sold to 219.5ppk or £1453.09 to Mr Charles Kirkpatrick.
Taking Reserve was the first prize steer, from Messrs N Dixon, Low Whinnow Farm, Thursby. This black bullock sold for 682kg, 200.5ppk, £1503.81and was knocked down to Pioneer Foods, Carlisle.
The 1st prize bull was won by Messrs Hill & Devine, Hill End Farm, Biggar and later sold for £1442 to achieve the top overall pence per kilo of 234.5p. This entry was purchased by Ralph Pearson.
In a strong class of cows, Messrs A & CS Comrie, Stonebyres took the top spot with an excellent pedigree bred cow sired by Ballygrange Alex. She weighed 921kg and sold for 144.5ppk or £1330.85 and was purchased by Mr Charles Kirkpatrick.
Prize list as follows:-
CLASS 1 – BRITISH BLUE CROSS – STEER
1st – N Dixon, Low Whinnow Farm, Whinnow, Thursby, Carlisle, Cumbria – 682kg, 200.5ppk, £1503.81
2nd – DJ Livingstone, Kirtlevale, Gretna, Dumfriesshire – 631kg, 217.5ppk, £1372.43
CLASS 2 – BRITISH BLUE CROSS – HEIFER
1st – S & D Blaylock, Kirkend, Birgham, Coldstream, Berwickshire – 662kg, 219.5ppk, £1453.09
2nd – N Dixon, Low Whinnow Farm, Whinnow, Thursby, Carlisle, Cumbria – 582kg, 221.5ppk, £1289.13
CLASS 3– BRITISH BLUE CROSS – CAST COW
1st – A & CS Comrie, Stonebyres Mains, Stonebyres, Lanarkshire 921kg, 144.5ppk, £1330.85
2nd – Maulscastle Farm, 25 Northfield Park, Annan, Dumfriesshire 795kg, 157.5ppk, £1252.13
3rd – Maulscastle Farm, 25 Northfield Park, Annan, Dumfriesshire 806kg, 166.5ppk, £1341.99
CLASS 4 – BRITISH BLUE – PEDIGREE BULL
1st – Messrs Hill & Devine, Hillend Farm, Roberton, Biggar, Lanarkshire – 615kg, 234.5ppk, £1442.18
2nd – JJ Henderson & Son, Park House Farm, Nether Welton, Dalston, Carlisle, Cumbria – 716kg, 177.5ppk, £1270.90
OVERALL CHAMPION – S & D Blaylock, Kirkend, Birgham, Coldstream, Berwickshire (Heifer)
RESERVE OVERALL CHAMPION – N Dixon, Low Whinnow Farm, Whinnow, Thursby, Carlisle, Cumbria