British Blue Cattle Society Spring Show & Sale

19th May 2018

British Blue breeders enjoyed a successful day’s trading at the Border British Blue Club’s Twenty-eighth Annual Spring Show & Sale at Carlisle on Saturday 19th May when Almeley Kendrick ET (lot 2) shown by GL Morgan & Solway View Levi ET (Lot 50) sold for the joint top price of 10,000gns. Kendrick was the second bull through the ring from the Drybarrows Cawdale & Rosemount Faith flush.  This September 2015 born bull sold to JR Cussons & Son, Morrra Head Farm, Scarborough.

Almeley Kendrick – 10,000gns

Also on 10,000gns from Kevin Watret was Solway View Levi ET, who stood first in his class and one of four Superior Carcase Sire Bulls in the sale, with 400-day growth rates in the top 5% of the breed and Carcase Profitability figure of +18 (Breed average +12), this October 2016 born son of the Solway View Firecracker & Bringlee Evadine flush sold to RA Cadzow, Inland Pasture Farm, Berwick upon Tweed. Kevin also wins the ‘Brian Wheatley Memorial Trophy’ for the highest priced animal owned by a member of the Border British Blue Club.

Solway View Levi – 10,000gns

A further 5 bulls all sold at 6,000gns or above with a clearance of 87% for the bulls. Topping the females at 4,500gns was Richard Tiplady’s Tipladys Malibu (lot 85).

The show and sale was kindly sponsored by Show Winners & David Allen.  Border Cars & Northern Boiler Grants sponsored the overall champion and reserve overall champion.

The judge, Will McLaren, Muirhouses, Kirriemuir, Angus had the task of judging the 9 classes and championships the day prior to the sale.  The supreme champion, Stonebyres Minstrel (lot 64) offered by Blair & Shona Comrie left the sale ring unsold.

Stonebyres Minstrel – Overall Champion

Next in the price ratings, was our Senior Male Champion, Top Side Lewis (lot 25) from Ross & Elaine Pattinson.  An exceptionally powerful 2 year old bull by Naby Golddust ET and out of the homebred cow Lexis Hottie by Boherard Cantona ET.  He was purchased as a half share by A & F Baillie, Low Glasnick Farm, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart & A & J Baillie, Challochglass, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart.

Also on 8,000gns, was Luce Water Lionking ET from Ben Haigh.  An eye-catching 21 month old black & white bull from the Solway View Firecracker & Stowbeck Freda ET flush.  He stood fourth in his class and goes to Raine & Davidson, Thorney Gale, Kirkby Stephen.

Also hitting the high spots on 7,000gns, was Almeley Lallana (lot 22) from GL Morgan, a 23 month old bull by Pinnacle Hero ET and out of their homebred cow Goodlooking.  Lallana stood third in his class and was knocked down to EA Davies & Son, Upper Court Farm, Hereford.

Two bull entries sold for 6,000gns each, AM & E Hartley’s Pendle Lion Heart (lot 36) was first through the ring.  He had stood 2nd in his class.  Lion Heart a 21 month old blue roan bull, by Jalon de Martinpre and out of Pendle Glitzy ET was knocked down to W Robertson & Son, Fodderletter, Ballindalloch.

Also selling at the same price was Goodyhills Maverick (lot 63) shown by Neil & Irene Armstrong.  This 16 month old son of Stonebyres Hartley and out of their homebred cow Isabella was sold to Liam Yewdale, Atkinson’s Wood & Drummer, Great Ayton, Cleveland.

The leading female price went to Richard Tiplady for his 1st prize winning heifer Tipladys Malibu (lot 85).  This stylish 11 month old heifer by Tweeddale Ironman and out of his homebred J Taime ET was sold for 4,500gns to J Crowther, Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Next on 4,000gns was the first prize winning heifer, female champion and winner of the Challenge Trophy for the best animal opposite sex to the champion.  Black N Blue Lady Llloyd (lot 72) from Neil & Sally Lloyd, a 2 year old heifer by Jiosco de Focant and out of Black N Blue Empress  sold to SJ Balfour, Foddderletter, Ballindalloch.

26 Senior Bulls                                £5060.19
18 Junior Bulls                                 £4690.00
44 Bulls Overall                               £4908.75

17 Maiden Heifers                                       £2859.70
1 Served Heifer                               £2625.00
4 Recipients with ET Calves          £3491.25

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.

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.

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.