The Annual January British Blue Society Sale was held at Carlisle on Friday and a smaller entry than normal saw a great demand for bulls with the resulting average being up over £1000 on the previous year.
Topping the sale at 12,000gns was Devine Optimist from Martyn Hill & Jenny Devine. This bull was sired by the prolific Dafydd D’Ochain and out of Tweeddale Inhance a Tweeddale Ebony daughter. Optimist attracted a great deal of interest around the ring and the successful purchaser was Messrs Tiplady from Langleydale, Barnard Castle.
Two bulls sold for the next best price of 11,500gns. The first of these was Stewart Gill’s Hallfield Nixon who was purchased by Messrs Allinson from Baldersdale, Barnard Castle. Nixon was sired by Tenace De La Praule and out of Greystone Lilia.
Henry Jewitt’s Sunnybank Orlando was the other bull to achieve 11,500gns. This son of 15,000gns Bedgebury Kent had previously won 1st prize bull calf and Reserve Male Champion at Agri Expo 2019 and Male Champion at the Border British Blue Club Calf Show in Jan 2020. Orlando’s dam Meadowrig Ladana was also shown and won Reserve Junior Champion at the Highland and Champion at Border Union show. Orlando was successfully purchased by Messrs Porter from Richmond, North Yorkshire.
Auchenlay Outlaw from R & M Paterson sold for 9000gns. Outlaw was sired by Sandyvale Jagerbomb and out of the Tamhorn Ethan daughter Auchenlay Ivy. The successful bidder on this occasion was Messrs Sinclair from Orkney who purchased him over the phone.
Paul Walker’s Crackley Bank Orlando sold for the next best price of 8000gns. This bull was also sired by Bedgebury Kent and his dam, Crackley Bank Baroness, has been a prolific breeder for the herd with sons being used in AI studs. Orlando was off to Wales when he was purchased by Messrs Pennie from Montgomery.
T & A Cockburn’s Kingside Norseman sold for 6500gns and was purchased using the online bidding facility by Messrs Cruickshank from Elgin. Norseman was another to be sired by 15,000gns Bedgebury Kent and this time out of the homebred Kingside Katie sired by Corrandulla Finton.
Two bulls in a row sold for 6000gns. First coming in as lot 12 was Blackstone Outlaw from Kelly Blackwood and Duncan Davidson. Outlaw was sired by Tamhorn Enterprising and out of Blackwood Jadore who won Champion at the Border British Blue Club Calf Show and Reserve Junior Female Champion at the Highland Show. He was purchased by Messrs Paton from Avonbridge, Falkirk.
Lot 13 then came in and sold for the same money to Messrs Townsend from Colne, Lancashire. Littlebank Oreo consigned by HR & WJ Maudsley was sired by Farouk De St Amand and out of Littlebank Honey, a Empire D’Ochain daughter.
Best of the females was the first forward for sale, Brennand Omandy from JC Walker & Son. This November 2019 born heifer was sired by Cromwell Fendy and out of Brennand Mandy whose dam line goes back to the great show winning cow Bringlee Sandy. Omandy sold for 4000gns and was purchased by Messrs Cockburn from West Linton, Peeblesshire.
Averages – 23 Bulls £6021.53, 5 Heifers £3780.00