The Annual Rare & Minority Breeds Sale held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle last Saturday was buzzing from early in the morning and continued throughout the day. Trade throughout for all classes in all sections was in strong demand and saw some new records achieved.
In the cattle ring, it was the Longhorn breed which secured the leading top 2 prices of the day. The first at £2600 was for a cow and calf outfit shown by Stephen Horrocks of Lancaster. The January 2014 born cow, Gale Farm Nicola along with her February born heifer calf, was sold to the Firm of B&C Wilde, Lochfoot, Dumfries.
The same purchaser also went home with a 20 month old maiden heifer, Gale Farm Seil, also from Mr Horrocks.
The selection of Highland cattle on offer topped at £1500 for an in calf cow, Helen Ruadh of Kelby, offered by Halford Farming from Gateshead and was purchased by Messrs Donnelly of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs.
The official show and sale of Dexter cattle on show attracted great interest and was topped twice at £800. The first price at £800 went to a cow and calf unit, Bromfield Lily and her heifer calf Black-Kite Bonny-Kelly, sold by Lynn Murray of Frizington.
A few lots later, Jean Nuttall of Bentham also sold a cow and calf outfit for £800 with Jordeth Mystique and her heifer calf Jordeth Mystic. This unit also won the reserve overall championship ticket at the pre-sale judging and was knocked down to Messrs Steele of Stirling.
The overall champion from the Dexter show was the winning bull entry consigned by Lynn Murray with the 4 year old entry Nentsberry Andy. He was sold for £400 and went to Messrs Ewing of Annan.
A small number of miniature donkeys were on offer but stealing the show was the jennie, Kyleston Little Lucy and her May born jack foal Adam of Newton, sold by Norman Blackburn of Newton Reigney for £3000. Successful purchasers were Messrs Cook of Girvan, Ayrshire.
Another jenny from the same home to sell for four figures was Kyleston Thumbelina who sold for £1800 to Messrs Brougham of Crook, Co.Durham.
The Kerry Hill breed topped the sheep classes on offer and a shearling ram from the Wrotham flock of Mr D Knowles of West Marton sold for £1200. Having won 2nd prize in the pre-sale judging the ram now travels to Aberdeenshire to Kinbroon Farming Co.
A further two Kerry Hill shearling rams both went for £900 and were consigned by regular exhibitors Messrs Price of the Pentrenant flock based near Churchstroke, Powys. The first to reach this figure was the 1st prize shearling ram and overall champion entry which was sold to Messrs Sutherland of Linlithgow. A couple of lots on and from the same pen this ram was purchased by Messrs Thompson of Bishop Auckland.
Heading up the Ryelands on offer at £850 was a white colour ewe lamb, Bryn Caffo, shown by Messrs A & EC Parry of Gaerwen. This was last white female to go through the ring and was waiting patiently to secure her were Messrs McKnight of Thornhill, Dumfries.
Local breeder, 7 year old Ted Harrington, sold his Female Champion entry from his Teejay flock for £400. She was purchased by Messrs Farley of Lanarkshire.
The coloured Ryelands topped at £600 for a shearling ram , Glen Cairn Yule, offered by Mrs Philippa Barnes of Dunscore, Dumfries.
Another popular breed on sale was the Shetlands. Having held their National Show last year, a good turnout of sheep and breeders prevailed to enjoy the bouyant trade on the day. Taking the top price at £400 was the 3rd prize shearling ram sold by Fife breeders Messrs Hipwell with Lomond of Cockairney, He now heads south to Norfolk for Messrs King & Son.
The overall champion and winner of the adult Wool on the Hoof class of the pre-sale judging was Muncaster Felix from Barry and Julia Watson who sold for £200 to Messrs Alcorn, Biggar.
Other sheep breeds selling well included a Wensleydale shearling ram selling fro £550 from Messrs Prescott, Morpeth; Greyfaced Dartmoor saw yearling ewe and her lamb going for £460 offered by Messrs Short, Hexham; Border Leicesters topped at £440 for a shearling ram sold by Messrs Carruthers, Eaglesfield; Old English Leicester Longwool sold to £250 for a ewe lamb sold by Messrs Glaves, Scarborough; the Castlemilk Moorit breed fetched £210 for a ewe lamb sold by David Johnston, Beriwck-upon-Tweed.
The popular Pigmy breed attracted great numbers and interest and saw the section top at £320 on three occasions. The first entries offered by Messrs Dargue of Kirkby Stephen both sold for £320 each and was followed by the third lot to come from the pen of Messrs Milbourn of Crosby on Eden.
Poultry & Waterfowl
A breeding pair of white call ducks consigned by Messrs Hewertson of West Cumbria, sold for a centre record price of £800 for the pairing which were both bred from show winning stock. The drake already had many show awards to his name having won Reserve Champion Call & Best Self at PCGB National 2016 and 1st Federation 2016 and also winning many other shows. The duck was hatched this year and whose mother was unbeaten White Call 2018 – 1st at PCGB National, Federation and Scottish National. This outstanding pairing was purchased by Northern Ireland enthusiasts Messrs Riverside.
Other prices included Pr White Call ducks £480; Pr Black East Indian miniature ducks £300; Tr Trout Runner ducks £260; Tr White Silkie bantams £300; Pr Emperor geese £340; Pr White Pekins £300; Pr Rheas £280.