Quality and quantity was on offer at the Society’s Show and Sale held at Harrison and Hetherington’s Carlisle Mart, Galloways were very much in demand for which was reported as one of the best shows in recent times. Purchasers were present from all four corners of the United Kingdom and particular interest from Ireland as 39 Galloways travelled over the Irish Sea. Overall, averages were down on the year due to the lack in confidence from all sectors of the livestock industry.
The female champion, Bridget 35th of Kilnstown was from a very impressive consignment from Kilnstown Farms Ltd, Bewcastle, Cumbria, she is sired by a home bred sire Welling of Kilnstown and out Bridget 32nd of Kilnstown, this March 2017 born heifer sold for the sales top price of 2600gns to Willie MacLean and daughter Lynn, Inverglen, Barcaldine, Argyll.
The Waugh Family also received 1500gns for Edna 69th of Kilnstown and Marina 89th of Kilnstown, this pair is by the senior stock sire Buccleuch Adonis which was purchased privately from Buccleuch Estates. Edna was purchased by the judge Miss Sarah Priestley, Cracrop Farm, Brampton, Cumbria and Marina is off home with B Dickinson & Co, Brock Stones, Kentmere, Kendal. All at Kilnstown must be congratulated on a tremendous pen of 9 bulling heifers which on the day averaged £1440.83
The Wallace family, Allan, Gib and Mary from Over Barskeoch, Dalry, Castle Douglas received the reserve championship award for Zinnie of Over Barskeoch, this January 2016 born heifer is by Huntly Victor and out of Minnie of Over Barskeoch. She sold in calf to Penninghame Windfall to judge Barry and brother Brendan Douglas, 15 Ganvaughan Road, Castle Derg, Co Tryone for 1100gns. The Over Barskeoch team also received the second top price for Annie of Over Barskeoch, this in calf heifer, is also by Huntly Victor and sold to the Douglas brothers for 1550gns.
Regular consigners William and Mary McMorran, Miefield, Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire sold Nancy 81st of Miefield, this Ruler of Kilnstown daughter sold with her Blue Grey heifer calf at foot to J & J Sargent, Lincowell, Renwick, Penrith for 1450gns.
The top price bull was Rambler of High Creoch from Gordon and Kathleen Gordon, High Creoch, Gatehouse of Fleet, this 22 month old bull by Norseman of High Creoch travelled back over the border with Maggie Gordon, Barfil, Crocketford for 2000gns.
The other bull sold was Outlander of Softley from TD & M Moore & Son, Softley, Slaggyford, Brampton, Cumbria, this 18 month old, Gauntlet of Softley son, sold to Mr David Scott, 24 Highmoor, Wigton for 1000gns.
Also this day saw the dispersal of the Galloway herd from Messrs JA Morphet & Son, High Birkwith, Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle. The majority of the cows sold with Aberdeen Angus cross calves at foot and attracted a lot of interest from the busy ring side. The top price was for the youngest beast Birkwith Sweet Pea 14 this Demesne Captain daughter sold to J & M Dodd, Low Closegill, Low Road, Brampton for 1400gns. The next top price was for Birkwith Grace 13, this April, 2013 Kiosk of High Creoch daughter sold to K Kempson, Cowpe Bottom Farm, Cowpe Road, Rossendale, Lancashire for 1220gns. Another Kiosk of High Creoch daughter, Birkwith Gem 14 sold for 1200gns to Jamie Patrick, 39 Glenlark Farm, Gortien, Omagh, Co Tyrone for 1200gns. The 42 head averaged £916.00
2 Bulls sold to average £1575.00 (-£297.50)
15 Heifers in Milk £1158.50 (-£550.75)
20 Senior Bulling Heifers £811.40 (-£168.60)
14 Junior Bulling Heifers £966.70 (-£160.30)