The Annual Spring show and sale of Galloway cattle, held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday, where they proved to be in high demand, with only one animal being unsold. A quality show was on offer to purchasers who journeyed from England, Scotland and Ireland, with new and returning customers taking 11 head over the Irish sea.
The top price of the day was an in calf heifer, Nancy 716 of Whitehill from regular consigner Walter J Henderson, Whitehill, Lockerbie. This April 2016 born heifer is by the home bred sire Neilman of Whitehill and out of Nancy 503 of Whitehill, she sold incalf to Titan of Whitehill for 2000gns to Kilnstown Farms Ltd, Bewcastle, Carlisle.
The Female Champion, Barlaes Katie 83rd from Robert McTurk, Barlaes, Dalry, Castle Douglas was the same way bred as last year’s Champion, with the sire being the home bred Barlaes Magic and out of Barlaes Kate 59th. Making a telephone bid of 1500gns to secure her was Messrs Douglas, Castle Derg, Co Donegal, Ireland. Messrs Douglas also took another of Robert’s heifers home, Barlaes Brownie 244th a Barlaes Jackanory daughter and out of Barlaes Brownie 197th, this May 2017 born heifer sold for 1550gns.
The Reserve Champion was Miss Ulrica of Balgray from husband and wife team David and Rosemarie Cornthwaite, Balgray, Lockerbie. This 34 month old heifer is in calf to Noir of Balgray and is by the 9200gns Troloss Impecable purchased in partnership with Kirkstead she sold to Messrs Evans, Wessington, Derbyshire for 1700gns.
The top price pedigree bull, Beanley Horatio from Hedgeley Farms, Headgeley Hall, Powburn, Alnwick is a Blackcraig Turbo son and out of Beanley Beauty 4th, this April 2017 sold to Messrs Davidson, Selkirk for 1800gns.
In the non pedigree section Messrs Busby & Co, Unthank topped at £1600 twice for two bulling heifers sired by Barlaes Nero and Rebus of Nethercleugh both going to Messrs Waugh, Carlisle, Cumbria.
4 Bulls £1141.87 1 Heifer In Milk/ In Calf £1400.00
5 Heifers In Milk/ In Calf £1375.50 9 Bulling Heifers £1190.00
11 Bulling Heifers £1281.95 3 Blue Grey Females £ 783.33
1 Cow In Milk/ In Calf £1207.50