The Border Belgian Blue Club staged their Sixteenth Annual Spring
Show & Sale at Carlisle, when auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington
Ltd, Borderway Mart, Rosehill offered for sale one of the best
entries of Belgian Blue Cattle ever seen at this centre. This
has been a tremendous pedigree sale that has seen averages rise
greatly with the intermediate bulls surpassing their previous best
average of £3,750.59 Carlisle May 2003. From the start
of the two day event there was a very positive atmosphere. With
a lead call of 21,000gns and a further 21 bids of 5,000gns and
above, the overall average jumped a massive £1,029.98 on
the year, and the intermediate bulls averaged a staggering £4,760.51
up a huge £1,613.12 on the year.
ET - 21,000gns
Auctioneer David Dickinson commented “There was exceptionally
strong commercial trade, with commercial buyers out in force bidding
keenly on animals that met there criteria. There was a lot
of regular support along side the new buyers. There was a
virtual sell out, with only a handful of bulls offered leaving
the sale ring unsold.
The show and sale was kindly sponsored by BBG (Class Prize Money),
British Belgian Blue Cattle Society and Border Club (Advertising). BBG
also gave £100 to the Supreme Champion and £50 to the
Reserve Supreme Champion.
The judge, Belgian Blue Group President, Michel Vincent had the
very difficult task of judging the show on Friday 19 May. He
awarded the Junior Male, Overall Male and Reserve Supreme Championship
to Springfield Wedgewood ET, a November 2004 ET
son of Nounours De Wihogne (IS) and Springfield
Ursula. Wedgewood was bred and exhibited by regular
supporters of the Carlisle sales Allan & Deirdre Wilkinson,
Spring Farm, Whin Lane, Out Rawcliffe, Preston, Lancs. He
left the sale ring unsold, but the Belgian Blue Group, International
Semen Company has agreed to purchase this bull (pending satisfactory
tests and export regulations) to export back to Belgium to join
the BBG stud. Wedgewood was selected by
the head of the selection committee and president of BBG for an
undisclosed figure. The Belgian Blue Group has been waiting
for ten years to import British type genetics and now that the
export ban has been lifted they are able to achieve this. The
selection committee picked this bull out due to his genetics – in
particular his sire Nounours De Wihogne (IS) is
very scarce but still highly sought after.
Belgian Blues equalled the breed record of 21,000gns when GV Williams,
Bryn Henlli, Bodorgan, Anglesey sold his single entry to Sean & Reece
Jenkins, to join their Penfro herd based at Crymych, Pembrokeshire. Henlli
Wishmaster ET, an August 2004 son of the
noted Baron Du Bois Bauloye and out of Bringlee
Sandy, was placed 1st in his class and was Intermediate
Male Champion at the pre sale judging. This exceptional black
bull was shown with great success in 2005 – when at just
10 months of age he was 1st prize junior bull and reserve male
champion Royal Welsh Agricultural Show;1st prize junior bull, reserve
breed champion & reserve junior interbreed bull Anglesey show;
1st prize junior bull at Flint & Denbigh show.
Second top price of the day was 9,500gns from an undisclosed buyer
for Almeley Wellington a powerful black and white
bull. Wellington, a May 2004 bull is the
first son to be sold by Park U Panda. He
was bred and exhibited by Graham L Morgan, The Cider Mill, Tillington,
Herefordshire. Graham sold 5 bulls to average £4,935.
An AI son of Affute Du Ry Ossogne was next in
the price ratings. Annanwater Wiseguy bred
and exhibited by Border Club enthusiasts Brian and Andy Ryder,
Newton Farm, Moffat, Dumfriesshire was placed 2nd in his class
and winner of the Border Belgian Blue Club Special Trophy for the
top price animal owned by a member of the club. This 20 month
old blue and white bull was champion calf at Penrith Show 2005,
and was successfully purchased by ME & JJ Fell, Stanger Hill,
Torpenhow, Mealsgate, Carlisle for 8,800gns. Affute has
a string of high priced progeny to his credit including the Carlisle
2005 autumn male and supreme champion Clougher Wonderboy
ET who sold for 9,000gns. The Annanwater stable
sold 4 bulls to average £4,436.25.
Also hitting the high spots at 8,000gns was the single entry from
T Allan Jackson, Covington Mill, Biggar, Lanarkshire. Headlind
Winter Flash ET, a February 2004 son of the Nounours
De Wihogne and Springfield Tinga flush. Winter
Flash won the Border Club Calf Show 2005, Ayr Show and
was 2nd prize Royal Highland Show 2005. His new home is with
H Harvey & Son, Waxham Hall, Sea Palling, Norwich, Norfolk.
Andrew Craig, Woodview Herd, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, N Ireland
sold two exceptional bulls to average £6,300. His senior
bull entry Woodview Wayne ET was placed 1st in
his class and was reserve senior male champion. He boasts
an EBV of +16, and is by the aforementioned Affute. His
dam is one of Andrew’s best cows Trixie. Signing
the cheque for 7,200gns were M Bindloss & Son, Shap Abbey,
Shap, Penrith, Cumbria. Woodview’s second
entry Woodview Wildfire ET (full ET brother to Woodview
Wayne) was placed 3rd in his class and sold for 4,800gns.
Junior bulls sold to a top call of 7,000gns for Stephen Potter,
Westside, Topcliffe, Thirsk when he sold Brookfield Amos to
Miss C Raine, Stanhope Gate, Middleton in Teesdale, Co. Durham. Amos, a
dark blue, 16 month old son of Philipper de Remichampagne and
out of Brookfield Octave - one of the herds best
breeding cows, whose dam is Highfield Jewel who
has given the Brookfield herd much success including Brookfield
Mario overall champion who sold to equal the then breed
record of 10,500gns Carlisle May 1997. Brookfield enjoyed
a bumper days trading selling 4 bulls to average £4,305.
Two bulls hit the 6,500gns mark; the first was the first bull
through the ring Widewath Vagabond ET from JC
Walker & Son, Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge, Clitheroe, Lancs. Vagabond was
bred by Mark Bousfield and was initially sold for 3,100gns Carlisle
May 2004. This first prize January 2003 born bull was sold
to WG Johnson & Son, Mallard Grange, Aldfield, Ripon, N. Yorkshire.
Matching this price was the 3rd prize bull Stowbeck Wilson from
Border Club members Skirwith Hall Farms Ltd, Skirwith, Penrith. This
July 2004 son of Tamhorn Sumo and out of their
homebred cow Rosie caught the eye of N Innes,
Millbrae, Findhorn, Forres, Inverness.
RA Aston, The Stable Tallet, Lower Dudnil Farm, Cleobury Mortimer,
Nr Kidderminster, Worcs made his debut at Carlisle selling two Twyning
Ash Troy sons for 6,200gns and 5,500gns. Astrics
Whirlwind, an October 2004 bull out of Astrics
Starlight was placed 5th in his class, and was bought
by R Leiper & Co, Bygate, Ponteland for 6,200gns. Astrics
Woody ET, also an October 2004 bull sold for 5,500gns.
Auchenlay All There the full brother to Auchenlay
Vagabond who sold for the record price of 21,000gns
Carlisle May 2005 went through the ring for 6,200gns to GW Woolhouse & Son,
Church Farm, Raven Field, Rotherham. All There was
bred and exhibited by R & M Paterson, Upper Auchenlay, Dunblane,
Perthshire. He is a January 2005 born son of Park Organiser
and is out of Codicote Rose.
Top price for Jane & Danny Wyllie’s Tamhorn herd, from
Pessall Farm, Edingale, Nr Tamworth, Staffs, was 6,100gns for Tamhorn
Wacker ET, a 25 month old ET son of Cristal De
Somme and Norbreck Kitty (who has bred
23 sons to average over 5,000gns). Wacker sold
to Aucheneck Estates, Killearn, Stirlingshire.
And not far behind, also from the same good stable – Tamhorn
Wiseman ET a 3rd prize bull was knocked down for 6,000gns
to J Innes & Son, Dunscroft, Huntly, Aberdeenshire. Wiseman a
two year son of Affute Du Ry Ossogne is the
last son to be born at Tamhorn by Affute, whose
semen is no longer available. His dam Tamhorn Milly was
champion female RASE 1997.
The senior male and reserve male championship was awarded to Blue
Rock Wakizashi Warrior ET, a two year sold of Baron and
out of the 5th generation naturally calving dam Ridge
Dean Tamsin. He was bred and exhibited by Darren
Russell, Co Antrim, N Ireland and knocked down for 4,500gns to
DR Owen & Son, Sandilands Farm, Tywyn, Gwynedd.
Not to be outdone by the males females enjoyed a bumper days trading
with 11 selling at 3,000gns and above.
Leading the ladies at 5,200gns was the 1st prize cow, female and
supreme champion Lukeroyal Tara ET, from the renowned
stable of Mel and Diane Lucas, Antrim, N Ireland. Tara a
November 2001 cow sold in calf to Twyning Ash Vaughan – She
has been flushed once, producing 11 embryos, 9 have been implanted
and so far 2 black and white calves have been born and more are
due soon. This lovely blue/white heifer is by Cubitis
Du Pre Rosine and her dam is Aurore De St Fontaine. The
successful buyers are J Innes & Sons, Dunscroft who also purchased
the aforementioned 6,000gns bull Tamhorn Wiseman ET.
Next at 4,500gns, DA Williams, Lodge Hill Farm, Shifnal, Shropshire
purchased Annanwater Abbie ET, and her recipient
dam a Beef Shorthorn to join their successful Wildoge herd. Abbie, a
black, 6 month old heifer out of Brian and Andy Ryder’s, Annanwater herds
present top breeding cow Springfield Tinga – Abbie is
sired by the big blue bull Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur (+10
Not far behind on 4,200gns was the senior unserved heifer Lochside
Wigtown, shown by W Timm, Farmteck UK Ltd, Goole and
bred by Mark McKelvey. Wigtown who stood
2nd in her class, is a January 2004 daughter
of Balto De Steinbach and is out of Plasucha
Princess, and was knocked down to Maulscastle Farms,
A little later in the sale another senior unserved heifer was
knocked down for 4,000gns. Glenrock Whiskey ET was
bred and exhibited by Helen Illingworth, Howgillside, Eaglesfield,
Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. This October 2004 born heifer by Baron
Du Bois Bauloye and out of Park Regal was
placed 1st in her class and joins the herd of T Robinson & Sons,
Catlow Farm, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, Lancs.
34 Senior Bulls £3,767.76 (plus
34 Intermediate Bulls £4,760.51 (plus £1,613.12)
26 Junior Bulls £3,287.31 (plus
94 Bulls Overall £4,100.03 (plus £1,029.98)
2 Heifers in calf £3,097.50
17 Heifers unserved £2,699.12
9 Cows and Heifers served and/or suckling £2,811.66
2 Recipients with FOT calves at foot £3,937.50
Other leading prices: -
Samuel Milliken’s “Romancier De Charlevaux” 5,800gns
to RJ Tiplady, Scarr House, Muker, Richmond, N Yorkshire. 3rd in
Michele Wilde’s “Ridge Dean William ET” 5,500gns
to Scott & Scott (Ayston) Ltd, Home Farm, Ayston, Rutland,
Leics. 1st in class 6.
RA Aston’s “Astrics Woody ET” 5,500gns
to GH & NM Jones & Sons, Ty-Isaf Farm, Erwood, Builth Wells,
Mr & Mrs D Gregory’s “Gregmaur Wycliffe” 5,500gns
to R Owen, Pengraigwen, Lanerchymedd, Anglesey.
K Belfield’s “Boothlow Wynn ET” 5,300gns
Messrs Taylor, Fell End, Bewaldeth, Cockermouth, Cumbria. 5th
in class 5.
Mrs Helen Illingworth’s “Glenrock Wrangler
ET” 5,200gns to S & DJ Williams, Cefnllech,
Pantydwr, Rhayader, Powys. 2nd in class 7.
Messrs Broughs’ “Carrock Warrior ET” 5,000gns
to EJ & AM Fox, Elsdonburn, Kirknewton, Wooler, Northumberland.
1st in class 4.
DA William’s “Wilodge Whatshisname ET” 5,000gns
to T Robinson & Sons, Catlow Farm, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, Lancs. 3rd
in class 5.
Mrs Ingrid Phillips’ “Balzer Wee Wallace” 5,000gns
to DM & RE Capstick, Swinden Moor Head, Hellifield, Skipton,
JH Pedley’s “Oak Tree Acceptabull ET” 5,000gns
to KD Harryman, Keskadale, Newlands Valley, Keswick, Cumbria. 2nd
in class 9.
Desmond McAskie’s “Mountjoy Wayward ET” 3,800gns, to
JR Kennedy, Lyonpark, Maybole, Ayrshire. 2nd in class 10.
J & J Green’s “Oxcroft Alice ET” 3,800gns, to
JW Kay & Co, Gass Farm, Straiton, Ayrshire. 3rd in class
Alastair MacInnes’ “Ruaig Vodka ET” 3,500gns
to R Carr, Homilton, Capheaton, Newcastle.
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