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Walkers Score Again at Pedigree British Blue Highlight

A classy black and white home-bred bull by the Belgian sire, Boherard Cantona, netted yet another British Blue championship at Skipton Auction Mart for the Walker family, from Brennand Farm in Dunsop Bridge.

The 18-month-old Brennand Invincibull lived up to his new when taking supreme honours at ‘Blue Wednesday,’ the mart’s annual breed showpiece and traditional pipeopener to its 2015 pedigree beef season.

Rob Walker with the family’s Skipton British Blue supreme champion bull, joined by judge Sheila Mason.

Rob Walker with the family’s Skipton British Blue supreme champion bull, joined by judge Sheila Mason.

Jeff Walker said he had been impressed by Cantona when seeing the Empire D’Ochain son on a visit to Belgium four years ago and decided to give it a try as an AI embryo sire.

Invincibull is out of the Colibri Du Coin daughter, Brennand Candy, who proved an outstanding show heifer in 2008, winning multiple championships at Garstang, Chipping, Kilnsey and Hodder Valley.

Described as a “very correct and mobile bull” by show judge Sheila Mason, who runs the Keasden Head British Blue herd in Clapham, itself responsible for many Skipton champions and prize winners, the victor made top price in show when selling for 3,900gns to Richard Sandham, of Town End Farm, Carlton, Yeadon.

Mr Sandham bought a Brennand bull by the same sire at last year’s Skipton Blue sale and, pleased with its first calves this Spring, decided to look for a similar bull at this year’s renewal. His latest acquisition will go straight to work on his Blue-cross commercial herd.

Cantona scored yet again for the Walkers at the Skipton highlight when also responsible for the female champion, the November, 2013-born Dafydd D’Ochain daughter, Brennand Iris, who impressed as a show heifer last summer.

Her dam, Brennand Crystal, is another multiple show winner, including interbreed champion at Kilnsey in 2009, and has also sold sons into the Norbreck stud. The female victor was secured by Derbyshire’s MT Sweetmore, of Buxton, for 2,450gns.

The Walker family – Jeff’s wife Margaret and their two sons, John and Rob, are also fully involved - has dominated the British Blue show arena at Skipton in 2015, sending out both title winners at the two main store cattle with show potential fixtures staged so far this year. Mr Walker said that a full sister to his latest victor would also be paraded on the local show circuit this year.

The bull section achieved total clearance, with the reserve championship falling to the High Moss pedigree herd of Jack and Rebecca Wallbank in Keasden with their home-bred two-year-old bull, High Moss Ian.

He is another well-bred Empire D’Ochain embryo son, out of the 9,000gns Bringlee Crispy, from Shropshire’s Graham Brindley, acquired by the Wallbanks at a production sale several years ago. The reserve champion joined local breeders John and Gill Huck, of Church Farm, Hubberholme, for 3,300gns.

The same vendors also sold a second black and white bull bull, their 18-month-old Heros Du Peroy son, High Moss Ironman, again out of Bringlee Crispy, for 2,500gns to DP Moore, of Sowerby Bridge.

The third prize bull came from the North Craven Greystone pedigree herd of the Coates family, based at Rainscar Farm, Stainforth. The two-year-old Greystone Indestructable, by Newton Blues Chico, out of Greystone Fashion, sold for 3,200gns to Messrs Horsfield & Son, of Foulridge.

Another North Craven pedigree herd, the Owlden holding of James and Deborah Ogden in Austwick, caught the eye with their two-year-old bull, Owlden Ispy, also by Empire D’Ochain, out of Pendle Chattocks, which also made 3,200gns when joining TH Kilby & Son, of Thorp Arch, Wetherby.

The Brookfield herd of Stephen and Gillian Potter, from Topcliffe, near Thirsk, achieved another high price with their September, 2013- born Dartagnan Du Castillon son, Brookfield Invictous, out of Brookfield Fenella, which joined Stuart Barrett, of the colourfully-named ‘It’s A Job Farm’ in Braisty Woods, Summerbridge, for 3,000gns.

Alan Barnes, who runs the Cowden pedigree herd near Great Harwood, chipped in with a two-year-old black bull, Cowden Iceberg, by Twyning Ash Troy, out of Cowden Champagne, which made 2,600gns when sold to C Smith, of Sutton-in-Craven.

The overall bull average was £3,255 per head, with the fixture again creating keen interest at the ringside from premium suckled calf breeders, coupled with demand from dairy producers for bulls ready to work.

“It was a tremendous sale. The quality of entries is improving year on year and a number of potential buyers returned home empty handed,” said CCM’s general manager Jeremy Eaton.

Skipton’s pedigree beef season continues on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 & 13, with the big Limousin two-day highlight, the show-only Northern Limousin Extravaganza on day one, followed by the Craven Limousin Day show and sale. Both have record entries.

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