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NI Breeders to the Fore at Carlisle British Blue Show & Sale

The Border British Blue Club staged their Twentieth Annual Autumn Show & Sale at Carlisle, on Wednesday 30th September 2009, when auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Borderway Mart, Rosehill offered for sale a good selection of British Blue Cattle.

Ballyhossett Duke Overall Male & Supreme Champion
from Jason & Jennifer Edgar, N.Ireland,
sold for top price at 10,500gns

Ballyhossett Duke

Numbers entered were good, with members travelling the distance to support this annual event. With a lead call of 10,500gns and a further 8 bids of 4,000gns and above, the overall average for bulls was up on the year.

The judge, David Pearson, (Boherard Herd), Boherard, Clough, Portlaoise, Republic of Ireland had the difficult task of judging the show. He commented that “there was a fantastic show of correct animals with a great balance of muscle, mobility and overall length”. The Male & Supreme Championship was awarded to Jason & Jennifer Edgar, 4 Ballyhossett Road, Downpatrick, Co. Down, N Ireland for their outstanding black and white bull Ballyhossett Duke. This 17 month old bull, by Empire D’Ochain (IS) and out of a Ridge Dean Mahogany bred daughter Knockagh Whoopee ET, on his only show outing he was Supreme Champion at Castlewellan Show, which was one of the biggest shows of Blue cattle this year with over 70 head of entries. Duke was knocked down for the top price of 10,500gns to M & A Eddon, Whitethorn Farm, Cropton, Pickering, Yorkshire.

The judge awarded the Reserve Male and Reserve Supreme Championship to Crackley Bank Cannon ET, a November 2007 son of the Cajoleur De Rettigny (IS) and Bringlee Sandy ET flush. He was exhibited by Paul Walker, Horsepool Farm, Hunnington, West Midlands. This exceptional blue and white bull was sold to an Undisclosed Buyer for 9,000gns.

Also hitting the high spots at 7,000gns was the 2nd prize winning bull from Michele Wilde, Ridge Dean Farm, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Ridge Dean Dynamite ET, a March 2008 bull from the Empire D’Ochain and Ridge Dean Valentine ET flush was purchased by G & H Jerman, Tynyrwtra, Adfa, Newtown, Powys.

An AI son of Daffyd D’Ochain was next in the price ratings. Harestone Daredevil bred and exhibited by Neil R Barclay, Harestone Farm, Crathes, Banchory, Aberdeenshire was placed 4th in his class. This 17 month old is out of a Serum daughter, Woodview Trixie ET. Daredevil was successfully purchased by Wyn Griffiths & Son, Ty Mawr Ucha, Abregele, Conwy for 5,500gns.

Leading the ladies at 4,000gns was the 2nd prize and top price for HW Timm’s Timos herd, for Asby Chloe, a 29 month old daughter of Baroque De L’Ecluse (IS) and Ridge Dean Super Star. Chloe was bred by HR Hayton & Son, Great Asby, Appleby and sold to CTW & D Ennion, Moulin Farms, Head of Moulin, Logielmond, Perth.

Next at 3,500gns was the Reserve Female Champion Franks Daffodil Dream ET, from the Franks stable for D Whiteley & J Courts, Pond Farm, Scawton, Thirsk. This stylish blue and white, 18 month old heifer is by Gitan Du P’Tit and out of Blue Chip Tartan. Signing the cheque is Page Bros, Lodge Farm, Elkington, Northampton.

The female champion and winner of the ‘Wilodge Perpetual Shield’ for the Best Animal Opposite Sex to the Champion was awarded to HW Timm’s heifer Castlecuff Belle who left the sale ring unsold.

15 bulls £4858, 7 maiden heifers £3150 and 1 recipient with calf at foot £2730.

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