Two bids of 9,200gns topped a successful British Blue Society January sale at Carlisle last Friday.
Although the average was down on the year, considerably more bulls were sold last week and breed society secretary Andy Ryder said breeders were well satisified with trade – particularly in the light of late basic payments in the industry.
First in at 9,200gns was Annan breeder Kevin Watret with his two-year-old blue and white Solway View Jasper, a half brother to last year’s Royal Highland champion. By the home-bred Firecracker and out of a home-bred Heros Du Peroy dam, Jasper was bought by J.W. Dent and Sons, Barnard Castle.
Falkirk breeders A. and R. Paton paid the same money for the blue and white two year old Littlebank Jimmy, an Empire D’Ochain son from H.R. and W.J. Maudsley, Settle. The bull is out of a home-bred dam – also a daughter of the Heros bull.
There were also two bids of 7,500gns, the first for a mainly black, February 2014-born son of Bluegrass Cyclone, from J.C. Walker and Son, Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire. Out of Brennand Black Beauty, Jack went in a two-way split to G.A, and D.E. Thompson, Alston, Cumbria, and W.D. and B. Thompson, Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
At the same price, Rodney Bros Plant Hire, Ripon, bought Tanat Jasper from W.R. and W.W. Jones, Oswestry, Shropshire. The March 2014 black and white bull is by the D’Ochain son Adajio De Bray and out of the Bringlee Volkawagon-sired Ridge Dean Emily.
The reserve male champion made 7,000gns. Already a showring success, having won the Great Yorkshire Show male championship last year, Brownridge Blues Jackpot from D.J. and B. Spours, Belford, Northumberland, was bought by B.R. Fawcett, Leyburn. The March 2014 black and white, is by Newton Blues Elvis and out of a College Valley-bred Empire D’Ochain dam.
R.D. Atkinson, Goole, went to 5,400gns to secure the black and white Greystone Junior, a May 2014 son of Almeley Ginola from Messrs Coates, Settle. The same vendors also sold at 5,000gns – this was Greystone Joker, a similar aged black and white by Ginola, bought by D. Hood, Glenclova, Angus.
Also at 5,000gns was the day’s overall male champion, Wilton Henry, from Oliver McGuinness, Co.Londonderry. Buyers were D.B. and I.D. Owen, Holyhead. This 25-month-old black bull is by Solway View Dynamite – a son of the noted Brigleee Sandy – and out of an Empire D’Ochain Bawnmore cow.
Females in the ‘Blue Ladies Classic’ section of the sale sold to 3,800gns twice, for the champion and reserve. Oliver McGuinness bought the reserve, a dark blue roan maiden heifer from some of the furthest travelled mainland vendors, E.A. and D.A. Ellis, St. Ives, Cornwall. By Maidenlands Carlos, the December 2013 heifer is out of Gitan Du Pti’t Mayeur daughter Paulern Deidre.
The champion was a black, February 2014 maiden from Christopher McCrea, Strabane, Co Tyrone. Knockaraven Jessie J, bred by A. Armstrong, is by Heros Du Peroy and out of Empire D’Ochain daughter, Knockaraven Gina. Buyers were Messrs Huck, Skipton.
Recipients with ET calves sold to 4,200gns for an outfit from Oliver McGuinness.
24 bulls, £4,760; 5 maiden heifers, £3,066; 2 served heifers, £1,942.50; 5 recipients with calves, £2,520.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.