The last, sale of British Blues at Chelford before the market’s closure drew a huge crowd from all over the U.K. and Ireland.
Pedigree bulls met an inconsistent trade, with the majority of potential purchasers wanting strong bulls fit to work, and were not prepared to pay for younger bulls, but pedigree females were a very strong trade.
Top priced bull at 5,000gns was the first prize winner, Drift Kojak, an ET bred son of Drift Domino out of the Empire sired Drift Fliss from A.S. Phillips and Son, Reading, Berkshire. It went home with C. A. Howe, Sheffield.
Dylan Rees, Pembrokeshire consigned two bulls selling at 4,600gns and 4,400gns. The higher price was paid for the Colos Van Daisel-sired Bluestones Jason, the second being the Empire-sired Bluestones Jinx, both going home to Banbury, with Messrs Tustian.
Young bulls sold to a top of 4,000gns, when Ian Cook, Biddulph, took home the September 2015-born Dragon Blues Krug from G.W and K. Williams, Lampeter.
The female championship went to an October 2015-born born heifer from Wyn Jones, Oswestry. Tanat Kira by Phenomene De Martinpre, out of Boomer Fendt, sold to J. Crowther, Sowerby Bridge for 3,800gns.
The two-year-old Norbreck Hunter-sired Dean House Kalmia, from Bradford breeders, Driver and Son, made 3,600gns to Steven Hough, Pontefract.
The last Blue to be sold in the ring was the August-born heifer Cromwell Lass, from Aldridge breeder Adam Neachell, sold at the foot of her Angus-cross recipient dam, it made 3,400gns to Andrew Haste, Shebbear, Devon, whose father, Ted, had bought the first Blue to be sold at Chelford almost 36 years ago to the day.
Blue crossbreds sold to a top of £2,000 for the supreme section champion a black steer from Andrew Bishop, Gloucestershire which sold to Ed Layton, Leominster.
Top priced heifer at £1,900 was a 14-month-old from Yorkshire producers Messrs Crosby which went to George Proctor, Bignall End, Staffordshire.
23 pedigree bulls, £3,720; 9 pedigree females, £2,867; 46 Blue cross steers, £1,041; 39 Blue cross heifers, £1,137.
Auctioneers: Wright Marshall.