British Blue cattle were in strong demand at Chelford leading to a record average for bulls of £4,495 and a top price of 7,400gns
The pre-sale show was judged by Gavin Boocock from the Edmonds herd, Driffield, Yorkshire who choose as his champion an October 2013-born blue roan bull, Trencrom Inferno, from Gail and David Ellis, St Ives, Cornwall.
By Ballygrange Dobbie out of the Mountjoy Utopia sired Auchenlay Erin, it weighed in at 1000kgs before selling for a sale topping 7,400gns to Brian Griffiths, Newtown, Powys.
Another bull from the Trencrom herd, Jakarta, by Meadowview Blues Fudge out of the Boston Ambassador sired homebred cow Flick Flack, made 6,700gns to H.J. Hitchcock, Belper, Derbyshire.
First place in the junior bull class went to Dinmore Jetsetter, a Cristal de Somme son out of the Tamhorn Sumo sired Paulern Carol from P. R. and H. R. Dawes, Herefordshire. This May 2014-born bull made 5,500 gns to J. Hall, Longnor, Derbyshire. Nigel Pritchard, Herefordshire, saw his April 2014-born bull Norton Jingo, make 4,300 gns to Messrs Cooke, Abergavenny for their Nantyderi herd.
The female entry comprised mainly younger maiden heifers and prices peaked at 2,900 gns for the reserve female champion, March 2015-born Dragon Blues Kirsty from G. W. and K. Williams, Lampeter. By Tweeddale Ebony and out the homebred cow Gweno, it sold to John Stephenson, Bordley, North Yorkshire.
The Herefordshire-based Almeley herd of G. L. Morgan, Herefordshire, sold two Drift Domino sired heifers at 2,800gns each. Both were out of cows by Drybarrows Cawdale. The first one, Almeley Jenner, went to Paul Swindells, Chelmorton, Derbyshire, and the other went to Messrs Potter, Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire.
In the crossbred section the top price of £3,000 went to Nigel Pritchard, Herefordshire, with a 10-month-old roan heifer. It was knocked down to the Lancashire based show team of Richard and Keith Whitfield who also paid £1800 for a five-month-old heifer from Davies Brothers, Carmarthenshire.
Judge, Jonathan Maycock of Robin Maycock Butchers, Holloway, Derbyshire, awarded the commercial championship to Paul Walker, Crackleybank, with an April 2015-born black steer which sold to William May, Worcester, at £1,950.
The reserve champion ticket was awarded to another steer, this time from T. Roberts, Llanrwst. It made £1,380 to Mr Stephenson.
The first prize unhaltered heifer from D.W. and L.E, Morgan, Adfa, Newtown made £1,690 to Brian and Rob Taylor, Scholar Green. The unhaltered steer class was won by T.T. and E.E. Williams, Llanidloes selling to Lisa Powdrill, Boothgate Derbyshire at £1,500.
Averages – pedigree – bulls, £4,495; heifers, £2,559; crossbreds – steers, £1,119.68; heifers, £1,127.75.
Auctioneers – Wright Marshall.