WITH a bull average more than £600 up on the year and a solid run of 25 bids in excess of 6,000gns underpinned by a firm commercial trade, the Border British Blue Club’s spring show and sale at Carlisle last weekend peaked at 16,000gns.
Making top money was the reserve supreme champion from J.W. Kay and Son’s Gass herd, at Maybole, Ayrshire. The largely black bull, Iron Man, is a March 2013-born son of Solway View Firecracker, out of a home-bred Katanga Du Pre Rosine-sired dam. The successful top bidders were V. and G. Bowring, Mansfield, Nottingham.
The reserve senior champion, black and white Tweeddale Ironman from Redhead and Watson, Berwick-Upon-Tweed, made 14,000gns to R.J. Tiplady, Richmond, North Yorkshire. By Tweeddale Fireman, the April 2013-born bull is out of Tweeddale Fee, an ET daughter of Bringless Waldo.
D.R. Owen and Son, Tywyn, Gwynedd, paid 10,500gns to secure Warehams Ironman from Jason and Sarah Wareham, Heathfield, East Sussex. Another April 2013-born bull, this dark blue roan son of Argan De L’Ecluse is out of the Ridge Dean Rowena-sired Warehams Florence. Next on price was Homilton Iceman, a 24-month-old black and white bull from the Bringlee Carlos – Ridge Dean Rita flush.
Iceman, from Roly Carr, Capheaton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, made 10,000gns to A.H.J. Jones and Son, Talgarth, Brecon.
Two bulls at 9,500gns included the supreme champion, a July 2013 blue roan son of Ballygrange Dalton, sold by G.L. and K.S. Morgan, Tillington, Herefordshire, and bought by L. and E. Fowlie, Alford, Aberdeen. Bred by Simon Loughery, it is out of a Littlederry cow sired by Dafydd D’Ochain. At the same money, Crowhall Farms, Bardon Mill, Hexham, bought Hexham breeder Ben Haigh’s Luce Water Isaac, a black and white May 2013-born son of the D’Ochain-sired Giga Du Bois De Remont and out of a Bringlee cow.
Another two bulls were knocked down at 8,500gns. First was the blue and white Almeley Invincible – another from Messrs Morgan. By Drybarrows Cawdale, the April 2013 bull is out of a home-bred daughter of Great Pineham Valentine and was picked up by Preston Farms, Kirkcolm, Stranraer. The reserve junior male champion, from Martin Brothers, Co Down also made 8,500gns.
A June 2013-born black and white, it is by Imperial De L’Ecluse and out of a home-bred dam, and was bought by J.R. and A. Blades, Muker, Richmond.
The top priced female at 6,500gns was the Wyllie-bred Tamhorn Eden, an October 2009 black cow with its seven-month-old heifer calf at foot. Eden is by Ballgrange Alex and was sold by Jason and Sarah Wareham to G.A. Jones, Nasareth, Caernarfon.
30 senior bulls, £5,929; 41 junior bulls, £5,582.93 (71 lots, £5,729.16). 15 maiden heifers, £2,968; 3 served or suckling, £3,920; 2 recipients suckling or carrying, £2,782.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.