18th May 2013
The Society's first spring sale to be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle saw a good selection of breeding stock presented to buyers from as far afield as East Anglia.
The pre-sale show was ably judged by Roger Robson of the Castlefield herd, and in the female class he chose Carolyn Fletcher's in calf heifer Barwise Magic Mischief as the Female Champion. This Barwise Jigsaw daughter was bred out of homebred cow Barwise Mike's Magic and went on to top the sale at 2,800 guineas. Second placed heifer was Robin Murray's two year old Solway Tant, a homebred heifer sired by Park Apollo.
Champion in the bull class was Liz Wilkinson's young bull Poplar Osprey, a Lullenden Rupert son out of a homebred cow Poplar Keep Smiling. Runner up in the bulls went to Liz's dun bull Poplar Oswald.
Osprey then went on to take the Overall Champion's rosette, with Magic Mischief a creditable reserve.
The sale took place before a large gathering of buyers, and of 22 animals forward 20 were sold, a very good clearance rate. Reserve champion Barwise Magic Mischief achieved the best price in the senior heifer section, and in the entire sale, being knocked down for 2,800 guineas. The bulling heifer class was topped jointly by Mr. R. Ackerley's homebred heifer Crystal Poppy 2nd, and by Mrs. S. Gardner's homebred Arnside Honey at 1,300 guineas. Considering the high standard on offer the trade for the bulls was slightly disappointing, and the top price here went to Liz Willkinson's young red bull Poplar Onthered at 2,200 guineas.
Full details (prices in guineas):-
Cows - 1 sold @ 1,000
Senior heifers - 4 sold; top price 2,800; average 2,225
Bulling heifers - 10 sold; top price 1,300; average 1,137
Bulls - 5 sold; top price 2,200; average 1,890
The Society is grateful to auctioneer Scott Donaldson, pedigree manager Heather Pritchard and all the H & H staff for their efficient handling of our inaugural sale.