Carlisle Sale Report

21st May 2016

The Society’s fourth annual spring sale at Carlisle saw a reduced entry on 2015, but an excellent selection of quality cattle ensured that prices were very satisfactory, with all classes of females averaging more than the previous sale.  In line with the Society’s policy of encouraging consignors to halter train their females a new class was inserted for unhaltered females, which were sold after the haltered classes.

The show began at 10.30 a.m., with Council member Edward Duggleby of Beswick Hall Farms, Driffield officiating.  All four senior heifers were forward for the judging of the first class and the Mochrum herd came put on top with their 30 month old heifer Mochrum Laburnum 7th, a Maybeck Andrew daughter out of Mochrum Laburnum 3rd.  Second place went to Mochrum, too, with Mochrum Stella 2nd, a striking heifer by Mochrum Defender out of Kinrea Stella.

A larger class of junior heifers gave the judge plenty to think about, and the first place went to one of the younger entries, a locally bred heifer from the Bell’s herd, Brightenflatt Carolina.  Combining two of the best known herds, a Park sire and a Clifton dam, this excellent heifer clearly caught the judge’s eye.  Keeping the prizes in the northern region, the runner up was a Northumbrian bred heifer from the Tailford’s herd, Lipwood Tiddlewink, which was sired by Barwise Jambo Habari.

All four of the bull entries were forward for showing, and another Northumbrian animal took the honours, with Hedgeley farms’ Beanley Freddie coming out on top.  Sired by Polbae Abel out of a homebred cow Beanley Ayesha 2nd this well-grown bull proved a worthy winner.  Second place went to another local herd, Liz Wilkinson’s red and white bull Poplar Redone.  The product of an imported German red bull, Mephisto Vom Nordwind, this bull will offer some interesting new genetics to its new owner.

The Championship saw the three winners up against each other, and the Junior heifer Brightenflatt Carolina proved a worthy Champion, beating the bull Beanley Freddie into Reserve place.

The sale got off to a brisk start, with the senior heifers averaging almost twice as much as the previous year.  This class also saw the top price in the sale being paid for the second prize heifer Mochrum Stella 2nd as she went back across the border to Newton Stewart for 3,000 guineas.  The first prize heifer Mochrum Laburnum 7th and the first one through the ring, Barwise Mystery Mollie, both made 1,900 guineas.

The junior heifers met an equally brisk trade, with the same number of entries averaging more than twice the previous year’s figure.  Top price of 1,800 guineas was paid by Hedgeley Farms for the second prize heifer Lipwood Tiddlewink, with the first prize entry and Overall Champion not far behind, going to Paul Thompson of County Durham for 1,700 guineas.

The four bulls all met a steady trade and averaged 286 guineas less on the year.  Top price went to Poplar Rupert, a son of Lullenden Rupert, which made 1,500 guineas.  The reserve champion, Beanley Freddie went for 1,300 guineas.

Only one cow was forward, and Neil Thompson’s six year old Maybeck Alice sold with a bull calf at foot for 1,500 guineas.

In the unhaltered class some very respectable prices were paid, with two outstanding red and white heifers form the well-known Arnside herd going for 1,650 guineas to the Richardsons’ Stonehouse herd  in Cumbria.

Three appendix females were forward, with Ian Marshall’s Larghill Rowena leading the field at 1,000 guineas, and these were followed by a large entry of commercial cattle which also met a good trade.

Once again the Society is grateful to Heather Pritchard and the pedigree team at Harrison and Hetherington, as well as auctioneer Scott Donaldson and judge Edward Duggleby for their part in mounting another successful event.

Full prices (in guineas):-

2016 No. Sold 2015 No. Sold 2016 Top (gns.) 2015 Top (gns.) 2016 Ave (gns.) 2015 Ave (gns.)
Senior heifers 4 21 3,000 2,400 2,100 1,089
Junior heifers 8 8 1,800 1,600 1,313 820
Cows 1 3 1,500 1,020 1,500 740
Bulls 4 7 1,500 2,400 1,425 1,711
Unhaltered females 8 - 1,650 - 1,130 -