Carlisle Sales Report May 2014
The Society’s second spring fixture at Harrison & Hetherington’s Carlisle market saw a much larger entry of top quality Belted and White Galloways. Up from 22 entries in 2013, this year’s Beltie entries included 13 senior heifers, 19 junior heifers, 7 cows and 4 bulls. A total of 5 White Galloways were entered. Trade was brisk and all entries found a new home.
The proceedings got under way with the show, and judge Scott MacKinnon of Moniaive, Dumfriesshire chose Joe and Zan Kirk’s 2 ½ year old homebred heifer Huntfield Pearl as first in the senior heifer class. This Huntfield Red Bull daughter made a very attractive sight with her heifer calf at foot. Runner up in this class was Carolyn Fletcher’s Barwise Jigsaw daughter Barwise Dandelion. A smaller class of junior heifers saw Carolyn triumph again with a half sister to Dandelion, Barwise Jamilly, and the Kirk’s were to the fore again with Huntfield Pippa a good second. The next class, also of junior heifers, belonged to James Wilson of Slaley in Northumberland. His Ballyharvey Bob daughter Reaston Hill Lorraine won the class, with half sister Reaston Hill Arisaig 3rd a creditable second place.
Only four bulls were entered for the sale and of these Mr. MacKinnon chose Anne Bell’s 20 month old son of Cairnsmore Domino, Clifton Ambassador. This bull has success written all over him, his sire having won the Royal highland and Great Yorkshire shows among others, while his sister Clifton daffodil swept the board in 2012. Runner up in the bull class went to the kirks again with their homebred son of Broadmeadows Lennie, Huntfield Optimist.
On to the championship next, and in a very close competition the ladies won out, with Huntfield Pearl, the first prize senior heifer, picking up the champion’s rosette. The first prize bull, Clifton Ambassador, made a worthy reserve champion. Thanks are due to Scott MacKinnon for officiating so well, and to stewards John Corrie and Tim Oliver, who ensured the proceedings ran very smoothly.
A large crowd around the ring with a considerable number of new buyers ensured the sale got off to a good start, with the senior heifers on offer first. Top price in this class of 2,250 guineas was paid by Messrs. Thompson of Aberdeenshire for Robin Murray’s heifer with heifer calf at foot, Solway Vented. First prize heifer and overall champion Huntfield Pearl and her heifer calf went to Messrs Cameron, also of Aberdeenshire, for the second highest price of 1,800. Average in this class was 1.235 guineas for 13 heifers.
In the junior heifer class 19 heifers were sold to average 1,087 guineas, and a steady trade saw the top price of 1,700 guineas paid by Liz Wilkinson for James Wilson class winner Reaston Hill Lorraine. A close second price of 1,650 guineas went to her half sister and runner up in her class, Reaston Hill Arisaig 3rd, which was bought by R.K.G. Farms.
Cows proved a better trade than last year, with 7 forward averaging 1,343 guineas. Joe and Zan Kirk benefitted from the top price here, with their 7 year old Huntfield Kindly and her heifer calf going to help found the new herd of Messrs. J. Waldie & Sons in Fife.
Bulls averaged slightly less than 2013 at 1,788 guineas for 4, but the class winner and reserve champion, clifton ambassador, predictably shone and will go across the water to Grace Blair of County Londonderry, who paid 3,800 guineas, the sale top price, for him.
5 white galloways were forward and all sold to average 858 guineas. Paul Thompson of County Durham took the honours here with top price of 1,200 guineas being paid by Mr. Welters of Cumbria for his homebred heifer Wolsingham April. Second highest price of 1,020 guineas went to the harding’s homebred cow Hardhurst Rosemary, with her heifer calf at foot.
The society is grateful to auctioneer Scott Donaldson, pedigree manager Heather Pritchard and all the staff at Harrison & Hetherington for another good sale.
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