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The British Blonde Society will be holding the following sales throughout 2017.



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Royal Highland Show 2017

Shanvalley Jagger crossed the water to take Blonde championship at the Royal Highland Show. Senior Male, overall Male & Blonde Champion were the accolades that Shanvalley Jagger collected at the Royal Highland show presentation this year under the judges eye, Mr Andrew Bailey who ran the Baileys herd from Cumbria.

Jagger born April ’14 sired by Seaview Barney from Co.Down also collected the Brownhill perpetual challenge trophy for the best Blonde animal bred by the exhibitor.  Senior Female Champion and Reserve Overall champion went to Alan Walker from Ayrshire with Overton Jess ET with calf at foot. Jess born January ’14 was sired by Doncombe Aga Khan and bred by Sheena Kennedy.

Senior cow Hilltop Flora exhibited by Melissa Donaldson from North Yorkshire and bred by Andrew Stott from Dumfriesshire born May’10 sired by Shapfell Bongo was awarded the Buchanan trophy for the senior cow in calf or with calf at foot class.
The senior heifer class was won by Ramrig Lark from G & A Hamilton from Berwickshire born February ’15 sired by Hallfield Falcon. Lark went on to pick up the Paragon trophy.
Forthview Lisa born April ’15 bred and exhibited by James Hutton Campbell from west Lothian sired by Freefield E-Tay picked up the Aberdeen and Norhern marts trophy for the intermediate heifer class.

Junior Female Champion, reserve Female overall & overall Junior Champion went to Melissa Donaldson with Donaldsons Miss Moneypenny born March ’16 sired by Ark Diego.  
The junior heifer class was won by Ramrig Midsummer born July ’16 sired by Hallfield Destiny once again from G & A Hamilton.
Junior Male, reserve Male Overall and Reserve Junior Champion went to Ramrig McGarrett from G & A Hamilton born February’16 sired by Hallfield Falcon.

Best pair & group of three went to Allison Watts’ Strathisla herd from Aberdeenshire.

Judge Andrew Bailey commented, It was a great honour and privilege to judge the Royal Highland Show. The quality of the cattle was excellent in every class. 
My highlights were the male champion and overall champion, the senior bull from Shanvalley. He was an outstanding example of the breed. 
My female champion, from Alan Walker , was a new calved heifer with a bull calf which was exceptionally stylish in the ring. I believe she has a great future ahead of her. 
My Junior Champion was a cracking heifer from the Donaldson family. Very stylish and very correct in terms of conformation and locomotion. A great example of the breed.
My junior bull and reserve junior champion, bred by George Hamilton ,was a dark muscley and correct bull which stood out in a strong class of junior bulls.

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Idefix takes Blonde Championship at the National show for the second year

Standing at twelve O’clock, French bull Idefix exhibited by Paul Thomas from Berkshire took the eye of judge Alison Watt from Aberdeenshire who runs the Strathisla herd. Having won the male championship this August ’13 born bull had a busy few days going forward into the Interbreed continental pairs championship where he and his stable mate Doncombe Epona had a very well deserved reserve position before taking the reserve Interbreed award group of three when Doncombe Indika joined them with her calf at foot.

Idefix and Epona won the Farmers Weekly perpetual trophy for the Blonde breed pairs.

Doncombe Epona sired by Rodleigh Voyageur born March ‘09 won the senior cow class before winning Female champion joining Idefix in the interbreed pairs, and groups of three. Doncombe Indika also sired by Rodleigh Voyageur bred and exhibited by David and Sue Knight from Bristol born January ’13 won the junior cow class before taking the reserve female champion accolade as well as the award for the best homebred animal.

The FIERBA trophy was awarded to Samoht Labella born December ‘15 again from Paul Thomas’ Samoht herd from Berkshire sired by Cyrano. The Thomas family were delighted when Labella also lifted the junior championship awards.

The Reserve junior champion was awarded to David and Sue Knights junior bull Doncombe Muskateer born January ’16 sired by Aramis who also picked up the reserve male championship.
The Blackwater perpetual trophy for the intermediate bull class was awarded to French bull Leo born December’15 sired by Akelarre owned by Newlands Farm from Berkshire.
The Meatgold perpetual trophy for the calved heifer born on or between January and December ’14 was awarded to Meadow Jewell born January ’14 sired by Thornbury Gerrard bred and exhibited by Linda Sewell from Cambridgeshire.

Whistley Lella born April ’15 sired by French bull Diego bred and exhibited by Stephen Potter was awarded the Hillhead perpetual challenge trophy for the senior heifer class.
The maiden heifer Doncombe Madhu born January’16 sired once again by French bull Aramis from David and Sue Knight lifted the Avonparks trophy for the junior heifer class.
The junior maiden heifer class was won by Samoht Magenta born June ’16 sired by the days champion Idefix again from Paul Thomas.

The final pedigree class of the day saw Mintys Mr Bean born December‘16 bred and exhibited by Minty Mayhew from Wilktshire, sired by French bull Aramis lift her trophy for the calf class.
The commercial championship was awarded to Oxo, bred and exhibited by Paul Thomas born June’16 sired by Doncombe First Eagle.
The first day of our seventh National show was concluded with a presentation dinner whereby a feast of Blonde beef was enjoyed, beef having been provided by Stephen Potter of the Whistley herd.

We would like to thank Gerald Shearing our sponsor, our judge Alison Watt, all of the stewards and livestock committee at the Three counties showground for a fabulous show.

Idefix and Doncombe Epona went on to take reserve interbreed in the continental pairs.

The group of three, went on to take the Reserve Interbreed with
Idefix, .From the Thomas family.
Doncombe Epona from The Thomas family.
Doncombe Indika from Doncombe Blondes.

H&H Carlisle saturday 13th May Sale 2017

written by H&H Carlisle

 
The Supreme Champion Drumraymond Mr Mole secured the top price of 5,500gns at the Blonde Society’s spring show and sale held at Carlisle on Saturday. Consigned by Northern Ireland breeders Messrs Griffin of Co.Antrim, Mr Mole, a son Ballygowan Noble and out of a Blackwater Ainsley bred mother, is no stranger to the show ring as he won the Supreme Blonde Champion title at the NI Beef Expo Calf Fair in November 2016. He was purchased by local Cumbrian breeder Mike Harrison for his Shapfell herd.
The next best bull also came from Northern Ireland when Norman McKnight’s Silverwood Luke sold for 3000gns. This October 2015 born son of Ardmore Gargoyle had won 2nd prize in his class at the pre-sale show and went on to be purchased by local breeders D & SM Bradley for their Banks herd based near Brampton.
Selling for 2700gns was Hallfield Manuel from P Weightman & Sons. Sired by Blackwater Ainsley and out of a homebred Doncombe Ayers Rock daughter this January 2016 born bull was bought by WCG Holding Settlement from Cleator, Cumbria.
The second entry from the Silverwood stable went for 2600gns. Silverwood Murry, the young bull entry in the sale, is another son of Ardmore Gargoyle and out of the homebred cow, Irish. Murry collected the 2nd prize rosette in his class and was purchased by JF Bowe & Sons, Calvo, Silloth.
The Reserve Supreme award went to the Female Champion of the day, Shapfell La Kinkyboots, shown by Mike Harrison of Shap, Penrith. The 22 month old maiden heifer is sired by Applecroft Earl and is out of Barningham Delilah. She was sold to Messrs Scott of Orkney.
Mike Harrison was responsible for the top 3 females all of which were maiden heifers. The next best at 2500gns was Shapfell La Kit-Kat who was also sired by Applecroft Earl and this time out of the Ark Diego daughter Shapfell Hi-Ho. She was purchased by Alison Ellwood for her Ulverston based Harmony herd.
The Reserve Female Champion, Shapfell Lady Karrie-Ann, was sold for 2400gns to BT Atkinson also from Ulverston, Cumbria. Lady Karrie-Ann was sired by Hilltop Giles and out of a Hallfield Roly Poly sired dam.
 
Averages – 6 bulls £3302.43, 4 females £2520.00

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The Royal Balmoral Show 2017

Shanvalley Blondes take champion and reserve at The Royal Balmoral show with Shanvalley Jagger sired by Seaview Barney exhibited and bred by Savage Brothers & Son lifting the BOCM Silcock challenge cup for Blonde champion having won the Drumraymond Blonde perpetual cup for senior bull as well as the Jeremy Paynter challenge cup for best Exhibitor bred Blonde.
Standing reserve was full sister to the champion Shanvalley Lucy taking the reserve ribbons and the Andrews Perpetual challenge cup for Best  senior heifer as well as the Wilson perpetual shield for reserve champion.


Shanvalley didn't stop there, they picked up the Saville Tractors trophy for the pair of British Blondes with Shanvalley Lucy and her stablemate Shanvalley Lollypop sired by Shanvalley Fighter.
The Gary Morgan Memorial Perpetual Challenge cup for Best junior cow went to Ivaniskey Juliet sired by Bridge Elmo from I & R McElroy and son.
Budore Lyn sired by Budore Harvey bred and exhibited by the McGarry family won the  Hillhead Trophy for Best Intermediate heifer.
Gledney Keva sired by Drumraymond Grafter bred and exhibited by Mark Savage lifted the DSB Farm supplies Perpetual  trophy for Best junior heifer.
Lifting the MR Rodgers perpetual trophy for the best junior bull and won the ribbons for junior champion was Hillhead Mario from Rodgers livestock.

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Judge Pip Rodgers congratulated the members for their commitment to showing and congratulated the members on the quality of the stock put before him.
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BLONDES PEAK AT OVER 4,000gns AT WORCESTER BUT FEMALES STEAL THE SHOW

Written by Clive Roads, McCartneys.
The British Blonde Cattle Society’s Annual Spring Show and Sale at Worcester again attracted a strong entry well complimented by a capacity crowd of buyers and onlookers.  Brisk bidding culminated in a top price of 4,050gns for the First, Male and Overall Supreme Champion “Hackleton Legend” a 22 month old ET son of ‘Hackleton Vixen’, a twice winner of the Society’s National Show and winner of the Interbreed Championship at the Royal Three Counties Show, consigned by Hackleton Farms Ltd., Northants and secured by G. Collins Farms, Gore Cross, Wiltshire. The successful purchasers were strong bidders at the sale taking a total of 9 bulls for use on their Blonde suckler herd that run on Salisbury Plain. Amongst those purchases were ‘Kinaston Lustful’ a 2 year old homebred son of ‘Kinaston Idris’ from Roy Kinnish’s Shropshire based herd at 3,550gns and the Second and Reserve Senior Male Champion ‘Fronfedw Luther’ a son of Eilean Fergus at 3,000gns from RG Davies, Lampeter, Ceredigion.
Messrs Davies enjoyed a keen following for all their bulls, the consignment peaking at 3,600gns also for an ‘Eilean Fergus’ son taken by G. Williams, Newport, Gwent and another Fergus son ‘Fronfedw Lightning’ a third prize winner at 3,400gns to T Beckingham, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.  
A single entry from Stephen Pegington, Usk, provided a worthwhile trip when his second prize winner ‘Nantygelli Leonardo’ levelled at 3,200gns to P Kingdon & Sons, Newquay, Cornwall.  First time Vendor at the sale Philip Parry, Brecon enjoyed success in the pre-sale show taking  
First and Senior Male Champion for this ‘Anod Lloyd’ bull by the Royal Welsh Champion ‘Fronfedw Darius’ and secured at 3,150gns by WJ Hicks, Padstow, Cornwall.
A strong Female entry in terms of quality was suitably rewarded by a keen and competitive following of spirited buyers peaking at 2,450gns for ‘Merryhill Laura’, an in calf heifer from Mervyn Thomas, Abbeydore, Hereford she had won First, Female and Reserve Overall Supreme

Carlisle February Spring Show and Sale 2017

James & Peter Weightman’s Hallfield herd secured the leading price of 8000gns at the early Blonde Society spring show and sale held at Carlisle today with their Junior, Overall Male and Supreme Champion bull entry Hallfield Lincoln. This May 2015 born son of Hilltop Hector and out of a Blackwater Ainsley bred mother was purchased by Keith Eunson from Deerness, Orkney.
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Hallfield Lincoln
Following at 5800gns was another entry from the Hallfield pen, this time Hallfield Lewis, a son of the herds main sire Blackwater Ainsley. Lewis was bought by J & K Metcalf & Son of Richmond, N.Yorkshire.

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Shanvalley Leman, Senior Champion ReserveOverall  Hallfield Lewis sold for 5800gns Shanvalley Lacey sold for 3600gns Female Champion

The top price female came from the Northern Ireland based Savage Bros. The July 2015 born maiden heifer, Shanvalley Latoya is by Abricot and out of the prolific herd show winner Shanvalley Hoshi. Latoya won 2nd prize and Reserve Female Champion at the pre-sale show and was purchased for 3800gns by noted buyer W Hall from Stranraer.
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Averages Bulls £4050 Females £3019
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Thanks to and report by H & H
Thank you to our sponsors H&H Insurance
Thank you for the photographs Robert Smith

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About Blonde

The Blonde d'Aquitaine breed has been established in the UK for over 40 years and continues to gain much respect from commercial farmers be they suckler producers or dairy men.

The breeds principal attributes are ease of calving and excellent growth rates, terminating in a carcase with a very high killing out percentage and an exceptionally high ratio of lean meat to bone.

The breed is widely distributed throughout the UK and Northern Ireland and thrives well in both the harsher climes of the north and the sunnier south.

The society was founded in 1971 to improve and promote the British Breed.

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