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 – bulls £3302.43, females £2520.00