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A total entry of 100 CATTLE on offer at Chelford's Annual Sale of Rare and Traditional Breeds, including the dispersal of the Blackden Herd of Pedigree Longhorns on behalf of Phil & Jill Robinson, with the sale ring packed to the rafters.

The sale got under way with the Blackden Dispersal and it was soon apparent that breed enthusiasts had 'come to buy' when the 3rd lot in the ring Bollin French, a May 2005 born Heyworth Elgar daughter suckling her heifer calf by Wellhead Dante was knocked down to TC Gardiner Farming, Sandbach for 1600 guineas (£1680). Blackden Limosa, a 2011 born show cow by Yeaveley Cyril was sold with her Elgar sired bull calf at foot, she made 1560 guineas (£1638) to M Russell, Eccleshall Staffs. One of the herds most prolific show cows; Blackden Jill, who had a string of breed championships behind her caught the eye of IR Edge, Wem. She was suckling her bull calf by Dante and made 1380gns (£1449). Mr Edge was in again for Blackden Naomi, a senior heifer by Dante and in calf to Elgar. This very stylish heifer courted a great deal of pre-sale interest she sold for 1300gns (£1365). Pick of the junior heifers, Blackden Ocean, was snapped up by Bradley Farms Ltd, Poulton-Le-Fylde, the hammer eventually falling at 1000gns.

Senior Stock Bull Heyworth Elgar, a 2003 born son of Rousham Goliath, sold for 1400gns to IR Edge, Wem.

As the day progressed , other breeds came to the fore. J Kerr, Snitterton, Matlock, consigned a brace of Belted Galloway heifers with calves at foot. Almost the end of the sale but arguably the highlight of the day topping at 1300gns (£1365) to IE & TM Speed, Chester.

Renowned Highland breeder Robert Wain consigned his show cow, Georgia 2nd of Wainsmore, standing 1st in the cattle class and receiving the Chairmans Cup for best overall cattle exhibit, she was sold in-calf to Conan of Yscirfawr and made 920gns to I Walker, Newcastle Staffs.

First prize in the Longhorn class went to Chelford regulars Bollin Valley Partnership with Bollin Michelle, a Blackbrook Strongbow daughter in-calf to Warrior, she made 950gns to Bradley Farms Ltd.

Leading the Dexter returns were local breeders Mark & Sue Shimwell, they sold Brereton Lulu, a super young heifer for 500gns to P Hardwick.

Top priced Red Poll came from S Temple, Bowland Candice was sold in-calf and made 700gns to Mr B Sanderson.

In the SHEEP section, there was a wide variety of sheep on offer but top prices were dominated by the Greyface Dartmoor who held their own Society Show. Two shearling rams shared the day's top price at 340 gns; first from Mrs Liz Dawson Mudd'le flock, and the second from the Springfield flock of Messrs S & J Bullock. Mrs Dawson also put forward the top price shearling ewe of her Mudd'le flock at 320 gns, the best from the Springfield flock at 250 gns. The leading ewe lamb at 150 gns came from Messrs Bullock with a 2012 born ewe from Gina Davies leading the old ewes at 180 gns.

The Sheep Show Champion was a Cotswold female, Darley Moor Gentian from Mrs J M Fearn which made 160 gns to D Firbank, Congleton, with a Cotswold ram lamb from the same breeder also making 160 gns, this time to F C Millward, Whitchurch.

Other leading breed prices included Ryeland — shearling ewes to 155 gns; ewe lambs to 75 gns; Jacob — shearling ewes 115 gns, Ram Lambs to 100 gns.

Leading the PIG section was a Large White gilt from David Brock, Whitley sold in-pig, and which made 300 gns to D Beeby, Nether Alderley. The pig Champion also a Large White from Stephen Booth, Warburton, made 200 gns to A Hulme, Leek and the Reserve Champion, a May born Tamworth Boar from Cheshire East Council, made 140 gns heading to Norfolk.


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