Highland Cattle Sale
Ladies Man Julian 3rd Tops The Sale At 2200 Guineas
A two year old Highland bull, described by his breeders as one that never lets a lady pass by, attracted considerable attention at the Annual Spring Show and Sale held by the Highland Cattle Society at Chelford last Saturday and achieved the day's top price of 2200 gns.
Julian 3rd of Walton was put forward by his breeders Suzanne and Arthur Hill, of Much Wenlock, Shropshire as part of a Reduction Sale of their prize winning Walton Fold. The quality of cattle put forward by Mr and Mrs Hill certainly didn't disappoint the large number of Highland breed enthusiasts gathered at Chelford last week, all achieving prices well above pre-sale expectations.
Julian had been placed Reserve Champion in the pre-sale show by the day's Judge Stephen Hunter of Shotts, Lanarkshire and it was his easy temperament and obvious attraction to the females that provoked lively bidding at sale time, before he was finally knocked down for 2200 gns to D & T Wood, Haverthwaite, Cumbria.
Show Championship went to the March 2010 born black bull, Uther Dhubh Chanaidh of Headlind, shown by Sally and Stephen Leighton, from near Chesterfield, Derbyshire. This bullock won six breed championships during the last two years and made 1700 gns to M R Westcott, Minehead, Somerset.
The long journey from Merthyr Cynog ,Brecon paid off for Mrs Beverley Evans when her white yearling bull Conan of Yscirfawr, made 950 gns to R Wain, Matlock, Derbyshire.
Highland females achieved a 100% clearance in the Sale with a leading price of 1000 gns for the January 2011 born heifer Una Ruadh 45th of Pollock, part of the Walton Fold reduction sale. Having won shows last summer she has recently been served by the stock bull, and was purchased by Robin Chilton, buying on behalf of P Kennaway Llangollen, North Wales.
The leading priced cow also came from the Walton Fold reduction, this time Lady Mina 2nd of Cim, sold with her heifer calf at foot by the stock bull Alasdair, made 900 gns to I H Walker, Stableford, Newcastle, Staffordshire.
The 2 year old heifer class was also dominated by a Walton heifer, being awarded first prize in the class with Ursuhla 36th of Walton making 850 gns to E Edwards, Melbourne, Derbyshire.
Yearling Heifers met strong demand throughout the sale, with several making over 600 gns, and being led by another Walton heifer, this time Lady Mina 1st of Walton, a daughter of the stock bull Alasdair Ruadh of Auchtenny and already a proven show winner, making 700 gns to C Klinger, Snetterton, Norfolk.
10 Bulls £1323.00
2 Cows in-calf £693.00
2 Cows with calves £892.00
1 Three year old heifers £1100.00
4 Two year old heifers £695.62
8 Yearling Heifers £582.75