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Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn, topped the Blackface Sheepbreeders Association female show and sale at Lanark last weekend at 6,5000gns with a one-crop ewe, by £14, 000, Elmscleugh out of a Midlock ewe.  Placed third in her class by judge, Robert Kay, Straiton, it sold carrying twins to Hilmar Eide, Norway.
The Blackwoods also sold a gimmer, by £26,000 Crossflat, out of a McTavish dam, which was carrying a single to Bolt, for 3,800gns to Robbie and Paul Coulson, Hexham.
The second top price was 6,000gns for a gimmer from John and Charlie Harkin, Loughash, Northern Ireland. By £6,500 Midlock, out of a McRea dam and carrying twins to £60,000 Dalchirla, it sold to a County Galway buyer. The Loughashs also sold a one-crop ewe, by £6,500 Midlock out of a £4,500 Auchloy ewe, also in-lamb with twins to £60,000 Dalchirla, for 4,000gns, to a buyer in County Cork.
Ewen McMillan, Lurg, Fintry sold a two-crop ewe, a daughter of £9,000 Lurg out of a Dalchirla bred ewe, and in-lamb to £60,000 Dalchirla for 2,800gns to C.C. MacArthur and Co, Nunnerie, Elvanfoot. Mr McMillan also sold the reserve champion, for 2,200gns.  Another two-crop ewe, this time by The Apprentice, out of a £2,000 Midlock ewe, also carrying twins to £60,000 Dalchirla, it sold to John Harkin.
Billy Renwick and sons, Andrew and Steven, Blackhouse, Yarrow achieved their best price ever of 2,500gns for a daughter of £65,000 Auldhouseburn, out of a £30,000 Glenrath ewe, carrying twins to a home-bred son of £55,000 Connachan, which sold to Elliot Bowman, Islay.
Andy and son Andy Woodburn, Muirkirk, sold a three-crop ewe, Beyonce, which had been supreme champion at Muirkirk show, 2011 and open champion in 2010 for 2,200gns. By Cazaghe, out of a £17,000 Netherwood ewe and in-lamb with twins, to £4,800 Dalchirla, it sold to Glenree Farmers, Isle of Arran.
The pre-show champion, a gimmer, by Jings out of a McCallan dam, from Mary McCall Smith, Crieff, sold carrying twins to a grandson of £18,000 Midlock, to judge, Robert Kay, for 2,000gns.

AVERAGES
32 gimmers, £1,350.23 (+£481.35); 12 ewes, £2,056.25 (-£271.60).

Auctioneers Lawrie and Symington.

 

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THE sheep inter-breed trophy  at the Royal Welsh this year heads up to Aberdeenshire after the Ingram family from Inverurie took top honours with a home-bred aged ewe from their Charollais flock.

The winner was Logie Durno Kate, which was breed champion at this year’s Royal Highland Show and is full sister to the 2010 Royal Welsh breed champion; Logie Durno Jackpot. The ewe, which took the continental title before taking the overall inter-breed, is by Rockvilla Golden Promise and out of a Rutland ewe.
Earlier in the day the ewe had been teamed with a ram, also from the Ingrams, to win the inter-breed pairs trophy. This tup, Ffrwd Lord of the Ring, is by a Rhaeadr tup and was bred by Dewi Prichard Evans of Anglesey. The Ingrams bought the ram for 3,200gns at the main NSA ram sales at Builth Wells last year.

Patrick Tantrum of Landrindod Wells was the individual inter-breed judge and his overall runner-up was the winner of the native upland section; a two-year-old Beulah Speckled Face ram from Dyfan Evans of Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire. The tup is by a Bound sire and was bought privately as a yearling from breeder Mervyn Price, Penycrug, Builth Wells. This was its first show outing.

Reserve in the continental judging was a Rouge ewe from Percy Tait of Hackett, Worcester. This ewe was fresh from success at the Great Yorkshire Show where it scooped the overall inter-breed prize for the second consecutive year. The home-bred five-year-old is by Knighton Boycey.

A Brecknock Hill Cheviot ram from well-known cattle breeders Huw and Wendy Morgan of Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, took the runner-up rosette in the native upland section. This was the first show outing for the ram, which was bred by P. Davies of Sennybridge and bought by the Morgan as a yearling.

Winner in the native lowland section was a shearling ewe from the Welsh Mule section. This home-bred tup was shown by Ben Powell on behalf of his parents Howell and Liz who farm at Rhayader, Powys.

The ewe was followed by a Clun Forest ram from Brian and Anne Davies of Garthbrengy, Brecon. The ewe was bred by B. Froggart and bought as a shearling from Ludlow last year.
Reserve in the inter-breed pairs competition went to a Kerry Hill shearling ram and shearling ewe.
The home-bred ram from Geraint Roberts of Denbigh is by a Myndcal tup and this was its first major show outing.
The ewe exhibited by Sion Jones of Aberystwyth was bred by J.P. Owens and bought at a sale in Ludlow. Its previous show successes include the rare breeds title on the second day of this year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival.

 

 

 

 

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TWO of the Limousin breed’s more recent newcomers were cherry picking at the Buriton Estate’s Miscombe herd dispersal last Saturday in Newark.

 Bidding reached 12,000gns but with a strong demand throughout, more than 30 animals made 5,000gns or more and the sale grossed almost £500,000.

Lockerbie based Swalesmoor herd owner Danny Swarij, who also owns Alba Proteins, Penrith, paid top money for July 2006-born Miscombe Bolande, an Imperial daughter out of the Broadmeadows Cannon daughter Bellisle Olande. She sold with an impressive Branceille bull calf at foot and had run with Loosebeare Bomber.

Also Lockerbie-bound at 11,000gns and the second of the 31 animals at 5,000gns or more was Miscombe Blackbird, a May 2006-born Truffaut daughter out of the Jockey-sired Miscombe Raven. She sold with a Branceille-sired bull calf at foot.

At 9,500gns, Dai Walters was the successful bidder for Miscombe Bubble, a Ramses daughter out of the Uplands Batman daughter Miscombe Oasis. She sold with her Loosebeare Bomber sired heifer calf at foot to the Lisbane, Cardiff herd owner.

A total of five others then traded at 9,000gns, the first being the March 2008-born Oxygene daughter Miscombe Dove. She is out of the Imperial daughter Miscombe Albatross, and sold served to Uplands Batman – also to Mr Walters.

Selling for the same figure was the April 2008-born Miscombe Downlands, a Samy daughter out of a Batman daughter and with Brancielle-sired heifer calf at foot. She had run with Miscombe Dynamite and was knocked down to joint buyers Danny Wyllie and Peter Mallaber, Staffordshire.

The third sale at 9,000gns came when Dai Walters took  Miscombe Becca, a  President daughter out of the Cannon sired Miscombe Rebecca. Becca sold with a Ulys-sired bull calf at foot.

Next at 9,000gns was the top seller in the maiden heifers, Miscombe Gamble. She is an April 2011-born Oxygene daughter out of the Samy daughter Miscombe Chance, and sold with a beef value of +29 to Messrs White, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire.

The final bid at this level was made by C. J. Dare and Son, Honiton, Devon when they bought stock bull Miscombe France. He is an April 2010-born Neuf son out of the Imperial daughter Miscombe Britania and has a beef value of +35.

Other leading bids included the show heifer Miscombe Dunlin with bull calf at foot at 8,500gns to Dai Walters; the 2010-born heifer Miscombe Falcon, served by Miscombe France and sold at 8,200gns to Messrs Waring, York, and the 7,800gns Miscombe Vanthe, an eight year old cow an Anecdote sired bull calf at foot to Mr Walters. He also paid 7,500gns for a Rocky daughter  PD’d in calf to Batman.

Averages; 15 in-calf cows £4,480, 31 cows and calves £6,130.64, three weaned bull calves £1,995, six weaned heifer calves £2,100, five heifers with calves at foot £5,649, 21 served heifers £4,195.23, 18 maiden heifers £3,150, three stock bulls £5,355, 13 young bulls £2,350.38. Auctioneers Newark Livestock Sales.

 

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FOR the third consecutive year Robert and Elaine Butterfield took home the inter-breed dairy title.

The judging, which took place on Wednesday, moved to an equine ring and it was the Butterfields Holstein cow, Ards Duplex O Ruth, that was tapped out as the overall winner by judge Jeff Daw of Swindon, Wiltshire.

Ruth, a Mesland Duplex daughter, calved with her third in November and was shown giving 56kg. Classified EX93 she gave over 13,000 litres in her second lactation at 4.45 per cent butterfat and 3.4 per cent protein. Rose was bred by Messrs Patton of Northern Ireland and was bought by the Butterfields who farm at Bentham, Lancashire, as a baby calf at Beeston mart. The Butterfields winner from the last two years, Saxelby Goldwyn Rose, was at the show and won her senior cow in-calf class.

Ards Duplex O Ruth from R and E Butterfield

The runner-up was the Dairy Shorthorn champion, Churchroyd Bronte Wildeyes 31, from I.R.G. Collins and Partners of Dewsbury. A second calver Wildeyes is out of an EX90 dam and was shown two weeks calved after giving over 9,000kg in her first lactation. She was reserve inter-breed heifer champion at last year’s Great Yorkshire show. The Collins family were showing a team of 10 and they also took the reserve breed title with Churchroyd Heather 30, and the heifer championship with Churchroyd Mischief 4.

In the inter-breed heifer championship the winner was a Ladino Park Talent daughter, Riverdane LPT Molly, from Riverdane Holsteins of Middlewich, Cheshire.

In the other dairy breeds the Ayrshire title went to Richard Baynes of Hexham, Northumberland, with Morwick Fawn 3. This eighth calver has given over 72 tonnes of milk and is currently giving 45 litres after calving two months ago.Her previous show wins include reserve inter-breed at the Royal Highland in 2005 and inter-breed at the 2005 Northumberland Show. Classified EX94,  Fawn 3 is part of the Baynes family’s 150-strong herd made up of Ayrshires and Dairy Shorthorns.

The Jersey title went to Woodbine Comerica Sandpiper 2 from Coldeaton Jerseys of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. This second calver, by Bridon Remake Comerica, was breed champion at last year’s Ashbourne show. She calved at the end of March and was shown giving 24kg.

The dairy Burke trophy was also awarded at the show and the winning pair from the Holstein breed were the inter-breed champion paired with Peak Goldwyn Rhaposody, an EX97 intermediate cow, from Yasmin Bradbury of Buxton, Derbyshire.

 

 

 

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The trip from Crumlin, South Wales was worthwhile for William Edwards and Amanda Thomas when they took their third Pig of the Year title with their 12-month-old Saddleback gilt, Pantyscawen Rosette 15, which is six weeks in-pig.

In reserve was Steve Loveless, Bridport, Dorset with his July 2011-born, Large White sow, Portbredy Blackberry, by Portbredy King David.

Male champion was D.D. Hobbs, Wimborne, Dorset, with Sunrise Hamster, a October, 2011-born Landrace boar.

 

Pantyscawen Rosette 15 from Edwards and Thomas

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The inter-breed pig championship  at the Great Yorkshire Show went to M.J. Kiddy and Sons, Sandy, Bedfordshire with Balsham Sunshine 40, by Greenway Charles, a January 2012-born British Lop gilt on her first show ring outing. Her mother was inter-breed champion at Newark and Nottinghamshire.

In reserve was F. Fieldhouse and Son, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire with Calcaria Rope, a home-bred December 2011-born Large White boar, by Seaborough Rope.

Interbreed champion, Balsham Sunshine from M J Kiddy and Son

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