Saturday 9 May saw a flying trade with a record average of £7476 for cows and calves at the Blelack production sale, with a top price of 16,200gns being secured by exhibitor NF Massie OBE, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire.
The sale leader was a four year old cow with her eight month old bull calf sold for a combined price of 16,200gns. Blelack Gretel TI +70 SRI +61 who is sired by the 15,000gns Goldies Dynamite sold to J and A Price, Staunton-On-Wye, Herefordshire for 12,000gns while her bull calf a Caylers Hustler son Blelack Jeffrey went for 4,200gns to C and E McCombie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Next to go at 11,000gns was a cow and calf outfit. The three year old Goldies Dynamite daughter Blelack Heidi TI +55 SRI +46 went with her six month old heifer calf Blelack Julia who is sired by Caylers Hustler, to purchasers NA Wattie, Alford, Aberdeenshire. The same buyer also paid 9,000gns for another three year old cow and six month old heifer outfit, the Ugie Echo daughter Blelack Hollyhock TI +50 SRI +43 and calf Blelack Jill sired by Caylers Hustler.
Also selling at 11,000gns was the two year old in-calf heifer Blelack Iris TI +60 SRI +57 by the 10,000gns Balmyle Dingle. Her buyer was W and CS Robb, Mauchline, Ayrshire who also paid 10,000gns for Blelack Frond TI +50 SRI +56 by Swalesmoor Bayonet and her eight month old heifer calf Blelack Jacaranda who is sired by the 9,000gns Carlisle supreme champion Glencoe Hagrid. Messrs Robb later purchased the six month old heifer calf Blelack Jasmine, a daughter of the 25,000gns Balbithan Vespasian for 2,800gns. While her five year old dam Blelack Eloise TI +23 SRI +23 sired by the 12,000gns Coolnaslee Adversary sold for 3,500gns to Glyn Owen, Wells, Powys bringing a total for the pair to 6,300gns.
Selling at 8,000gns to Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire was a five year old in-calf cow also by Adversary, Blelack Ethel TI +31 SRI +33. Mr Barclay also purchased another in-calf Adversary daughter the six year old Blelack Dulcie TI +41 SRI +42 for 6,000gns.
Another Cow and Calf outfit sold for a total of 8,000gns, Blelack Fawn TI +54 SRI +50 by Goldies Dynamite went to AJ Ewing, Annan, Dumfriesshire, at 5,000gns, while 3,000gns secured her seven month old son of Blelack Digger, Blelack Jackdaw for A and A Provan, Douglas, Lanarkshire.
Blelack Ginny TI +57 SRI +54, a daughter of Goldies Dynamite and her heifer calf Blelack Juliet sired by Caylers Hustler were the next to sell for a combined price of 7,100gns. With Ginny going to Messrs Morr and Bow for 4,300gns, while her daughter was purchased for 2,800gns by Reelow Livestock, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Two in calf heifers sold for 7,000gns. Firstly the 23 month old Blelack Ivy TI +45 SRI +31 by the 11,000gns Maerdy Dublin was bought by GJ & CD Smith, Liskeard, Cornwall, followed by J Preece & Sons, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire who purchased Blelack Isis TI +52 SRI +54, a 25 month old daughter of the 10,000gns Balmyle Dingle.
The final lot to sell for 6,000gns was another Goldies Dynamite daughter, the four year old Blelack Foxglove TI +54 SRI +51. She was purchased by LH Wardle, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire along with her six month old heifer calf Blelack Janey who is sired by Glencoe Hagrid.
Averages: 15 cows with calves at foot £7476, 15 in-calf cows £4578, seven in-calf heifers £5910 Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.