The dispersal of the Edenhurst Charolais herd on behalf of Peter Vasey within Borderway Mart, Carlisle grossed in excess of £437,000 including semen sales. There was a packed ringside of Charolais enthusiasts, who had been drawn to the sale to give the Vasey family a fitting send off after almost forty years of breeding Charolais cattle and they took their purchases home to all corners of the United Kingdom and Eire.
The top price of 17,800gns was paid for a four year old cow Edenhurst Georgette TI +52 SRI +54 and her five month old heifer calf Edenhurst Lisette. Georgette sired by the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister and Lisette sired by the 10,000gns former herd sire Ratoary Ferguson went home with AJ Stott, Canobie, Dumfries-shire.
Next to go for a total of 14,100gns was the six year old cow Edenhurst Emerald and her nine month old twin bull calves. Emerald, a Mowbraypark Paramount daughter was purchased by RDA Morrow, Coleraine, Co Derry, with her twin calves by Ratoary Ferguson going to different homes in Dumfries-shire. Edenhurst Jake with A Brown and Co, Crocketford at 3,300gns and Edenhurst Josh with AV Hamilton and Co, Thornhill at 3,200gns.
Next to purchase was DT and M Stobart, Carlisle, Cumbria who bought a cow and twin heifer calves for their grandson Harry at 12,200gns. The six year old Genus Houblon daughter Edenhurst Emma went with her twin five month old daughters Edenhurst Lily and Lulu sired by the herd sire Sandelford Harrison. The Stobarts also purchased the 17 month old Edenhurst Jemma sired by Dingle Hofmeister for 5,200gns.
The stock bull Sandelford Harrison by the 14,000gns Goldies Usher was next along at 12,000gns going to E Harrison and Sons, Ipswich, Suffolk.
Then a cow and her heifer calf was purchased for a total of 11,100gns. The eight year old cow Edenhurst Casandra by the homebred sire Edenhurst Titus was purchased by Claire Clapp, Tiverton, Devon for 5,700gns and her 11 month old daughter sired by Ratoary Ferguson went home to Hartfield, East Sussex with David Ross of Highfields Park Farm for 5,400gns.
Mr Ross went on to purchase another 22 lots to re-establish a Charolais herd at the previous home of the Cullum herd owned by Shelia McAlpine in the 1960s. His top lot at 6,600gns was a four year old Dingle Hofmeister daughter Edenhurst Grace and her seven month old daughter Edenhurst Lace sired by Ratoary Ferguson. He went on to purchase several other cow and calf units with Ferguson sired calves including Edenhurst Angeline by Edenhurst Titus and her six month old bull calf Edenhurst Lexicon at 5,800gns. Next came the eight year old Baggrave Minstrel daughter Edenhurst Charmer and her five month old son Edenhurst Lionheart. At 5,300gns was a four year old Mowbraypark Paramount daughter Edenhurst Ginnie and her son, the six month old Edenhurst Lancer. Two of his lots were purchased at 5,000gns, firstly the 29 month old first time calver Edenhurst Imogen sired by Blelack Roger and her two month old bull calf Edenhurst Limoges and a six year old Dingle Hofmeister daughter Edenhurst Florence and her heifer calf Edenhurst Laurel sired by Sandleford Harrison. In addition at 5,200gns he bought Edenhurst Jill, a 17 month old heifer by the same sire.
Mr Ross also purchased calves by Ratoary Ferguson from two more of the top priced lots. He bought the 10 month old Edenhurst Jade for 4,200gns and her seven year old mother Edenhurst Diamond by Edenhurst Bourbon went home with JM Cant and Partners, Arbroath, Angus, for 6,000gns. He also secured Edenhurst Jane for 5,200gns and her dam Edenhurst Venus by Oldstone Egbert was purchased by Gilbert Crawford, Maghera, Co Down, for 4,000gns giving a combined total of 9,200gns.
Mr Crawford purchased a total of seven lots including at 8,000gns the three year old Edenhurst HRH by Dingle Hofmeister and her two month old bull calf Edenhurst Lightning sired by Ratoary Ferguson. His other transactions included the 7 year old Edenhurst Titus daughter Edenhurst Deluxe for 4,000gns and her 11 month old bull calf Edenhurst Julius by Ferguson who went home with A and H McColm, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire for 4,400gns giving a gross total for the unit of 8,400gns. Mr Crawford also bought Border Festival, a six year old daughter of the reserve Highland Show champion Edenhurst Cognac for 4,300gns and her Ferguson sired bull calf Border Jamboree sold to Billy Turner, Ripon, North Yorkshire for 3,800gns.
Edenhurst Interlude a 21 month old daughter of Ratoary Ferguson was next to sell for 8,000gns to Claire Ferris, Millisle, Co Down.
At the same price was the six year old cow Edenhurst Elegance by Dingle Hofmeister and her two month old daughter Edenhurst Ladyjane going home to Darlington, Co Durham with Robert Jones, who also purchased the five year old Edenhurst Felicity by Edenhurst Cognac and her Ratoary Ferguson sired daughter Edenhurst Jenna for 7,200gns.
Going across the water to Eire and selling at 6,500gns to purchaser Martin Meehan, Invery, County Donegal was Edenhurst Hermajesty, a three year old 55,000gns Sportsmans Columbo daughter and her five month old bull calf Edenhurst Lionking by Ratoary Ferguson.
John Young, Denny, Stirlingshire was next to buy, purchasing a cow and her twin heifer calves for 6,100gns. Edenhurst Diana, a seven year old sired by Dingle Hofmeister and her two seven month old daughters Edenhurst Lucy and Locket by Ratoary Ferguson.
Two lots sold for 6,000gns. The first was a six year old Mowbraypark Paramount daughter Edenhurst Eliza and her two month old bull calf Edenhurst Lincoln by Sandelford Harrison who went home with JJ and E McGuigan to Maghera, Co Derry. Then an 18 month old heifer sired by Dingle Hofmeister, Border Jewel, was purchased by G and G Henderson, Bushmills Co Antrim.
Next to sell was the first calved heifer Edenhurst Imelia and her two month old daughter Edenhurst Leonora who was purchased by Rachel Dawson, Coalville, Leicestershire for 5,200gns.
Two further lots sold for 5,000gns. The first being purchased by JC Thornton and Son, Ravenglass, Cumbria, was Edenhurst Emelia, a six year old daughter of Mowbraypark Paramount and her heifer calf Edenhurst Louisiana by Sandelford Harrison.
The final lot to sell for 5,000gns was Fairway Jazz, a 17 month old bull bred by the late David Fattorini and sired by Alwent Goldbar who was purchased by WF Palmer, Truro, Cornwall.
Averages: 54 cows with calves £5,678, four in-calf cows £2,993, six in-calf heifers £3,395, 15 maiden heifers £4,438, one stock bull £12,600, five yearling Bulls £3,234, two bull calves £1,785 Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.