ON Friday, December 10, a crowd of pedigree and commercial breeders head-ed to Borderway Mart, Carlisle, for the annual gathering of the Red Ladies Derby.
Christmas spirits were high for the final society sale of the year, attracting a large gathering for both the show and sale. The Red Ladies Derby saw an average of £4,565.55 for 54 heifers. Five of the top class heifers exceeded five figures. The Weaned Calf Sale saw an average of £3,068.33 for nine bull calves and £3,227.77 for 27 heifers.
Grahams Ruby was the first to go under the hammer for 20,000gns after winning her class and later crowned overall female champion in the show, travelling down from Stirling with R and J Graham for the event. This tops off a very successful year.
The January 2020-born heifer
Ruby is the first daughter to be offered for sale from the interbreed champion of the 2018 Royal Highland Show, Grahams Niaomi. Sired by the renowned AI bull, 32,000gns Ampertaine Elgin, a son
of Glenrock Ventura. Carrying myostatin of NT821 and Q204X and a beef value of LM41, this places Ruby in the top 10 per cent of the breed. Ruby was the jewel in the crown for Mary Cormack, who takes her home to the Restart herd based in Hoath, Canterbury.
Huntershall Rowena was also knocked down at 20,000gns, br-ought forward by Stephen Nixon, Wigton, Cumbria. Rowena is an August 2020-born daughter of 32,000gns Millgate fame and out of Dinmore Luxurious, which has a French dominated pedigree and is one of the two flushing cows at Huntershall. Rowena carries two copies of the NT821 myostatin gene. Rowena heads across the water to County Down with her new owners Mr P McKeag and Ms C Ferris, who purchased her in shares.
Hot on their heels at 15,000gns was Whinfellpark Royalty, bred by Messrs Jenkinson, Penrith, Cumbria. Royalty won her class and went on to be crowned Reserve Female Champion to the joint top price heifer Ruby.
The September 2020 heifer is a daughter of Gunnerfleet Lion and out of homebred cow, Whinfellpark Flair, who also bred Royalty’s full brother, Whinfellpark Poldark, who
went under the hammer for 18,000gns in May 2021. Displaying an impressive beef value of LM50 and carrying myostatin of F94L and Q204X, Royalty was the top choice for the Seisiog herd, purchased by Mr Jones, Llanrwst, north Wales.
Going under the hammer for 14,000gns was Spittalton Ravenelle, bred by J Burnett, Blair Drummond, Stirling. The December 2020 heifer
is a daughter of Ampertaine Opportunity, who was purchased for 40,000gns in shares between Tweeddale, Goldies and Spittalton. Out of the homebred cow Spittalton Nigella. Ravenelle carries myostatin of F94L/F94L and a beef value of LM34.
Another heifer from Stephen Nixon and the aforementioned Huntershall herd to make the leaderboard was Huntershall Rachelriley, achieving 12,000gns.
The July 2020-born heifer is a full sister to Rowena, who sold earlier in the sale for 20,000gns, sired by Millgate Fame and out of Dinmore Luxurious. A beef value of LM41 and myostatin of NT821 and Q204X, Rachelriley was the star of the show for A & J A Iveson, Hawes, north Yorkshire, heading to the Eastshaw herd.
Going under the hammer at 8000gns was Bangtidy Rosegold, brought forward by Mr A Hyslop, Kippen, Stirling. The January 2020-born Ampertaine Foreman sired heifer is out of Ironstone Madam, who also bred Bangtidy Ralphlauren, who sold for 8500gns in Stirling this October. Rosegold carries two copies of the F94L myostatin gene and a beef value of LM48.
This heifer was the golden ticket for Paul McArdle, taking her across to County Monaghan.
Another heifer bred by Stephen Nixon, Wigton, sold for 7000gns, Huntershall Roslyn. Roslyn is a July 2020-born Huntershall Gladiator daughter, the first daughter to be offered for sale from Baliea Juniorchamp. Roslyn carries myos-tatin traits of F94L and Q204X.
Roslyn was purchased by Mr M McKinstry, Crumlin, County Antrim.
Weaned Calf Section
Topping the trade was Sarkley Sabella, which went under the hammer for 18,000gns, bred by E H Pennie and Son, Montgomery, Powys. The April-2021 born heifer is sired by homebred bull Sarkley Osprey and is out of Sarkley Orabella, a daughter of Plumtree Fantastic. Sabella has a beef value of LM40 and myostatin of Q204X/Q204X. Sabella was the cream of the crop for the Wilodge herd that took her home to Shifnal, Shropshire.
Going under the hammer for 7000gns from M and J C Gould, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury, was
Woodmarsh Sovereign. The January
2021-born heifer was sired by Wilodge Cerberus and Wilodge Naturelle. Carrying myostatin of F94L and Q204X, she was purchased by I Robb, Omagh.
Collegeland Sara also sold for 4000gns from Thomas Clancy, Dungannon, County Tyrone. Sara is a January 2021-born Plumtree Fantastic daughter out of homebred cow Collegeland Molly. Sara carries myostatin of F94L and Q204X and goes home with Christin Cormack, Jedburgh Roxburghshire.