THE Haltcliffe production sale at Carlisle packed a
punch, with Haltcliffe Ra-quel topping the trade at 32,000gns.
Raquel is an August 2020 born daughter of Westpit Omaha, who was purchased privately by the herd in 2019 at the Royal Highland Show and out of Haltcliffe Opal, who was sold alongside Raquel. This heifer oozes style and has real presence. Raquel displays two sets of the Q204X myostatin gene.
Raquel heads to Gareth Corrie’s Drumhilla herd in Newtownards, having been bought in shares with Ms Claire Ferris of the Damview herd.
Gareth commented that Raquel is the best heifer he has seen in Carlisle: “I am looking forward to crossing her with Ampertaine Majestic, a double F94L ‘profit’ gene bull. One reason I was attracted to the heifer is her father Omaha, who I saw at the Royal Highland Show in 2019, a really excellent bull.”
Craig Ridley of the Haltcliffe herd said he was “very pleased with the sale on the whole, it is not every day you sell a heifer at that level under a year old. She would be one of the highest price females ever sold from Haltcliffe.”
He went on: “We are delighted with Westpit Omaha, who we pur-chased privately after he went to the Highland – we knew he needed to come back to Haltcliffe.”
Haltcliffe Opal, the dam of sale topper Raquel, was next in the stakes, going under the hammer for 14,000gns. March 2018 born Opal is a daughter of Ampertaine Elgin, who was purchased by the herd for 32,000gns in 2011.
Carrying her second calf, she is sold pd’d to Haltcliffe Olympus. Dam Haltcliffe Larissa is sired by 18,000gns Haltcliffe Fencer.
Opal displays myostatin genes of F94L and Q204X. Opal was bought by Ms Claire Ferris of the Damview herd, Millisle, County Down.
Hot on their heels was Haltcliffe Rose at 13,000gns. Sired by Grahams Nathan, this January 2020 born heifer is out of homebred cow Naples. Rose is a full sister to Haltcliffe Paul, sold for 13,400gns in May 2020 at Carlisle. Rose is the first of two lots that will now call the Sportsmans herd home with Boden and Davies based in Mellor, Stockport.
Haltcliffe Nikki with her heifer calf at foot achieved 12,000gns. Nikki is a daughter of Ballyrobin Joop, purchased by the herd in 2016 for 20,000gns. Dam Haltcliffe Bianca is a proven breeder, with progeny breeding to 18,000gns with Haltcliffe Fencer and 15,000gns Haltcliffe Gentry.
Nikki displays an impressive Beef Value of LM48, which places her in the top 10 per cent of the breed. Heifer calf at foot, Ritz, is a December 2020 born daughter of French bull Nectar, purchased by Haltcliffe in 2019. A half-sister to Ritz, Perfume sold later in the sale for 4800gns.
This promising pair sold to Andrew Ewing of the Fairywater herd based in Annan.
Next in the trade at 10,000gns is Haltcliffe Raffles, a March 2020 born heifer sired by 20,000gns Ballyrobin Joop and out of homebred cow Haltcliffe Igles, whose pedigree is packed with French bloodlines and previously bred Haltcliffe Mike, sold for 15,000gns at Carlisle in 2017.
A Beef Value of LM47 places Raffles in the top 10 per cent of the breed and she displays myostatin of F94L and NT821. Boden and Davies take Raffles back to their Sportmans herd in Stockport.
n 13 cows and heifers served &/or suckling £9,571.15;
n Six served heifers £4,532.50;
n 12 Maiden heifers £4,655;
n One bull £8,400.