Upbeat trade in Bradford
Buyers from all points of the compass bought cattle at the Southfield, Blackbrook and Fishwick joint production sale in October at Southfield Farm, Drighlington, Nr Bradford. Even though the sale had been postponed twice due to FMD restrictions the sun brought out the buyers when it really mattered. 51 lots were catalogued, representing 27 animals from the Southfield herd, 18 from Blackbrook and six from Fishwick. The cattle looked a picture and all credit had to go to those involved to keep the animals looking so good during the two months hiatus since the original sale date of 11 August.
The first lot of the day to be sold was Southfield Gem. The entire sale proceeds of this 2006 born Blackbrook Neb sired heifer were donated to Cancer Research UK in grateful recognition of the treatment David and Angela’s son Richard received and will be receiving in the foreseeable future. The heifer was knocked down to John Harrison from the Settrington Herd in Yorkshire for 2500gns.
Top prices of the day went to three Blackbrook females who all made 3000gns or over. Blackbrook Pearl had a successful year in the show ring in 2006, taking 2nd place in the Junior Heifer class at the Royal Show and Junior Female Champion at Newark; the quality of the heifer was reflected in the highest price of the day at 3500gns, to D & A Blockley. Blackbrook Quaint made 3200gns and Blackbook Pleasure made 3000gns, both to D & A Blockley.
New faces were amongst the buyers with new herds being establish in Suffolk and Yorkshire. 10 lots were purchased by Messrs West, with Blackbrook Oyster, PD’d in calf to Blackbrook Odin being their top priced purchase of the day at 2540gns, with Southfield and Fishwick animals also in the consignment. The Wests are one of the largest herb producers in the country and are going into beef production having sold the dairy herd a number of years ago. Three Blackbrook lots - Blackbrook Phoenix (2200gns), Blackbrook Passion (2700gns) and Blackbrook Quaver (1200gns) decided that living in Yorkshire is to be recommended and they went to new breeder Mr Peter Bayles who lives near York
Established breeders also liked what they saw with Southfield Briar, a 6 year old cow with a cracking bull calf at foot by Southfield Awesome going to Nicky Luckett for 1050gns. The same buyer also took home Southfield Elite II, a 2004 born second calver with an impressive pedigree for 920gns. Nigel Fortun, buying for Prof. Craft in Devon took home a lorry load with Southfield Bewitched (1000gns), Southfield Enchanted (1200gns), Southfield Georgia (1200gns) and Southfield Glory (2000gns) alongside Blackbrook Pandora (1750gns) and Blackbrook Quince (2500gns). Also heading South were Southfield Diamond (110gns) and Blackbook Quiggle (1300gns), going to David Sheppy in Somerset. Closer to home the Walker family from York bought Fishwick Dianthus (1220gns) and Heyworth Geraldine (820gns) for their Newton herd.
Two bulls were catalogued, but only Southfield Flint was forward. This 2005 born Southfield Cobalt bull out of Southfield impulse was an impressive sight in the ring – full of power and presence – and whilst he did not make his reserve in front of the crowd he was later consigned to Nicky Luckett for 2500gns.
Southfield Gem - sold for 2500gns with all proceeds going to Cancer Research
Blackbrook Pearl - sold for 3500gns
Blackbrook Pleasure - sold for 3000gns