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New record price set for Belgian Blue.

A new breed record of 12,000gns was set at the Border Belgian Blue Club's spring show and sale at Borderway, Carlisle ( the largest show of the breed in the UK.

As many as 133 of the 161 bulls presented for sale found new homes. The record for the breed was broken by 1,000gns over last year's Carlisle May sale leader.

Top bulls attracted spirited bidding with many animals changing hands above vendors' expectations, resulting in 23 bulls selling for 5,000gns and above, and 133 bulls averaging pounds 3,531.32

Stephen Stoddart of Hillside, Wigton, obtained the top price with their March 2002 born bull, Park U Bouncer. Sired by Greystone Poncho and out of Park Opal, a Cowden Landlord daughter, he was successfully bought by RE Miller of West Farm, Aspatria, Carlisle. The supreme champion of the two-day event, Black n Blue Union Jack, bred and owned by Sally Lloyd of Stonycroft Farm, Leominster, notched up the next leading price tag of 9,000gns.

A son of Jiosco de Focant and bred from a Ridge Dean cow, he sold to J Nelson & Sons of Bull and Cave Farm, Clapham.

Averages: 46 senior bulls pounds 3,866.74 (plus pounds 191.74); 44 intermediate bulls pounds 3,295.56 (minus pounds 455.03); 43 junior bulls pounds 3.413.72 (plus pounds 455.03); 133 bulls overall pounds 3,531.32 (plus pounds 161.45). Eight heifers in calf pounds 2,625.00 (n/c); 18 heifers unserved pounds 2,321.66 (plus pounds 398.84); six cows and heifers served and/or suckling pounds 2,747.50 (plus pounds 643.46); 3 recipients with FOT calves at foot pounds 2,275.00 (n/c).
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 19, 2004
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