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Hat-trick for Solway View herd

Dumfriesshire British Blue breeder, Kevin Watret, came home in style from last week's breed sale at Carlisle, having not only produced the overall champion but also the sale leader and personal best at public auction at 11,000gns.

Solway View Flying Colours sold for the top price of 11,000gns
Solway View Flying Colours sold for the top price of 11,000gns

Setting the trade alight early on in the sale was Solway View Flying Colours, a 28-month-old black and white ET bull on his first outing, brought out by stockman Ali Jackson. A full sister to the junior champion and reserve junior inter-breed champion at the Great Yorkshire, which went on to sell for 5600gns at Carlisle, last October, this beefy bull is bred from a flush out of Andy Ryder's Springfield Carissa, a Tamhorn Sumo daughter, and by Colos Van Daisel. He first went on to secure the male championship, the supreme overall and a price tag of 11,000gns selling to Mrs Chrichton's Monzie Farms commercial enterprise, managed by Wilson Peters, Monzie, Crieff, Perthshire.

Despite the wintery weather, bulls sold well throughout, with two coming under the hammer for 6500gns each. First to make this money was Osborne Flash, a 27-month-old bull from Alan Twentyman at Longhead, Wigton, Cumbria. A son of Empire D'Ochain, he is out of Osborne Bramble, and sold to RA and BEC Allison, Lesserlinn, Kirkfieldbank, Lanark.

Matching the 6500gns price tag was Lukeroyal Google ET from Northern Ireland breeders, Mel and Dianne Lucas, Co Antrim. He is the result of a flush from Lukeroyal Duchess and sired by Bringlee Carlos, and was knocked down to D and E Broadbent, Green House Farm, Thorney Lane, Luddendenfoot, Halifax.

See this week's The Scottish Farmer, out February 2, for full report on the sale, including pictures of the trade leaders.

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