Pedigree beef sales return at Borderway with three full weekends to be staged at Harrison and Hetherington in May, where the Limousins will kick start it all next weekend – May 7.

“This year we have received fantastic interest across all breeds, with cattle travelling the length and breadth of the UK to be sold. More than 800 animals are set to go under the hammer, up 10% on on last year’s figure," said pedigree sales manager and auctioneer, James Little.

The second weekend – May 14 – is the turn of the continental sales, with a concentration of Charolais and British Blues, which are joined by the Blonde, Simmental and Saler breeds.

Commenting on behalf of The British Charolais Cattle Society, chairman Allen Drysdale, said: “On the back of tremendous spring bull sales for the Charolais breed and the very successful White and Gold sale held at Borderway in the Autumn, this is the last opportunity to buy a Charolais at an official spring society sale. We have a large entry put forward, with excellent bulls to suit every type of farming enterprise.

"We believe that the Charolais is the most efficient breed for farmers who want the most sustainable beef production. The continued demand for Charolais Suckled calves is growing year on year due to their unrivalled weight for age, without compromising on calving ease or fleshing ability."

Native day will kick off on May 21, with a total of 220 head of cattle on offer across the Beef Shorthorn, Aberdeen-Angus and Hereford breeds. With a premium being paid by supermarkets and restaurants for the best native bred prime cattle, these breeds have benefitted from a considerable resurgence in popularity in recent years.

Looking forward to the sale, Clive Brown, operations manager of the Beef Shorthorn Society, commented: “ The Beef Shorthorn of today is ideally positioned for a farming industry that’s increasingly looking towards sustainability and resource efficient production. It has greatly benefitted from 200 years of careful, intentional breeding which has resulted in a breed that capitalises on traditional, native traits - such as hardiness and efficient foraging - while delivering excellent yields and exceptionally well flavoured beef.

For the first time, the pedigree Belted Galloway and White Galloway bulls and females will be conducted online commencing on Thursday May 19.

“The entire team are looking forward to the May pedigree sales here at Borderway, which are regarded as one of the highlights of our sales calendar! The quality of cattle brought forward to these sales is second to none and we are very committed to providing a service which reflects this," concluded James.

Entries

Saturday May 7

Limousin – 171 bulls, 117 females

Saturday May 14

Charolais – 112 bulls, 15 females

British Blue – 99 bulls, 49 females and two recipients

Blonde – 10 bulls, one female

Simmental – seven bulls, 24 females including dispersal of the Tidkin herd

Salers – five bulls

Saturday May 21

Beef Shorthorn – 24 bulls, 39 females

Aberdeen-Angus – 93 bulls, 35 females

Hereford – 13 bulls, four female

Belted Galloway – seven bulls, 14 females