Local breeder tops sale of Galloways

The champion, Barlaes Robina 28th
The champion, Barlaes Robina 28th

A packed ringside saw Norman Kyle judge one of the best spring shows of Galloways in Carlisle in recent years.

His champion and reserve came from an excellent, well presented line-up from local breeder Robert McTurk, of Barlaes, Dalry, Castle Douglas.

The champion, Barlaes Robina 28th, is a Barack Obama of Fingland daughter, this April 2012-born sold for 2600gns to return purchaser, D Weeks, Twyn ffilkins, Pontillanffraith, Wales. Mr Weeks also paid 2600gns for another of Robert’s 10 heifers, Barlaes Brownie 27th, this 21-month-old heifer is again a Barack Obama daughter. The reserve champion, again a Barack Obama daughter, is a month older than her champion stable mate and sold to D & R Cornthwaite, Balgray Hill, Lockerbie, for 2300gns.

Robert McTurk also received the next best top price of 2100gns for Barlaes Grace 82nd. This unplaced heifer is off a homebred sire Barlaes Colossus and out of Barales Grace 46th. This March 2012-born heifer is off home with N Ireland, New House Farm, Dirgg, Holmrook, Cumbria. Mr Ireland also took home Barlaes Kate 53rd for 2000gns. This second place heifer is also a Barlaes Colossus daughter. In total, five of the Barlaes heifers made over 2000gns and the 10 heifers averaged £1998.10.

The champion male was Ballavair Black Diamond from Isle of Man-based John Teare. This Klondyke Powerplay son sold for 1100gns to Lochenkit Farm Partnership, Bettyknowes, Crocketford.

The reserve male was the second price bull Beanley Defiance from J Carr-Ellison, Hedgeley Hall, Powburn, Alnwick. This Penninghame Nipper son sold for 1500gns to J A Robinson, New House Farm Holdwick, Middleton in Teesdale,

Husband and wife partnership, Gordon and Kathleen Gilligan, High Creoch, Gatehouse of Fleet, sold the top price bull Merlin of High Creoch for 1700gns. This third prize bull sold to Mr J Thornton, East Murton Farm, Wingate, County Durham.

Mountbenger Fabio from J F Irving & Son, Mount Benger, Selkirk, was also sold for 1500gns. This Braveheart of Galloway son sold to Ardwall Farms, Ardwall House, Gatehouse of Fleet.