Reduction Sale of Lowther Pedigree Beef Shorthorns
There was a nice show of cattle at Charles Lowther's sale held at Nord Vue Farm, Armathwaite, Carlisle on Monday 17th September 2018 and a good ringside of interested parties. Unfortunately, however, trade was selective and many potential buyers were put off by the TB1 status of the herd health. In particular, there was an absence of Scottish buyers.
Pedigree cows with calves at foot looked good value with the top price for these being 2,000 guineas given by Graham Hunt, Sowerby Park, Thirsk for Lowther Lily 338, a Blelack Rupert daughter with a heifer calf at foot. Mr Hunt took advantage of the trade to buy several other cow and calf outfits. At 1,500 guineas, Lowther Special K, again by Blelack Rupert and with a heifer calf, went to Messrs Souter, Eggleston and the same 1,500 guineas figure was given by R. & J. Byers, Whitehill, Walton for the second calver, Lowther Ritzy 469, again with a heifer calf. Both Messrs Souter and Messrs Byers took the opportunity to buy others in the sale. Highest price in calf heifer was Lowther Lily 502, by Blelack Minstrel and in calf to Chapelton Kipling. She was bought by Messrs. Bendle, Scaleby.
The stock bull, Lowther Hugano, looked a good buy for A.N. and H.S. Tomkins of Hallsford, Hethersgill at 3,000 guineas.
There was only modest interest in the grade registered cows and heifers and some of these will be offered in the Longtown Breeding Cattle sale of Tuesday 16th October.
The Lowther herd needs no introduction with its tremendous record of show and sale successes based on an innovative breeding policy embracing the best of home and overseas genetics.
Animals from all the herd's famous cow families are represented in the sale which is a major reduction due to a change of focus for Charles. In the sale is the mother of the senior bull being shown at this year's Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire Shows as well as the sister of the 2015 Great Yorkshire Junior Champion.
The Lowther herd has, of course, enjoyed many successes at the national shows over the last decade with regular class wins at both the Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire. In 2015 Lowther Gervase was Overall Supreme Champion at the February Stirling Bull Sales following on Lowther Eclipse who was Senior Bull Champion at the February Stirling Bull Sales 2013. As well as this the herd has enjoyed many successes at the Stirling Autumn Sale and the Carlisle Spring Sale, taking eight female championships between these two premier events.
This sale is a wonderful opportunity for herds old and new to tap into the results of this policy. Bulls that the cows and heifers are in calf to include Lowther Konan, the highest muscle score Zetor bull on the index as well as the new herd purchase, Chapleton Kipling.
The fundamental breeding principals of the herd have always been to concentrate on good feet, udders, spring of rib and temperament whilst developing muscle mass, growth and ease of fleshing.