A SPECIAL sale of pedigree British Blue cattle, which featured the annual draft from the North Craven-based Greystone pedigree herd run by brothers Alan and Graham Coates at Rainscar Farm, Stainforth, took place at Skipton Auction Mart last week.

Joint top price of 4,000gns fell to a brace of females. The first was for Greystone Purdey, an all-black yearling heifer by Farouk de st Amand bred from one of the herd’s biggest cows in Greystone Kansas, a daughter of Almeley Ginola, which sold to J Cardwell, of Askern in South Yorkshire.

The second 4,000gns sale was for Greystone Pringle, a December 2020, daughter of the easy calving Pendle Bruce, bred from the Ringmaster daughter, Greystone Herpine, which joined Joe Crust’s Betterbred herd in Spilsby, Lincolnshire. Other Greystone entries sold at 3,900gns, 3,200gns and 3,000gns twice, the herd average coming out at £3,692.

Ian Wainwright travelled south from Cupar in Fife with a pen of very mobile British Blue bulls, which had lived out and looked ready for work, with his best the 2019 Todhall Otter, by Sheehils Inspiration and a grandson of Bringlee Carlos, bred from Todhall Heather, a Colos Van Daisel daughter.

Otter returned to Scotland when heading to Turiff in Aberdeenshire to a long-standing customer of the company in Bill Stephens for 5,000gns. Another 2019 bull, Todhall Orion, also by Sheehills Inspiration, out of a Tamhorn Fernando dam, sold locally for 3,700gns to Gargrave’s Colin Whitelock.