Autumn calving portion of renowned Blelack herd to be sold in dispersal sale

Purchasers given rare opportunity to invest in top genetics as part of British Charlois Society's Spring Show and Sale

Graeme Massie with some of the Blelack Herd
Graeme Massie with some of the Blelack Herd

A complete dispersal sale is to be held next month for the autumn calving portion of the renowned Blelack herd.

A total of 33 pedigree British Charolais cows and heifers, both served and suckling with a total of 27 calves, plus nine in-calf heifers, are to be sold at Borderway Mart in Carlisle as part of the British Charolais Society’s 36th Spring Show and Sale on May 8 and 9.

The herd was founded in 1970 by the Massie family, who today produce quality modern British Charolais cattle.

They have a consistent record of producing top-class bulls and females, often winning championship prizes at shows across the country, and have achieved many top prices at the Stirling Bull Sales.

The stock being sold from the Blelack herd will also give customers the opportunity to buy a female with a young bull at foot, and to bring it on to maturity themselves in natural conditions, without being forced, as is often the case.

In total, the Spring Show and Sale will include 215 British Charolais Cattle, 164 Bulls and 50 females.

Scott Donaldson, sales director at Harrison and Hetherington, which runs Borderway Mart, said: “This sale is another sale in the highly prestigious pedigree Charolais dispersal sales we have been privileged to hold here at Borderway in recent years, which have included the Fairway, Rumsden, and Mowbraypark dispersal sales and the on-farm Wesley dispersal sale.

“Blelack is synonymous with top show cattle and top EBV values, so purchasers are being given a very rare opportunity to buy top genetics from a top breeder such as Graeme Massie.”

The comments were echoed by David Benson of the British Charolais Cattle Society who saw the stock for sale earlier this month.

“This is one of our noted and respected Charolais Cattle breeders, and the bloodlines are very influential in modern British Charolais genetics,” he said.

“They are cattle of outstanding quality which will certainly make their mark in any breeding herd, and have potential as foundation females for new breeders looking to start their own Charolais herd.”

Harrison and Hetherington are the appointed auctioneers for all major beef, dairy and sheep breed societies throughout the UK, with Borderway being the country’s largest livestock sale centre, handling 800,000 head of cattle and sheep annually.

The auction regularly attracts buyers from the length and breadth of the UK,

However, a new on-line bidding system means the Spring Show and Sale will also be showcased to purchasers across the world.

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