There was a packed ringside at Longtown mart on Monday 27th August to see the dispersal of Paul Braithwaite`s Albion Herd of Beef Shorthorns as part of the annual pedigree Beef Shorthorn female sale at this venue.

This old established North Yorkshire based herd is renowned for its successes on the show circuit and offered buyers an excellent selection of high-health cows and heifers.  Their dispersal averaged £3,465.  Overall, a catalogued entry of 84 cows and heifers with 40 calves at foot averaged £2,143 per head.

The first animal in the ring set the tone at 7,200gns.  An in-calf heifer, Albion Tanzy Carrisa, by Democrat of Upsall, a prize-winner at this year`s Great Yorkshire Show, she sold to A & C Farms of Oakham, Rutland.  These buyers also took another in-calf heifer, Albion Rosebud Kuljeet, again by Democrat, at the same 7,200gns price and, another, Albion Rosebud Kasarna at 6,800gns.

Top price was 8,000gns paid, after spirited competition, by Lady Nairn, Balnabroich, Blairgowrie for Albion Rosebud Jihan by Democrat of Upsall.  A roan heifer with a heifer calf at foot, she was breed champion at a number of Northern shows and is in calf to Glenbrae Grant.  Balnabroich took four other cows and heifers to 4,800gns for Albion Jilt Jadazia, a Democrat of Upsall daughter and first prizewinner at this year`s great Yorkshire, and 4,200gns for each of two; the heifer with calf, Albion Maryann Jacinta and a cow with calf, Albion Maryann Freya.  The former by Democrat, the latter by Tarrant Arnie.

The dearest cow with calf was Albion Jilt Amelia which went at 5,200gns to S.G. Mair & Sons, Kinnermit, Turriff and other Albion prices included 3,500gns to Balnabroich; 3,400gns to Mr Watson, Ballyfirth, Granton on Spey; 3,400gns to Messrs Marshall, Eastlands, Crocketford & 3,000gns each to Tim Riley, Stoneyroyd, Hebden Bridge & Messrs Hunter, Woodlands Hall, Consett.  Many others from Albion exceeded 2,000gns.

Top price from the collective sale was 2,300gns for Pikelowe Gold Girl, a cow with calf at foot, from Andrew Thompson, Chorley, purchased by Mr Clayton, Accrington.  Other cows and calves made to 1,900gns Messrs Tailford, Lipwood Herd and 1,800gns to D.J. Biggar, Chapelton and Diane Oliver from her Pennymuir herd reduction.  Two in-calf heifers from Coxhill realised 1,800gns and maiden heifers looked good value, making to a top of 1,700gns each from Messrs Ivinson, Sandwick and Messrs Johnson, Gilven.