THE standalone pedigree British Blue fixture for 12 head, which achieved total clearance, included the annual production sale from the Greystone pedigree herd run by brothers Alan and Graham Coates, Rainscar Farm, Stainforth.

It again lived up to expectations, with top call of 5,600gns falling to Greystone Speedy, a naturally born May, 2022, maiden heifer by Baigneur De Tohogne, snapped up by F&MP Allinson, Baldersdale, Barnard Castle.

A second Baigneur daughter, the April, 2021, Greystone Rita, out of the home-bred naturally calving Greystone Korky, who remains in the herd, run with the 15,000gns Auchenlay Ranger, also did well at 5,000gns when joining Tim and Lisa Metcalfe, Clayton, Bradford.

With different lineage and hitting 4,900gns was Greystone Roxy, a December, 2021, daughter of Goodhills Emperor, by the Almeley Ginola-sired Greystone Lady, who also remains in the herd, as do four full sisters, with full brothers selling at 10,000gns into pedigree herds. Roxy joined J Cardwell, Doncaster.

Greystone Sofia, an April, 2022, and last daughter of the late, great Almeley Ginola, also caught the eye at 4,000gns when going to Henley Livestock, Bolton Percy, Tadcaster.

The North Craven herd also made 3,100gns with a pedigree bull, Greystone Ransom, a December, 2021 son of Bandit Van Het Lindeveld, a 2022 Skipton breed champion. Bred from another Ginola daughter, Greystone Mandy, Ransom joined local dairy farmer Colin Whitelock, Gargrave, Mark and Elaine Hartley, Pendle herd, Roughlee, got the sale off to a solid start with two maiden heifers, the best, Pendle Star, a February, 2022, son of Greystone Noveltee, himself by the prolific Ginola, again falling to Mr Cardwell at 3,800gns.

The Hartleys also presented the top price 4,200gns bull, the April, 2021, Pendle Rascal, also by Noveltee and naturally born daughter of Pendle Nancy. A strong, mobile type, Rascal found a new home with FW Robinson and Son, Woodhall Spa.

Back with the girls, the Gill family, Hallfield herd, Dacre, Harrogate, consigned a six-month-old April-born heifer, Hallfield Tara, selling for 2,400gns to D Holmes, Oxenhope. Strong averages saw heifers level at £3,861 and bulls £3,832.