48 Bulls average £3,201 – Averages up £656 – Eleven bulls over 4,000gns
35 Heifers average £1,743 (+£330) – Cows & Calves average £2,488
Total sales gross £227,115 – Overall Clearance 84%
The British Limousin Cattle Society’s Autumn Show & Sale held at Brecon Livestock Market on Saturday 12th November 2011 met with a very solid trade which saw bull averages increase by £656 on the year for two more sold. Bidding was also brisk for females with 35 heifers averaging £1,743 (up by £330 on the year) with five cow and calf outfits realising £2,488 apiece. Out of 105 cattle forward, 88 found homes representing a very healthy 84% clearance. The sales gross was £227,000 – up by almost £50,000 compared with the corresponding sale in 2010.
The top price of 9,000gns was achieved by the local Brutus Herd of Messrs DS & DA Brute, Gwndwnwal Farm, Llan-Talyllyn, Brecon with their pre-sale Champion, Brutus Fixit, when selling to the noted Sarkley pedigree herd of EH Pennie & Son, Gwern-Yr-Ychain, Llandyssil,Montgomery, Powys. Established 12 years ago, the Brutus Herd presently numbers 9 cows which run alongside the 50-head commercial herd of Dai Brute, a well-known show calf producer. The 9,000gns price tag represented the herd’s top price at auction to date. April 2010 born, Brutus Fixit is by the Requin son, Bailea Umber, and is out of the Tanholm Claus daughter, Sherry Pompom. Fixit is full brother to Brutus Cracker, the show potential calf producer whose first five calves averaged £2,000. Brutus Fixit had earlier been put up as Junior & Overall Champion in the pre-sale show sponsored by Dalton Tags and judged by Mr James Cooper who runs the Tomshcoice Herd at Hill Top Farm, Lane Foot Road, Dacre, N Yorks. Commenting on Brutus Fixit, Mr Cooper said: “My Champion is a smart, well-made, very muscular bull with a tremendous top, back end and length, and good on his legs.”
Following the Champion through the judging was the second leading priced bull, Columbpark Fiasco, when standing Reserve Junior & Reserve Overall. Described by the judge as “very growthy, clean, long, with good mobility and ring presence,” he was consigned by first-time Brecon exhibitors Messrs MR & VA Smith, Caseberry Farm, Copydown Lane, Bradninch, Exeter. The April 2010 born Columbpark Fiasco made 6,600gns for their 25 head pedigree herd established in 1992.
Out of the homebred dam, Columbpark Beaujolais, Fiasco is the first son by the couple’s stock bull, Fleethill Clipper, a Maraiscote Volt son purchased in Carlisle in October 2008 for 4,800gns. The 6,600gns here also represented their highest price at auction so far. With a show record to date which included 4th in his class at the 2011 National Limousin Show as well as being part of the Interbreed Champion Pair at this summer’s Royal Bath & West, Columbpark Fiasco was purchased by Messrs ME Price & Sons, Gwarallt Farm, Builth Wells, Powys.
The Rhiwllech Herd of DM Howells, Gelli Farm, Cymmer, Port Talbot, West Glamorgan again featured prominently in this November fixture, having had the leading price last year of 7,000gns (twice) for Rhiwllech Euphoria and Rhiwllech Eclipse respectively. Here, another Kype Tornado son, Rhiwllech Fabregas, made 5,600gns being out of the same dam, Nealford Tina, who bred Rhiwllech Euphoria. Buyer was Messrs Davies & Millichap, Rhiwgarn Fach Farm, Tonyrefail, Mid Glamorgan who run the 20-head Llanrhiw prefix alongside a 100 cow commercial enterprise which sells as stores into Brecon Market. Said Rhys Millichap: “We bought Rhiwllech Fabregas to join forces with our other Limousin bull. He’s very stylish and we think he will breed some first-rate show potential cattle which we will aim at the Brecon February sales.” In all, Messrs Howells’ four Kype Tornado sons averaged £3,937.
At the 4,900gns mark was the day’s Senior Champion Glangwden Filip consigned by Mr & Mrs CL & FE Jerman, Glangwden, Trefeglwys, Caersws who were awarded the Senior Championship for the second year running. February 2010 born, Filip is sired by the 43,000gns Haltcliffe Ullswater and is out of the French-bred dam, Origine. Carrying a Beef Value of LM+40, he sold to Messrs M&A Powell, Drefor, Kerry,Newtown, Powys who run the Drefor pedigree herd.
Mr JG Evans, Lower Ffrydd, Caersws, Powys brought forward the next best at 4,500gns in the shape of Hannem Fatherted, bred by Mr MS Potter, Blackacres Farm, Goosey, Faringdon, Oxon. Sired by Sarkley Cosmos and out of Quantock Silver, this March 2010 born second prizewinner sold with a Beef Value of LM+33 to E Jones & Son, Goitre Farm, Kerry, Newtown.
Killerton Fame sold at 4,200gns for PW & SM Greed, Columbjohn Farm Ltd, Rewe, Exeter, Devon. Sired by Lowabbey United and out of Killerton Amy, this rising 19 month bull went under the hammer to JT Lloyd, The Corner, Llangunllo, Knighton, Powys.
Reserve Senior Champion at 4,100gns was Ashledge Fife from Messrs AG Kirton & Sons, Severn Lodge Farm, Kinlet, Worcs, an AI son of the 52,000gns Queenshead Altea, a Greensons Gigolo son, and out of the homebred dam, Ashledge Carol. Purchasers were G&A Orrells, Maesderwyn, Abermule,Newtown.
Messrs EW Quick & Sons, Loosebeare Manor, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, Devon sold two bulls at 4,100gns & 4,000gns respectively. At 4,100gns was one of the youngest catalogued bulls, Loosebeare Fraiser, a first prizewinning June 2010 born bull by Haltcliffe Anzac, a Sympa son, and out of Loosebeare Vein. He sold with a Beef Value of LM+31 to RJ Bartlett & Co, Church House Farm, Stoke Lacy,Hereford. Realising 4,000gns was another by Haltcliffe Anzac, Loosebeare Flipper, who sold with a Beef Value of LM+41 to JT Lewis & Co, Dolfor Hall,Newtown. Haltcliffe Anzac was purchased for 11,000gns in February 2007 atCarlisleand his progeny to date have sold up to 15,000gns.
Heading a strong female trade was the 3,000gns three-year-old Corridan Dolly bred by Corridan Farms, Saxby All Saints, Lincs and brought forward by Mr JG Evans, Lower Ffrydd, Caersws, Powys. By the Goldies Oswald son, Corridan Alex, and out of the Limo Tanat daughter, Corridan Bluebell, Dolly was sold suckling her August 2011 born bull calf, Lowerffrydd Ginger, to WH Williams & Son, Dolau Ifan Ddu Farm, Blackmill, Bridgend.
At 2,700gns was the previous lot, Sarkley Catasha, bred by EH Pennie & Son, Gwern-Yr-Ychain,Montgomeryand consigned by Messrs GH & JM Samuel, Orlham Farm, Leadington, Ledbury,Hereford. Catasha is a daughter of the AI sire Glenrock Valiant and is out of Sarkley Natasha. April 2007 born, she was sold with her second calf at foot, Orlham Grant, a seven month-old bull calf by Orlham Charmer. New owners are Messrs Payton, Pool House Farm, Wombourne, Staffs.
Other leading bull prices:
- Nebo Frank 4,000gns ML Thomas to CR Price, Felindre Farm, Upper Chapel, Brecon
- Deri Fivestar 4,000gns TB Griffiths to AD Garfield, Tytnywaun, Llangynwd, Bridgend
48 Bulls £3201.40 (+656)
35 Heifers £1743.00 (+£33)
5 Cows & Calves £2488.50