The June 2011-born maiden heifer Sarkley Goldenjen sold for 11,000gns and led the trade at the heifer sale from the noted Sarkley Herd of Messrs EH Pennie & Sons, Gwern-Yr-Ychain, Llandyssil, Montgomery, Powys held at Welshpool Market on Saturday 27th October 2012. The sale, the first to be held locally by the herd, was conducted by joint auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington along with Welshpool Livestock Sales Ltd.
Sarkley Goldenjen is a daughter out of the herd’s noted Jen family. Combining both a depth of pedigree and performance figures, Goldenjen is by the prolific Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the Haltcliffe Ullswater daughter Sarkley Adajen. With a top 1% Beef Value of LM+ 43, this heifer is a full sister to the 13,000gns Sarkley Dafydd and is a maternal half sister to the 30,000gns Sarkley Edajen. Paying the top price of 11,000gns, and what was one of seven purchases on the day, were GE Davies & Sons who run the Cwmbromley pedigree herd at Cwmbromley, Sarn, Newtown, Powys. The Davies presently run around 100 commercial cows alongside a 20-cow pedigree herd. Speaking after the sale, Mr Davies commented that his purchases on the day were “tremendous proven bloodlines to breed from” and would be good foundation females for a pedigree herd.
Early in the sale, the same purchasers had snapped up Sarkley Gemma for 6,000gns. January 2011-born, Sarkley Gemma is by the herd’s 43,000gns stock bull Haltcliffe Ullswater and is out of the Marron-sired Sarkley Toya. Sarkley Toya is the grand dam of the 20,000gns Netherhall Doubleoseven.
Through the catalogue, the sale offered seventy-four heifers for sale which comprised of practically all of the heifers born in the herd in 2011. In all, the heifers forward were by 28 different sires, all meticulously chosen for their particular traits, and the average Beef Value across the entry was LM+26. This combination of breeding and performance saw nine animals in all make 5,000gns or more and sell to all parts of the United Kingdom. Overall, seven served heifers averaged £3,345 with 61 maiden heifers levelling at £3093 to gross £212,100.
The second top price of 8,500gns was paid late in the day for the stylish young heifer Sarkley Gabrianne. Carrying a Beef Value of LM+34, the September 2011-born Gabrianne is by the legendary Broadmeadows Cannon son, Ronick Hawk, and is out of the Heros-sired Sarkley Susanne whose pedigree again goes back to the noted Jen dam family. Purchaser of Sarkley Gabrianne was local breeder Mr CV Lewis, Buttington New Hall, Buttington, Welshpool for his Garyvaughan pedigree herd, recently awarded Overall Champion Herd in the 2012 North West Midlands & North Wales Limousin Club Herd Competition.
Again a multiple purchaser, Mr Lewis purchased five lots in all on the day including Sarkley Fomelda at 5,000gns. Sarkley Fomelda is by Waindale Potential and is out of the Uplands Batman-sired Sarkley Omelda. The ninth lot in the catalogue, this heifer is November 2010-born.
Selling at 8,000gns was the October 2010-born Sarkley Fine. Described as “a heifer with power and size”, and with a Beef Value of LM+36, Sarkley Fine is by Nenuphar and is out of the Haltcliffe Egidius-sired Sarkley Vine. The purchaser of this heifer wished to remain undisclosed. The same purchaser later bought Sarkley Gabrielle for 5,500gns being by the French-bred bull, Volcan, a Ramier son bred in the noted Lagautriere Herd. She is out of the Broadmeadows Cannon daughter, Sarkley Usabelle, and was sold with a Beef Value of LM+32.
The second animal on the day to make 8,000gns was the April 2011-born Sarkley Gazola. This heifer is by Rocky and is out of Sarkley Ullola who goes back to the herd’s noted Ola family. Again combining a depth of proven pedigree and performance along with a Beef Value of LM+39, Sarkley Gazola was bought by Andrew Ewing, Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries who was buying on behalf of a client. Fifteen animals in all were knocked down to the same purchaser on the day on behalf of several clients.
Going under the hammer for 5,200gns to RG Bartle & M Cormack, 2 Upper Dinmore Cottages, Upper Dinmore, Hereford for their Absolute Herd was the twenty-one-month Sarkley Georgette. Described as an outstanding brood cow for the future with size, width and breed character, Georgette is by Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the Mas Du Clo daughter, Sarkley Vonadette, and carries a Beef Value of LM+41.
Heading to B Blandford, Netherton Farm, Eastnor, Ledbury, Herefordshire at the 4,400gns mark was the November 2010-born heifer, Sarkley Fern. By the AI sire, Rocky, and out of the Imposant-sired Sarkley Saffron, she sold with a Beef Value of LM+32.
7 Served Heifers £3345.00
61 Maiden Heifers £3093.20
3 Show Potential Calves £1666.67
2 Frozen Embryos £1470.00
Auctioneers: Harrison & Hetherington with Welshpool Livestock Sales Ltd