Dinmore secures 7,500gns Top Bull Price
47 Bulls average £3,491
12 more bulls sold on the year
Sale grosses £478,145
Messrs Heald, Home Farm, Repton, Notts equalled the 8,500gns centre record at the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) Breeders’ Sale and ninth annual Limousin Day held at Newark Market, Notts on Saturday 13th April 2013 on behalf of members of the East Midlands, and North West Midlands & North Wales Limousin Clubs.
The sale saw a top call of 8,500gns for the February 2012-born maiden heifer Coachhouse Hellebore, an Overthwaite Crackerjack daughter, and out of Coachhouse Damson, a Coachhouse Virgil daughter. This heifer sold to Boden & Davies Ltd, Mellor Hall Farms, Mellor, Stockport for their Sportsmans Herd. The same purchasers then snapped up the 7,000gns Coachhouse Heidi who is by Mereside Daytona and is out of Coachhouse Discreet, a Sympa daughter. A further purchase saw Boden & Davies snap up the Female & Overall Champion, the November 2011-born maiden, Ironstone Goddess, from Smiths of Bloxham. Described by the judge, Mr Paul Sykes, Irish Limousin Cattle Society Secretary, as “a very feminine heifer, oozing class and style, and a very good cow in the making,” she sold for 3,500gns.
Continuing an excellent day’s trade for the 110-cow pedigree Coachhouse Herd was the 4,500gns Coachhouse Hazel when going under the hammer to Dai Walters, The Hollies, Rudry Road, Lisvane, Cardiff. Again sired by Mereside Daytona, and this time out of Coachhouse Cider, a Haltcliffe Picasso daughter, this was one of five 12-14 month heifers bought for the herd. Earlier, in the bulls, the same buyer had snapped up the 6,000gns Reserve Male Champion, Coachhouse Gregor, sired by Mereside Daytona and out of the Picasso daughter, Coachhouse Velvet. He was described by Herd Manager, Pat Greaney, as “a well-balanced, very correct bull with a lovely head and a super back pedigree” and will be turned out with cows later in the spring.
The bull trade met a ready commercial demand and saw 47 bulls find homes at an average of £3,491 – with twelve more bulls sold on the year. Leading price was the 7,500gns paid for the Male Champion, Dinmore Genus, consigned by Mr P Dawes, Kipperknowle Farm, Dinmore Manor, Hereford. Sired by the 20,000gns Procters Duvalier, and out of the Saunders Stallone daughter, Dinmore Venus, he sold to Bowes Farms Ltd, Saham Hall Farm, Saham Tony, Thetford, and was described by the judge Paul Sykes as “a naturally-fleshed, typical Limousin bull, long, clean and with good muscling.” Another from Dinmore was the 5,500gns Dinmore Gerald, once more by Procters Duvalier, and this time out of the Wilodge Tonka daughter, Dinmore Brimrose. He carried a Beef Value of LM+28 and sold to Mr I Houlgrave, Cherry Tree Farm, Muckton Road, Legbourne, Lincs.
Second best in the bulls was the 6,200gns Lowgate Grant, a Threaphurst Dynamo son, and out of the thirteen-year-old Goldies Oswald daughter, Lowgate Rosie. Carrying a Beef Value of LM+36, this bull came from the high-health holding of Mr I Brown, Brownwood House, Welbourne Lane, Holbear, Lincs and was purchased for the commercial suckler enterprise of Messrs Scott & Scott (Ayston), Uppingham, Rutland.
Two further bulls made 6,000gns. The Reserve Junior Champion, Ironstone Godzilla, an embryo son of the prolific 42,000gns Wilodge Vantastic, and out of the French dam, Unicite, the 2010 top-priced Limousin cow at 29,000gns, secured a 6,000gns bid for Smiths of Bloxham, Newlands Farm, Bloxham, Banbury. September 2011-born, he went under the hammer with a Beef Value of LM+33 to Gascoines Group Ltd, Southwell, Notts. Heading to the same buyer were two further bulls at 4,500gns. Withersdale Guru, consigned by Mrs J Fountaine, Hill Farm, Beachampton, N Bucks and bred by DC Wharton, Harleston, Suffolk, the May 2011-born Guru is by the Mas Du Clo son, Tehix, and is out of the Ronick Hawk-sired Withersdale Cherry. At the same money was Twemlows Gunner from WL & JA Forrester, Higher Heath, Whitchurch, Shrops. Sired by the 100,000gns Haltcliffe Vermount, this two-year-old bull is out of the Scorboro Universe daughter, Twemlows Boon, and sold with a Beef Value of LM+36.
The final bull at the 6,000gns mark was the Junior Male Champion, Mereside Gravel, brought forward by RM Hazard & Sons, Saltby Heath Farm, Skillington, Lincs. November 2011-born, this young bull is by the Cloughhead Umpire son, Plumtree Deus, and is out of the Objat granddaughter, Mereside Expresso. He now heads with a Beef Value of LM+31 to J & R Sims Brothers, Derbyshire.
Back to the females and it was a final bid of 6,000gns from Mr M Whitlock, Hillfields Farm, Coombefields Road, Ansty, Warks for his Whitbred Herd which was next best. This was for the January 2011 born Cockleshell Geri. A Vivaldi daughter and out of Cockleshell Unice (by Jockey) she sold with a Beef Value of LM+35 when consigned by Pitcher Farms, Ivy House Farm, Friskney, Lincs.
Making 4,500gns was the April 2010 born Brockhurst Fiona from the Reduction Sale of 63 head on behalf of WJ & M Mash Ltd, Torrington Farm, Chesham, Bucks. Sired by Suisse B, she is out Brockhurst Bolshoi, the Grahams Samson daughter who was breed champion at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2011. She was bought by G Hadfield & Son, Lumm Farm, Little Moss, Droylsden, Manchester, and was one of fifteen purchases. She was sold PD’d in calf to Brockhurst Ecuador.
47 Pedigree Bulls £3,491.97
20 Pedigree Cows with calves at foot £2,373.00
35 Pedigree In calf Heifers £2,863.50
9 Pedigree In calf Cows £1,790.83
75 Pedigree Maiden Heifers £1,921.08
5 Pedigree Calves £1,228.50
Auctioneer: Newark Livestock Market