Bulls sell to 5,000gns for Tomschoice Hurricane

A sale on behalf of the East Midlands and North West Midlands & North Wales Limousin Clubs held at Newark on Saturday 5th October 2013 saw females dominate with a number of high-class cow-and-calf outfits the pick of the trade.

Heading the price list at 6,500gns was the 2008-born third calving cow from Darren Wharton, Suffolk. This was Withersdale Dido, a daughter of the French sire Salomon and out of Calrossie Ibelle, a Carthorpe Bruno daughter. She sold with a Wilodge Fastrac bull calf, Withersdale Isaac, at foot and back in-calf again to Fastrac. Taking her home were Richard & Judy Fountaine, Beachampton, Bucks for their Calverton Herd.

Withersdale Dido 6,500gn
Withersdale Dido 6,500gn

Following her at 6,000gns was Bankdale Countess, an August 2007-born third calver consigned by William Bird. Bred by Gordon Wilson, she is by Oslo and is out of Princesse, a Nickel daughter, and mother to Bankdale Alice, dam of this summer’s show stopper, Foxhillfarm Gracie. This one sold to AH Booth, Aston, Sheffield for his Sevengun prefix.

Making 5,500gns when joining the Gascoines Herd of Messrs Gascoine, Southwell was Cockleshell Dishy, a December 2008-born second calver. This one was consigned by the Pitcher Family and is by Winnington Trumps and out of the Grahams Samson daughter, Cockleshell Vendee. She sold having been AI’d to Heathmount Trojan and with a Grahams Elliot heifer calf at foot, Cockleshell Issitt.

Auctioneer Paul Gentry said the strong demand for good working cows was a sure sign of confidence in both the Limousin breed and the beef industry as a whole. “Strong prime beef prices, backed by a robust store cattle trade and ready demand for Limousin-sired suckled calves, is giving breeders the confidence to invest in the future of their herds.”

Taking the 5,000gns top call in the bulls was Tomschoice Hurricane from Jamie Cooper, Harrogate. This Kaprico Eravelle daughter is out of Tomschoice Diamante, a Haltcliffe Novel daughter. Hurricane had been Champion in the pre-sale show under Judge Thomas Illingworth of the Eagleside Herd, Lockerbie and is maternal brother to the 10,000gns Tomschoice Gladstone. He was bought by J Stacey, Silchester, Hampshire.

Tomschoice Hurricane 5,000gns JM & SP Cooper
Tomschoice Hurricane 5,000gns JM & SP Cooper

The second-best bull price was a 4,000gns bid for the Reserve Champion Coachhouse Handsome from the Heald Family, Notts. Sired by Mereside Daytona, he is out of Coachhouse Esmarelda, a Bailea Ulsterman daughter. This one heads to Norfolk with R & S Knights, Diss. And selling at 3,100gns was the first bull of the day, Dolcorsllwyn Gethin from Glyn Vaughan. He is by Ampertaine Domino and is out of Dolcorsllwyn Elspeth, an Ionesco daughter. He sold with a Beef Value of LM+47 to Messrs Wright, Boston.

Back to the females, and it was a 4,200gns call for Erne Eileen for Chris White, Moreton-On-Marsh. Bred by Raymond Crawford, she is by Tertio B and is out of Grange Orissa, an Irlandais daughter. This ET-bred heifer sold with a heifer calf, Frogmore Imogen, at foot and was bought by Messrs Turner, Fordham, for their Bassingbourn Herd. She had stood first in the pre-sale show. At the same money and selling to the same home was Withersdale Goddess from Darren Wharton. She is by Sympa and is a daughter of the day’s top-priced animal, Withersdale Dido. This February 2011-born heifer sold having been AI’d to Powerhouse Elite.

Then taking a 3,800gns call was another of the Withersdale entries, Withersdale Florence. A first-calved Ryedale Orion daughter and out of Withersdale Clariser, a Perigord daughter, she sold with a Wilodge Fastrac heifer calf at foot Withersdale Image, and back in calf to Tehix. She was knocked down to P Oxley, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. A 3,500gns final bid saw the Turner Family buy a Procters Borrin daughter from Brian Baker. This was Wealden Hermoine, a March 2012-born heifer and out of Wealden Ursula, a Malibu daughter.


9 Bulls £3,336.67

27 Cows with Calves at foot £2,700.83

7 in-calf Heifers £2,055

41 Maiden Heifers £1,752.73

Auctioneer: Newark Livestock Sales