47 Bulls average £3,595, up by over £100
92% clearance rate
Six bulls make 5,000gns or more
Coachhouse Heifer makes 5,000gns
Two bulls at 7,000gns led the way at the 10th Anniversary Limousin Day Show & Sale held at Newark Market on Saturday 12th April 2014. Established in 2004, this British Limousin Cattle Society Breeders’ Sale has grown to the point where the 2014 catalogue saw some 635 head of pedigree and commercial Limousin cattle for sale. The pedigree bull trade saw 47 of the 51 bulls forward sell representing an excellent 92% clearance and to an average of just under £3600, up by over £100 on the year.
Sharing the 7,000gns leading price was Millington Hampton, the pre-sale show Supreme Champion, from Millington Limousins Ltd, The Grange, Millington, York. This bull, an embryo calf, is by Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the Ronick Matador-sired Brockhurst Option. May 2012-born and with a Beef Value of LM+42, Millington Hampton had emerged as the Intermediate Champion before being tapped up as the Supreme Champion by judge Eric Norman of the noted Norman Herd at Little Orton, Carlisle. Commenting on his Champion, Eric Norman said: “This bull had plenty of power and was really well put together. He had good shape, was naturally muscled, and had very good locomotion.” Purchasing the joint top price was Gascoines Group, Church Street, Southwell, Notts.
Also at 7,000gns was Coachhouse Hathaway from Messrs Heald & Co, Home Farm, Grove, Retford, Notts. June 2012-born, this bull had placed as Reserve Intermediate Champion to the eventual Overall Supreme. Coachhouse Hathaway is by Mereside Daytona and is out of the Haltcliffe Hercules daughter Coachhouse Rouge. This bull was bought by GP Mayo, Maidford House Farm, Maidford, Towcester, Northants. The 140-cow Coachhouse Herd had topped the trade the previous year with the 8,500gns maiden heifer Coachhouse Hellebore, sired by Overthwaite Crackerjack.
Commenting on the sale, auctioneer Paul Gentry said: “Trade across the board was very good, with commercial men looking for stronger bulls, either side of two years of age and ready to work. In just 10 years, this sale has grown to become one of the biggest single Limousin days in the country.”
Securing a final bid of 6,000gns was Ironstone Harley from Smiths of Bloxham, Newlands Farm, Bloxham, Banbury when knocked down to Messrs Knight, Stoke Doyle, Oundle, Peterborough. Born in May 2012, Ironstone Harley (LM+37) is by the 18,000gns Gorrycam Diarra and is out of the 2008 Royal Highland Champion, Brockhurst Batik.
Ian Brown, Welbourne Lane, Holbeach, Lincs enjoyed another good trade following on from his 6,200gns sale of Lowgate Grant (by Threaphurst Dynamo) at last year’s sale. This time around, Messrs Foster, Fordham Farm, Garrowby Hill, Bishop Wilton, York forked out 5,500gns for Lowgate Harold. By the same Threaphurst sire and out of Lowgate Diane, this April 2012 bull sold with a Beef Value of LM+34. Mr Brown sold his other two bulls at 4,800gns and 2,200gns respectively.
The first bull into the ring, the 2008-born senior herd sire, Procters Duvalier, bred by Procters Farm and consigned by Paul Dawes, Dinmore, Hereford sold for 5,000gns. He is the sire of Dinmore Foxtrot and Dinmore Foxy sold at the Dinmore Production Sale for 22,000gns and 14,000gns respectively. Sired by the 100,000gns Haltcliffe Vermount and out of the Greenwell Ronick daughter Procters Vabrielle, he was snapped up by Mr Clarke, Sprinks Barn Farm, Dunstall, Burton On Trent.
From the same vendor came the 5,000gns Dinmore Honkytonk when going under the hammer to Messrs Shucksmith, White Barn Farm, Southlands, Alvingham, Louth, Lincs. Dinmore Honkeytonk (LM+40) is an embryo calf by the 42,000gns Wilodge Vantastic and out of Wilodge Priceless, the dam of the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus. His full sister, Dinmore Hannah, stood Junior Champion at the Royal Welsh in 2013.
In the females, Coachhouse Incarnation, the Reserve Female Champion from Messrs Heald, topped the trade at 5,000gns. This March 2013-born daughter of the 15,000gns Rachels Ferrari and out of Coachhouse Damson, by Coachhouse Virgil, sold to Messrs Phillips, Ashampstead, Reading. The pre-sale Champion, Brockhurst Happy, brought out by WJ Mash, Chesham, Bucks traded at 3,600gns to Messrs Waring, Everingham, York being sired by Wilodge Tonka and out of the prolific show cow Reseda, by Malibu.
At 3,500gns was Forestside Estelle from Prime Brothers, Swinscoe, Ashbourne being a 2009-born Objat daughter and out of Chatsworth Avocade, by Procters Trooper. She sold with a heifer calf at foot by the homebred Rocky son, Forestside Freddie, and back in-calf to the Neuf son Forestside Hawk. She was knocked down to Richard Fountaine, Beachampton, Bucks. From the same home was Forestside Goldie at 3,200gns, by Rocky and out of a Broadmeadows Cannon daughter, she sold with a heifer calf at foot and back in-calf to Carmorn Dauphin. New owners are Messrs Proctor, Bignall End, Stoke.
At 3,500gns was Calogale Hope from GJ Lee & CM Lloyd, Ger-Y-Coed, Kidwelly, Carms. A March 2012-born embryo calf by Wilodge Cerberus and out of the Haltcliffe Bill daughter, Goldies Ensign, she sold to an undisclosed buyer..
Further heifers from Messrs Heald met a good trade. At 3,500gns was Coachhouse Ivory, again by Rachels Ferrari but this time out of a Coachhouse Amos-sired dam, she was purchased by Messrs Turner, Fordham, Cambridgeshire. Heading to the same home at 3,200gns was Coachhouse Itsy carrying similar breeding.
Semen sold to 550gns per straw for two straws of Wilodge Vantastic and 500gns apiece for Millgate Fame.
47 Bulls £3,595.69 (+£103)
46 Cows & Calves £2,322.55
23 Cows £1,256.63
26 in-calf Heifers £1,629.53
101 heifers £1,743.71
Auctioneer: Newark Livestock Market Ltd