- 14 bulls make 4,000gns or more
- 37 bulls average £3,654
- 74% clearance rate
Teifi Hector, the first bull to be sold at auction, from Mr D Thomas, Dolgwm Uchaf, Llanbydder, Carmarthenshire, made 5,500gns and led the trade at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s May Sale held at Brecon Market on Saturday 10th May 2014.
This stylish September 2012-born bull had earlier picked up the pre-sale show Reserve Senior Championship from the judge Ken Jones of the noted Garnedd herd, Bryn Ddraenen, Padog, Betws-Y-Coed, Conwy. By the prolific AI sire Wilodge Tonka and out of the cow Winnington Veronique, Teifi Hector was purchased by WI & J Adams, Tir Canol Farm, Cwmtwrch, Swansea. The top price on the day constituted an excellent opening sale for the recently established Teifi pedigree herd.
The sale saw a good turnout of commercial buyers purchasing 37 bulls in all, out of fifty forward, to a solid average of £3,654. Commenting immediately after the sale, McCartneys auctioneer Chris Jones, who sold the bulls, said: “It’s been a good sale with commercial buyers looking for bulls to breed calves with potential. Bulls that were correct with good conformation sold well and met vendors’ expectations. It was clear that buyers were on a budget and a good average and clearance has been achieved with no big top end prices.”
Mr & Mrs CL & FE Jerman, Glangwden, Trefeglwys, Caersws, Powys made 5,100gns when selling the May 2012-born Glangwden Hull to DL Owens & Sons, Cusop Farm, Brecon, Powys. Bred for shape, this first prize bull from the second class is by the Objat son Powerhouse Emblem and is out of the Haltcliffe Ullswater daughter Glangwden Dewdrop.
The Overall Supreme Champion, Powerhouse Hollywood, from Mr & Mrs C Phillips, The Batch, Sarnesfield, Weobley, Herefordshire sold for 5,000gns. The first prize winner in the first class of the day, this March 2012-born bull, who weighed in at 1,070 kg, is entirely homebred being by Powerhouse Elite and out of the Ulm-sired Powerhouse Emerald. The Champion bull was the first to be sold at auction by the Objat son Powerhouse Elite, a bull ‘doing the business’ both in pedigree and commercial circles. It was a first time Overall Champion at a BLCS sale for the Phillips and from their thirty cow pedigree herd. Commenting on his Champion, the judge Ken Jones said: “The Champion bull is tremendously powerful, very correct, and is good on his legs. He’s a ‘real’ Limousin bull with plenty of hard, natural muscle.”
Purchasing the Champion bull were Messrs Price & Price, Cwm Earl, Sarn, Newtown, Powys.
Hot on the heels of their impressive sale debut at Carlisle, Michael & Melanie Alford, Foxhill Farm, Blackborough, Cullompton, Devon, secured a 5,000gns price when selling their first prize winner from the last class, Foxhillfarm Igor. Foxhillfarm Igor, March 2013-born and carrying a Beef Value of LM+42, is another embryo calf by the 42,000gns Wilodge Vantastic and out of the 15,000gns Bankdale Alice. This bull is the same way bred as the herd’s Supreme Champion at Carlisle seven days previously. Purchaser of this bull was E Davies, Manor Farm, Stanton Long, Much Wenlock, Shropshire. One lot previously, the Alfords had sold the identically bred Foxhillfarm Ivan (LM+44) for 4,200gns to S & DJ Williams, Cefnllech, Pantydwr, Rhayader, Powys.
Securing a final bid of 4,600gns when going under the hammer to Mr J Price, Tycook Farm, Pontypool, Gwent was Loosebeare Hunky, a second prizewinner from Messrs EW Quick & Sons, Loosebeare Manor, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, Devon. Born in August 2012, Loosebeare Hunky (LM+38) is by the 17,000gns Sympa son, Aghadolgan Emperor, and is out of the eleven-year-old cow Loosebeare Upoppy. Messrs Quick sold two further bulls at 4,100gns and 4,000gns respectively.
The Reserve Junior Champion, Reddragon Habana from TE Price & HE Griffiths, Pencraig Farm, Trelech, Carmarthen took a final bid of 4,500gs when knocked down to Davies Bros, Llanfechan, Garth, Builth Wells. Reddragon Habana is by the Vagabond-sired Greenwell Fantastic and is out of the Sable daughter Mynach Elderflower and had won the Best Young Bull award in the South Wales & Mid-West Limousin Club Herd Competition in 2013.
Miss C Williams, Lodge Hill Farm, Park Lane, Shifnal, Shrops sold Wilodge Homerun for 4,350gns to EL & SM Rees, Box Farm, Newnham on Severn, Glocs. By another Sympa son, the AI sire Ampertaine Bravo, and out of the 9,000gns Wilodge Cerberus daughter, Whinfellpark Fanzine, this heifer’s calf sported a Beef Value of LM+50 putting him squarely in the top1% of recorded Limousins.
Dinmore Haak was next best when realising 4,300gns to TV Jones & Co, Bailey Maerdy Farm, Whitney on Wye, Herefordshire. A November 2012-born embryo calf by Carmorn Copilot and out of the 2007 Royal Show Interbreed Champion Newstart Upsydaisy, Dinmore Haak was sold with a Beef Value of LM+33 by Paul Dawes, Kipperknowle Farm, Dinmore Manor, Hereford.
The Junior Champion and Reserve Overall, Garyvaughan Hupid, from CV & EM Lewis & Sons, Buttington Hall, Buttington, Welshpool was purchased for 4,200gns by G & A Orrells, Maesderwen, Abermule, Newtown. November 2012-born, he is by the prolific sire, Plumtree Deus, whose first 27 sons have averaged 8,500gns, and is out of the homebred Garyvaughan Cupid.
In the females, the trade was led by the 2,750gns Female Champion Mynach Helana from ED Griffiths & Co, Cilgryman Fawr, Cwmfelin Mynach, Whitland. By Greenwell Enrique, a son of the £18,900 French-bred Balbo, and out of the Sable-sired dam Mynach Delana, this two-year-old maiden heifer was purchased by RW & CS Richards, Abbey Farm Craswell, Hereford who had earlier bought the similarly bred Mynach Hessa for 2,000gns. The Reserve Female Champion, again from Messrs Griffiths, this time by Sable, reached 2,400gns when heading to BT Jenkins, Pantrodyn, Brongest Road, Newcastle Emlyn.
37 Bulls £3,653.72
14 Heifers £1,770.00
1 Cow & Calf £1,732.50