- In-calf heifer Brockhurst Holy makes sale top price of 5800gns
- 36 Bulls average £3136
- 151 Pedigree females sold
- 293 Limousin sired commercial animals sold
- Pedigree animals gross £301,182
Ewdenvale Ivanhoe from Mr S Wilde, Spike Winter House, Bradfield, Nr Sheffield made 5500gns and led the bull trade at the Newark Limousin Day Sale held on 11th April at Newark Livestock Market. The bull sale was held for the first time under the auspices of the British Limousin Cattle Society. Over 150 pedigree females were also sold on the day in a BLCS supported Breeders’ Sale.
The August 2013 born Ewdenvale Ivanhoe is by the AI sire Wilodge Tonka and is out of the homebred Ewdenvale Gemma, an Ampertaine Abracadabra daughter. Purchasing the top price was Andrew Bishop, Pitfield Farm, Glos. Commenting on his purchase Mr Bishop said: “The bull has been purchased with a view to producing show calves out of Limousin cross Blue cows. He has a sweet head, a good top line and has lots of shape with a good end.”
Earlier in the day, Coachhouse Infielder from Messrs Heald, Home Farm, Grove, Retford, Notts had been placed as the pre-sale show Junior & Supreme Champion by the judge Martin Irvine of the noted 80-cow Anside Herd, Braehead Farm, Banffs, Moray. He went on to make the second top price of 4800gns when selling for pedigree use to RF Turner & Son, Bassingbourn Farm, Isleham Road, Fordham, Cambs. Entirely homebred this August 2013 bull, with a Beef Value of LM+45, is by Coachhouse Eebygum and is out of Coachhouse Verve a Haltcliffe Picasso daughter. Commenting on his Champion, Martin Irvine said: “This is a very good bull and well put together. He’s very even, has a nice head, is round from every angle with plenty of shape, and walks extremely well.”
A big Limousin day all-round, 189 pedigree Limousin bulls and females were sold. Beyond the pedigree sale a further 293 Limousin sired commercial animals were sold. The pedigree animals sold to gross £301,182. The bull sale saw a clearance rate of 66%. There was an understandable ‘industry caution’ in the air but with some determined bidding for the best lots on offer leading to a solid sale with Newark auctioneer Paul Gentry commenting, “ those vendors who presented well bred, correct cattle, were well rewarded.”
Three bulls sold at 4500gns. The first of these was the Reserve Intermediate Champion, the April 2013-born Gascoines Iain from the Gascoines Group, Southwell, Notts. This bull is by Fieldson Beefy and is out of the Overthwaite Crackerjack daughter Bailea FeeFee. Purchasing this animal was Messrs FS Knight, Stock Doyle, Oundle, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Also at 4500gns was the first prize winner from class 6, Coachhouse Illyria, another from the Heald family. This July 2013 born bull is by Rachels Ferrari and is out of Coachhouse Udolphi, by the noted Haltcliffe Picasso. This bull went commercially to Frank Page, Lodge Farm, Elkington, Northampton.
The third bull at this 45000gns mark was the Reserve Male Champion, Newroddige Imperial, from Mallaber Partners, Park Farm, Walton Road, Drakelow, Burton on Trent. With plenty of breeding behind him this September 2013 bull is a Haltcliffe Underwriter son and is out of the past Royal Highland Show champion Grahams Butterfly, a Samy daughter. With a beef value of LM+40 this bull was purchased by Bill Stewart, Bridge of Marnoch, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Continuing a good day, the Heald family sold Coachhouse Intelligent for 4000gns. This bull, who stood second in his class to the Heald’s Overall Champion, is by Mereside Daytona and out of Coachhouse Ulyssa, a Goldies Necho daughter. This July 2013 born bull was another knocked down to Bill Stewart, Aberdeenshire.
Making 3800gns was the Intermediate Champion Gascoines Iceman, another from the Gascoines Group. This March 2013calf is another by Fieldson Beefy and is out of Bailea Fancybabe. Purchasing this bull was S and C M Jones, Alton Manor Farm, Belper, Derbyshire. Another at 3800gns was Hannem Imacelebrity from J G and J A Evans, lower Ffrydd, Caersws, Powys. Bred by Mike and Sarah Potter this May 2013 born bull is by Millington Frenchie and out of Hannem Devina. Buying this lot was the Lattenbury Farming Company, Godmanchester, Huntingdon.
A further bull at 3800gns Scorboro Inc from JCG Bloom, Decoy Farm, Driffield. A son of the 21,000gns Procters General, this October 2013-born bull is out of Scorboro Emmy, a Scoroboro Aramis daughter. This was another bull purchased by Bill Stewart, Huntly and one of six in all in the day to head to Aberdeenshire.
BROCKHURST HOLY LEADS THE LIMOUSIN FEMALES AT 5800GNS
Leading the BLCS Breeders’ Sale of females, and setting the top price of the day, was Brockhurst Holy at 5800gns from Messrs WJ&M Mash Ltd, Torrington Farm, Chesham, Bucks. Full of breeding this September 2012 born embryo calf is by the prolific Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the multi title winning show cow Brockhurst Bolshoi, the Grahams Samson daughter. Also sold in calf to another show winning bull, Ardglasson Highlander, the top priced animal was purchased by pedigree breeder Andrew Gammie, Drumforber, Lawrencekirk, Aberdeenshire.
The Champion Female and Reserve Overall Supreme Champion was the maiden heifer Coachhouse Ibiza from the Heald family who made 4200gns. June 2013 born Ibiza is a Mereside Daytona daughter out of Coachhouse Calafornia, another Haltcliffe Picasso daughter. Purchasing the Champion female was V&G Bowring for their Elmton herd at Lakeside Bungalow, The Park, Nether Langwith, Nr Mansfield.
The six-year-old Mereside Ebony, from RM Hazard & Sons, Saltby Heath Farm, Skillington, Grantham, Lincolnshire, made 4000gns when selling to the Olympia herd of Messrs Stamper, Leighton Bromswold, Huntingdon. This 2009-born cow by the French sire Bloomben is out of Mereside Urena, a Malibu daughter. She was sold in-calf to Bolide with her September born bull calf at foot by Honeymoor Favourite.
At 3400gns was the in-calf heifer Brockhurst Harmonica from Doug Mash, Torrington Farm, Grove Lane, Chesham, Buckinghamshire. This April 2012born Netherhall Chancer daughter is out of Fenrose Verity, a Fenrose Neptune daughter, and was sold to T P Jarman, Newtown, Powys.
A 3300gns bid then secured Springsett Danni, a January 2008-born Newhouse Aristocrat daughter, also from Doug Mash. This one was bred by Dougie McBeath and Sarah-Jane Jessop and is out of Drumadarragh Annie, a Malibu daughter. She sold with her heifer calf at foot, by Ardglasson Highlander, and was bought by J and G Sharp, Stock, Essex.
In a solid trade, a further nine females made 3000gns or more.
3 senior bulls: £3045
13 intermediate bulls: £2978.85
20 junior bulls: £3252.38
21 cows with calves: £2699
9 heifers with calves: £2669.33
11 in-calf cows: £1699.09
31 in-calf heifers: £2282.90
79 maiden heifers: £1658.47
7 commercial bulls: £885.71
126 commercial heifers: £995
160 commercial steers: £1022.81.
Auctioneers: Newark Livestock Market