Saturday’s (12 March) English Premier Sale of breeding cattle at Newark saw a solid trade throughout, with the best of the cattle well bid for, said auctioneer Paul Gentry.
He said: “This sale, now in its third year continues to go from strength to strength, with the quality of cattle forward improving year on year. With increasing pressure on farmers’ time it is ever more important to provide high quality local sales for breeders and we at Newark are committed to doing this.
“We now look forward to both our pedigree British Blue and Limousin sales which take place in the coming weeks.”
Lincoln Reds: Topping trade on the day was a Lincoln Red bull from Michael Read’s Hemingby herd lead the trade when selling at 6500gns.
This bull, Hemingby Jaguar is a February 2014-born son of Tapus Nova Scotia out of Hemingby Connie L519, a Market Stainton Goodman daughter and had been reserve champion in the pre-sale show.
Carrying a beef value of +36, in the top 1% of the breed and carrying the F94L ‘profit gene’ this homozygous polled bull was well bid for, with the eventual buyer being Iken Hall Farms, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Second best of the day in the Lincoln Red bulls was a 3000gns call for Highbarn Thunderbolt, a September 2014-born bull from N J Barton. He’s fully homebred on both sides, being by Highbarn Percy and out of Highbarn Ruth R239, a Berverley Dallas daughter. This one is also hompzygous polled and carries both the F94L and NT821 ‘profit genes’. He was bought by B Parkinson, Donnington On Bain, Louth.
Lincoln Red females were then led at 2150gns by Walmer Nancy T1030 from the Needler family. This Beverley Jaunty daughter is out of Walmer Nancy G78 and sold to M E Williams, Braybrook, Market Harborough.
Following her were a pair at 2000gns, with the first of these being Michael Read’s Hemingby Bridget T952, an Auchmacoy Oakley daughter out of Hemingby Bridget K497, a St Fort Essex daughter. She was knocked down to DCFM Quotas, Stixwould, Woodhall Spa.
And the next at this money was Walk Harriat T051 from M R and J M Oliphant. This Beverley Patriot daughter was bred by Willoughby Farm Partnership and is out of Fenlady Harriat L101, a Fenlady Hereward daughter. She sold to Doddington Estate, Doddington, Lincoln.
Aberdeen-Angus: Topping the Aberdeen-Angus entry at 4000gns was Oakchurch Demond P179 from Jeremy and Alana Price, Herefordshire. This Blelack Blackrod L774 son is out of Oakchurch Dimond L033, an Oakchurch Dominator G035 daughter and sold to W A Yeomans, Rinstead, Northamptonshire.
Second best here was a 2900gns bid for Tree Bridge Emirate from David and Penny Evans. This son of Abberton Dazzle G160 is out of Tree Bridge Emily H205, a Chapelton Dark Mahmoud E826 daughter. He found a new home with Messrs Chandler, Long Clawson, Melton Mowbray.
In the Aberdeen-Angus females the trade peaked at 1400gns for Andrew Mylius’ heifer St Fort Primrose May P416, a Rawburn Picasson L247 daughter out of St Fort Primrose May H722, a Fordafourie Kris B300 daughter. She sold with a self replacing index of +45 and was bought by R and C Parker Farms, Rufford, Lancashire.
Simmental: Simmental trade also hit a high of 4000gns with this price achieved twice for bulls. First to go at this money was Burghbridge Fleming from the Clarke family. This is a September 2014-born son of Horsfordmanor Bonus and is out of Burghbridge Henrietta 3, a Brinkton Major daughter. Selling with a TSI of +64 and an SRI of +70, he was taken by P J Booth, Belper, Derbyshire.
Another from the same home was the next at this price, with this being November 2014-born Burghbridge Figaro. He’s also by Bonus and is out of Burghbridge Emily 10, a Strathisla Popeye daughter. He sold with a TSI of +70 and an SRI of +75 and was bought by R M and J E Brown, Wootton, Isle of Wight.
The same buyers then paid 3800gns for Grangewood Fortune from the Leedham family. This son of Omorga Alonso is out of Grangewood Nanette 2, a Camus Brandy daughter.
Topping the Simmental female offering was a 2500gns bid for Midhope Evita from the Hollingsworth family. This is a Dirnanean Snowie daughter out of Midhope Rita, a Dyfed Lord daughter. Buying her were Messrs Forvague Brothers, Coalville Leicestershire.
A pair from the same home then made 2000gns, with the first being Midhope Fern, a Delfur Chas daughter out of Midhope Tremendous, another by Dyfed Lord. This one was the choice of P J Booth, Belper.
Then also at this level was Midhope Flyer, a Dirnanean Snowie daughter out of Midhope Venus, a Pasturehouse Paleface daughter. She sold to Messrs Forvague Brothers, Coalville.
Salers: Taking the top call in the select Salers offering was the Donger family with their bull Seawell Jethro. This February 2014-born son of the imported sire Cammel is out of Seawell Francesca, an Ultra daughter and was bought by H S Hawes and Son, Braintree, Essex.
Then making 2300gns was the best of the Salers females, Manor Lane Freya from Carolyn Fox. Sired by Ferdinand and out of Manor Lane Jemma, a Bonus daughter, sold with her bull calf at foot by Gulliver and was the pick of A Jones, Phwelli, Gwynedd.
Averages; Eight Lincoln Red bulls £2783.75, 47 Lincoln Red females £1395.16, five Simmental bulls £3822, 29 Simmental females £1311.78, one Saler bull £3150, two Salers females £2047.50, five Aberdeen-Angus bulls £2487, eight Aberdeen-Angus females £1135.31 (Newark Livestock Sales).