The February 2013-born maiden heifer Foxhillfarm Infinity from Mr and Mrs M Alford, Foxhill Farm, Blackborough, Cullompton, took the top price of 8,000gns at the 2014 Red Ladies Derby held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 12th December.
Sired by the 22,000gns Hartlaw Excaliber, Infinity is out of Bankdale Chanel and is a full sister to Foxhillfarm Impressive who was the Male Weaned Calf Champion at the corresponding sale in 2013 when selling for 7,000gns, and also the 65,000gns heifer Bankdale Erin.
Earlier in the morning, Foxhillfarm Infinity had been placed as the Overall Supreme Champion at the pre-sale show judged by Miss Stephanie Dick who runs the Stephick Herd at Westerton of Cowie, Cowie, Stirling. Purchasing the Champion was Thor Atkinson who runs the Arradfoot pedigree herd at Meadow View, Newland, Nr Ulverston.
Commenting on her Champion, Stephanie Dick said: “This heifer is very feminine, stylish, with a good top, very correct and a true-to-Limousin type.”
Earlier in the sale, the Alfords also sold Foxhillfarm Isabelle for 3,000gns to S Lunn, Reap Farm, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire for their Coalgate prefix. This January 2013-born Wilodge Tonka daughter is another embryo calf out of Bankdale Chanel.
Making 7,000gns was the Reserve Overall Champion, Poolehall Isabelle, an embryo calf from Mr & Mrs N Matthews, Applecross Farm, Alveley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire who was described by the Judge as “a really good heifer, very correct on her legs and very well-muscled”.
This October 2013 heifer is by the Sympa son Haltcliffe Ben and is out of the 27,000gns Wilodge Flawless. Purchasing this heifer was MD Davis, Castlebrock, Ballinenee, Co.Longford, Republic of Ireland.
From the same vendor, the same-way bred ET calf Poolehall Iris, made 4,800gns when selling to SJ Jessop & D McBeath, Lower Greenyards Farm, Bannockburn, Stirling.
Getting the sale underway at 3,600gns was the red ticker winner in the first class Sarkley Fayme from Willie Barron, Morrow Edge Farm, Co Durham. A daughter of the prolific Wilodge Vantastic, this July 2010-born cow is out of the Sarkley Golddigger daughter Sarkley Maggie. Sold PD’d in calf to the 40,000gns Mereside Godolphin, Sarkley Fayme was purchased by the Moonleaze pedigree herd of JJ & BD Comer, New Moon Leaze Farm, Braydon, Swindon, Wiltshire.
Hughes Bros Construction, Portrack Grange Road, Portrack, Stockton on Tees purchased seven Red Ladies in all plus a further four weaned heifer calves for their Brasscastle Herd of 100 pedigree cows which run alongside 100 commercials at their farm near Stokesley. Their leading price was the 3,500gns paid for Beachmount Imogen from K & C Knox, Whitehill North, Lisnarick Road, Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh. November 2013-born, Imogen is by Wilodge Cerberus and out of the Sympa daughter Beachmount Ebony.
Heading to the same home is Bassingfield Hellena from John Crofts, Holme Farm, Bassingfield Lane, Gamston, Notts who went under the hammer for 2,700gns. By Wilodge Vantastic, Hellena is an embryo calf out of the French dam Dolly and was sold PD’d in calf to Oxygene. Mr Crofts also sold the 3,000gns Bassingfield Incagold to David Thornley, Main Street, Hartshorne, Swadlincote, Derbyshire. An embryo calf, she is by Goldies Comet and is out of Grahams Davinia, the 2009 Royal Highland Junior Champion.
Hughes Bros also bought the 2,500gns Allanfauld Icon from Archie MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, Glasgow. Born in January 2013, Icon is by Wilodge Tonka and is out of Allanfauld Fame and sold having run with the Irish-bred stock sire Knockcroghery Hero.
Andrew Ewing, Dumbretton Farms, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway made 3,100gns when selling Fairywater Hester. This September 2012-born heifer is by the herd’s stock bull Ironstone Diego and is out of another Bankdale female, this time Bankdale Enya. New owners are D & R McFarland, Comber Road, Omagh, Co.Tyrone, N.Ireland.
A further animal secured a final bid of 3,000gns. JH Davies & Co, Glyn Yr Odyn, Coedybryn, Llandysol, Ceredigion bought Lourie Hollie from Robert Aitken, College Terrace, Methven, Perth being by the AI sire Ampertaine Commander and out of the Killerton Travis-sired Lourie Diva and was sold in-calf to Lodge Hamlet.
1 Cow served and/or suckling £3,780.00
3 Served Heifers £2,870.00
16 Maiden Heifers £3,247.39