The Nealford herd of J H Neale and Son, Launceston, Cornwall sold two bulls at 5500gns to lead the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Autumn Sale at Brecon market on Saturday 12th November.
First up at the top price was the February 2015 born Nealford Loxley. Full of breeding this powerful bull is an embryo calf by the noted Goldies Comet and is out of Nealford Tracy who is described as the best breeding female in the 80 pedigree cow herd.
A prolific breeder Tracy is the dam of the noted Nealford Honey who was an Interbreed winner at the 2014 Royal Welsh Show.
Backed up by breeding and performance figures, Nealford Loxley was purchased by E T and J R Gethin for their Camlas herd at Cwm Cae Bitra, Sarn, Newtown, Powys. Earlier in the day Nealford Loxley had been placed as Senior Champion in the pre-sale show, the herd’s highest show placing to date at Brecon, by the judge Kirree Kermode of the Orrisdale herd, Ballasalla, Isle of Man.
The first prize winner in the second class Nealford Lighthouse, again from the Neales, also made 5500gns hen selling to E J Jenkins, Black Bush, Abbeydore, Hereford. Another strong bull, the March 2015 born Lighthouse is a Procters Cavalier son, the herd’s stock bull purchased from Harry Emslie, Mintlaw, Peterhead, and is out of Nealford Daniella.
This autumn fixture at Brecon saw averages up on the year by £492 to £3909 for the 26 bulls sold. There were four more bulls sold on the year with an increased clearance rate finishing at 72%. Trade was again led by commercial producers bidding for a good catalogue of bulls with plenty of depth in the junior classes in particular.
Late in the catalogue the second youngest bull, Loosebeare Lionel from Messrs E W Quick and Sons, Loosebeare Manor, Zeal Monachorum, Crediton, Devon made 5100gns. Again featuring breeding and good figures, this July 2015 born bull is by Aghadolgan Emperor and is out of Loosebeare Cabeauty, a daughter of the herd’s noted stock sire Rainbow Simon. A full brother to Lionel had previously made 5000gns at Brecon in May 2015. Purchasing Loosebeare Lionel was D T Richards and Son, Llety Brongu Farm, Llangwynwyd, Maesteg, Mid Glamorgan.
The Quicks also sold another Aghadolgan Emperor son, Loosebeare Longshot, for 4600gns. This young June 2015 born calf, out of Loosebeare Evoldy, was bought by P L and M C Watkins, Haye on Wye, Hereford.
The Reserve Supreme Champion and Reserve Junior Champion came in the shape of Haulfryn Lieutenant from the 60-cow herd of Messrs Whitley, Spon Farm, Buckley, Clwyd.
This April 2015 born calf, who had also picked up first prize in class four, was the first son at sale from the herd’s French bred bull Harris. Harris, a Jacot son, was purchased for 12,000 Euros at a KBS Sale in France in 2014. Out of Haulfryn Helen who is by Arthur, another French sire in the herd, Haulfryn Lieutenant was purchased for 4700gns by K M and C Jones, Bradwys, Talgarth, Brecon.
South West of England breeders were very much to the fore at the sale and Mr and Mrs P W and S M Greed made 4400gns for Killerton Lotto the Reserve Senior Champion and first prize in class three. Sired by Rosecroft Hero, a Wilodge Cerberus son, and out of Killerton Fortune, the April 2015 born bull carried a Beef Value of LM+35 placing him in the breed’s top 10%. It was a South West buyer who snapped up Killerton Lotto in the shape of R Puddy, Court Farm, Mark Causeway, Somerset.
Also selling at 4400gns was the stylish Beulah Luigi from the 30 cow herd of M J and J M Price, Penycrug Farm, Builth Wells, Powys. A first prize winner in the last class of the day this calf, got by AI, is by the Requin grandson Ironstone Diego whose progeny have sold up to 20,000gns. Beulah Luigi is out of Greenwell Fay who was bought as a calf at foot from the herd dispersal sale of the Nattress family’s noted Greenwell herd, Co Durham. Purchasing this bull was A H J Jones and Son, Glandwr, Talgarth, Brecon.
From a small show of females the Supreme Champion and the top price of 2300gns was Frogmore Jemima from Chris White, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. An embryo calf, Frogmore Jemima is by Rainbow Simon and is out of the noted Glenrock Saspirilla, the dam of the 24,000gns Glenrock Ventura. PD’d in calf to Ampertaine Gigolo this August 2014 born heifer was purchased by T S and N Stevens, Manor Farm, Wells, Somerset.
26 bulls - £3909
13 females - £1440