Last Saturday’s collective sale of Charolais cattle at Newark which featured the dispersals of the Newbrooton and Cotehouse herds for David North and the late Don Marshall, respectively, as well as a major reduction of the Rushfield herd for James and Vanessa Webb, saw trade peak at 4500gns.
Commenting on the sale auctioneer Paul Gentry said trade had been solid and commercially based throughout the sale, with buyers in optimistic mood.
He said: “There was no doubt the ringside crowd were keen to pay well for the best of the cattle on offer. As always the best of the cattle sold to a keen demand, with the strong demand for Charolais bulls seen at recent sales underpinning breeders’ desire to buy well put together cow and calf outfits.”
Topping the prices at 4500gns was Newbrooton Henryetta from David North, a daughter of Balmyle Dingle out of Wesley Beauty, a Maerdy Rock daughter. This first calved heifer sold with a strong April born heifer calf at foo by easy calving sire Blelack Digger and was the choice of Reelow Livestock, Whitchurch, Shropshire.
Following her at 3200gns was the next lot in the ring from the same home, Newbrooton Hebe. This first calver is by Balthayock Marius and is out of Baggrave Umberleigh, a Maerdy Polo daughter. She sold with a bull calve at foot by digger and was bought by J R Marsh, Coxhill, Lincolnshire.
Close behind at 3100gns was Welsey Fragrance, also from David North. Bred by Wesley Estates and sired by Balthayock Aesop, Fragance is out of Wesley Charlotte, a Balthayock Matthew daughter. A second calver she sold with a bull calve at foot by Alwent Goldbar and was back in calf again to the same sire. Buying her was S Matthews, Cullompton, Devon.
And a pair then sold at 3000gns, with the first of these being Newbrooton Gertrude. Sired by Balthayock Marius and out of Seawell Tiggy, a Seawell Oepide daughter, she sold with a heifer calf at foot by Alwent Godbar. This one was knocked down to Messrs Woods, Roystone, Barnsley.
Second at this level was Newbrooton Jericho, a Blelack Digger sired yearling heifer out of Seawell Eve, a Thrunton Voltage daughter. Taking her home were the Herrick Partnership, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire.
Next best at 2800gns was stock bull Nitarose Hector from Don Marshall. This Trefaldwyn Ferrari son is out of Mortimers Dignity, a Ravensworth Alder daughter and was bought by D W Sessions, Scropton, Derbyshire.
After that came a 2700gns bid for Seawell Eve from David North. This Thrunton Voltage daughter is dam of the 3000gns Newbrooton Jericho, and is out of Seawell Tiggy, a Seawell Oepide daughter. Buying this one was S Kidd, Buxton, Derbyshire.
Then making 2600gns was Cotehouse Earliest from Don Marshall. Sired by Killadeas Barney and out of Cotehouse April, a Cotehouse Unionjack daughter, this fourth calver sold with her heifer calf at foot by Nitarose Hector and found a new home with Desmond McCaskey, Omagh, Co Tyrone.
And at 2500gns was Cotehouse Carpenter from the same home. Sired by Inverlochy Topsire and out of the Balthayock Matthew daughter Cotehouse Rose she sold with a bull calf at foot by Nitarose Hector and also headed to Northern Ireland with Mr McCaskey.
Averages: D W North – six cows and calves £3255, one heifer £2152, one bull £3150; E D Marshall - 12 cows and calves £2240, tow cows £1732.50, three in-calf heifers £1522.50, six maiden heifers £1181.25, one bull £2940; Darren Knox three cows and calves £2187.50, two bulls £1942.50; J R Webb – three cows £1610, eight cows and calves £2034.38, one bull £1680, seven in-calf heifers £1297.50; Mr Burke – two cows and calves £1575, three cows £1172.50, one bull £1312.50 (Newark Livestock Sales).