Well bred, well turned out Limousin bulls met a flying commercial trade at Newark Market’s Spring Limousin Day on Saturday (9 April), with 15 bulls selling at 4000gns and more and the 32 bulls sold levelling the day at £3885.
Auctioneer Paul Gentry said demand had been strong and local and further travelled commercial buyers were willing to bid well for the bulls they wanted.
He said: “Vendors with the right bulls were well rewarded and the consistent trade throughout is testament to the quality of the cattle forward. With beef prices still under pressure buyers were cautious, but equally determined and showed their desire for high quality bulls to leave calves with extra value when sold as either stores or prime cattle.”
A brace of bulls topped the trade at 6000gns, with the first of these being from Doug and Rachel Gascoine’s locally based herd. This was Gascoines Jennings, a Dinmore Escort son out of Bailea Fairylight, a Salomon daughter. He sold with a beef value of +31 and was the choice of Ed Layton, Leominster, Herefordshire.
Second at this money was Gotham Josh from Sussex-based M Davis. Sired by the 100,000gns Haltcliffe Vermount he is out of Gotham Gorgeous, an Edwards Empire daughter and going back to Wilodge Vantastic. This one found a new home with J Booth, Sutton, Doncaster.
Then making 5500gns was Lissett Jaguar from J H Tennant. This Homebyres Felboy son is out of Confluence Gigi, a Greenwell Charttopper daughter and sold with a beef value of +33. He was bought by R W Trivett, Witherley, Atherstone, Warwickshire.
“Vendors with the right bulls were well rewarded and the consistent trade throughout is testament to the quality of the cattle forward. With beef prices still under pressure buyers were cautious, but equally determined and showed their desire for high quality bulls to leave calves with extra value when sold as either stores or prime cattle.”Paul Gentry, Auctioneer
Following him at 4800gns was the best of the day from the Heald family’s Coachhouse herd, Coachhouse Jackthelad. This son of Rachels Ferrari is out of Coachhouse Bethany, a Haltcliffe Picasson daughter and carries a beef value of +50. Buying him was Knapcroft Hall Farm, Knapcroft, Leicestershire.
Four then traded at 4500gns, with the first two of these also being from the strong Coachhouse consignment. First to make this money was Coachhouse Jedward, a Mereside Daytona son out of Coachhouse Delight, a Coachhouse Amos daughter. He headed to Kent with the Furnival family, Brookland, Romney Marsh.
The second from the Healds at this level was Coachhouse Jorgen, with this being another by Ferrari and this time out of the Nenuphar daughter Coachhouse Cindy. He joined the wagon to Kent, again selling to the Furnivals.
Next to make 4500gns was Ewdenvale Jamaica from Stephen Wilde. This son of the French bull Euphrate is out of Ewdenvale Gina, a Wilodge Tonka daughter and sold with a beef value of +43. He also headed south, joining another Romney Marsh-based producer, this time the Ashworth family, Scotney Court, Lydd.
The final bid at this price came for Stocksbridge Jenson from J Cardwell. He’s by the noted Fieldson Alfy and is out of Greenwell Donatella, a Vagabond daughter. He was taken by R B Ingamells, Barkston, Grantham.
After that came a 4200gns call for Beaconsfield Jamous from R P Hutchinson. This son of the show calf producer Huntershall Gladiator is out of Beaconsfield Hotflush, a Vantastic daughter and was knocked down to well travelled buyers W H Dixon and Sons, Hayscastle, Haverfordwest.
Doug and Rachel Gasoine were back in the money next when selling Gasoines Jackpot at 4000gns. This son of Fieldsons Beefy is out of Maisie Carole, an Ubu daughter and sold to C E Smith, Keelby, Grimsby.
Also making 4000gns was Glyn Vaughan’s Dolcorsllwyn Jessejames. Sired by Crossdykes Goliath he is out of Dolcorsllwyn Diva, an Ionesoc daughter. He sold with a beef value of +32 and was bought by C E Hardcastle, Little Ponton, Grantham.
The third of four bulls at the 4000gns mark was the very next in the ring, Coachhouse Jay from the Heald family. This son of Rachels Ferrair is out of Coachhouse Calafornia, a Haltcliffe Picasso daughter and traded with a beef value of 45. Taking him home were N F Hodges and Son, Oving, Aylesbury.
The last bull at this price was Lisset Jager from J H Tennant. Another by Huntershall Gladiator he’s out of Mereside Gin, a Bolide daughter and sold with a beef value of +38. He was knocked down to Doug and Rachel Gascoine, Southwell.
Pedigree Limousin female trade was equally as solid, with a high of 4500gns paid for Frogmore Jessica from Chris White. This Bial daughter is out of Irontone Fragrant, a daughter of Wilodge Vantastic bought for 5200gns. She sold with a beef value of +35 and was also bought by the Gascoines.
Then at 3600gns was John Oakes’ Millstone Fabuleuse, a Vantastic daughter out of French dam Themis St, a Nelombo daughter. This third calver sold with a bull calf at foot by Rocky and back in calf to Glenrock Humdinger. Buying her were C and J Creaser, Wilberfoss, York.
Two then changed hands at 3500gns, with the first being Nigel Hollick’s Grange Debonaire, a Coltige daughter out of Grnage Virginia, a Perit B daughter. This sixth calver sold with an Abot sired bull calf at foot and having run with Genie. She was bought by A H Booth, Aston, Sheffield.
Doug Mash then sold Brockhurst Ingrid at the same money. This ET bred September 2013-born heifer is by Wilodge Tonka and out of Hafodlas Baled, a Saphir daughter. She sold to Three Willows Farming, Dalbury Lees, Ashbourne.
Next best at 3200gns was John Oakes’ Millstone Florence, an Ionesco daughter out of Tunnelby Periwinkle, a Ronick Hawk daughter. Sold with her third calf at foot by Goldies Comet she is in-calf to Plumtree Deus and has a beef value of +46. Buying her was S J Timms, Brandon, Coventry.
Two then followed at 3000gns, with the first being Doug Mash’s heifer Brockhurst Jazz, a Tonka daughter out of Brockhurst Uranium, an Espoir daughter. She was bought by Dougie McBeath and Sarah-Jane Jessop, Stirling.
The other at this money was another from Chris White, Frogmore Lynette. She’s a Goldies Comet sired heifer out of Valentine, a Titanic daughter and was knocked down to C W Wright and Son, Parwich, Ashbourne.
Kevin Ludgate and family led the commercial cattle entry selling their cow and calf outfit at £3800 to T Gratton, Riber, Matlock, with John Gent’s entry of Limousin sired steers topping at £1180 thrice. These all sold to S J Timms, Brandon, Coventry.
Four more from the same consignment then made £1020, with all selling to Richard and Judy Fountaine, Beachhampton, Milton Keynes, while a commercial heifer from Bassingfield Limousins selling at £1030 to Swindells Livestock, Brant Broughton, Lincoln.
A highlight of the semen for sale was the sale of straws from Millgate Flame at 800gns a straw, with these selling to John Crofts for use in the Bassignfield herd.
Averages; 32 bulls £3885, 17 cows and calves £2254.35, seven in-calf heifers £1935.15, 42 maiden heifers £1688.40 (Newark Livestock Sales).