Trade at Saturday’s English Premier Sale, Newark, was strong across the board, with buyers out in force from across the UK and a 96% clearance of the 158 lots offered.
Auctioneer Paul Gentry said once again the sale had delivered strong results for vendors. “Well bred, well produced cattle of all breeds were in demand with buyers from across the UK in attendance to seek out new genetics for their herds. All vendors are to be congratulated on the turnout of cattle and the results speak for themselves.”
Top price of the day at 7500gns was paid for Simmental bull Heathbrow Governor from David and Lesley Sapsed, Hertfordshire. Governor, a son of homebred Heathbrow Ex Factor out of Hockenhull Girlie 22, herself a Blackford Harvester daughter sold having been unbeaten in the show ring last year and was the pick of the Lyle family for their Cambus and Viewforth herds, Leven, Fife.
Second best of the day in the Simmentals was a 4000gns call for the pre-sale champion, Sacombe Gladiator from the Borlase family, Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire. This son of former Burke Trophy winner Clonagh World Class is out of Sacombe Wanda-Wanse, a Glenturk Nomad daughter. He sold to W R Eales and Son, Peatling Magna, Leicestershire.
Then making 3800gns was Burghbridge Gino from C J G Clarke. This Horsfordmanor Bonus son is out of Burghbridge Twiggy, a Strathisla Popeye daughter. He was knocked down to C F Middleton and Son, Alford, Lincolnshire.
At the same money was Hemingford Gandalf from Messrs Griffin and Arkley, with this Corskie Dreamer son being out of Hemingford Elsie, a Starline Wizzkidd daughter. He was bought by S and M Thackray, Dewsbury, Yorkshire
Simmental female prices hit a top of 4000gns for Thursford Holly 3 from the dispersal of the Thursford herd on behalf of D C Mitchell. This Blair Rory-sired fifth calver is out of Thursford Holly, a Halenook Lex Scripta daughter and sold with a bull calf at foot by Scotland Hill Cairo. She was bought by David Lowry, Cartland, Lanarkshire.
Another from the same home then made 3800gns, with this being Thursford Ruffles 31, a Kilbride Farm Van Gogh daughter out of Thursford Ruffles 18, a Blair Rory daughter. This third calver sold with a heifer calf at foot by Scotland Hill Cairo and was bought by C M R Soutar, Arbroath.
Three then sold at 2600gns from the same home, with the first being Thursford Debs 21, a Blari Rory sired third calver out of a Halenook Lex Scripta daughter. She sold with twin calves at foot and was bought by Michael McDermott, Hayes.
Second at this level was Thursford Ruffles 24, a Blair Rory daughter sold with her fourth calf at foot. She is out of Thursford Ruffles 11, a Caldwell Gold Bar daughter and sold to Messrs Key, Mundham, Norfolk.
Third to make this price was Thursford Debs 34, a Scotland Hill Cairo daughter from the dispersal of the Thursford herd on behalf of D C Mitchell. This yearling heifer is out of a Halenook Lex Scripta daughter and sold to previous buyer Messrs Soutar.
A select offering of Aberdeen-Angus bulls then sold to a high of 5000gns, with this paid for Shadwell Lord Horatio R802 from Shadwell Estate. He is a Rawburn Rommel E423 son out of Shadwell Lady Heather M572, a daughter of Netherallan Peter Pershore. This one sold to Rand Contracting, Reed, Hertfordshire.
Another from the same vendor, Shadwell Fury R857, an Idvies Eland N596 son out of Shadwell Fleur, another Peter Pershore daughter then sold at 4300gns. He was bought by Don Parkin and Sons, Gateforth.
Messrs Irwin then sold Bonshaw Patriot R099 at 3000gns, with this being an Oakchurch Dynamic son out of Top Line Petal J134, a Glympton Brook daughter. He was bought by Hollinshead Farms, Atherstone, Warwickshire.
Heading up the prices in the Lincoln Reds was a 6500gns call for Foulness Usher from Chris Page. Sired by St Fort Rolex this one is out of Westacre Bianca P65, a Market Stainton King daughter, and sold to W Mallon Livestock, Little Fransham, Norfolk.
Next best here was a 5500gns bid for Highbarn Universe from N J Barton. He is a Brackenhurst Ranger son out of Highbarn Patricia P8, a Walmber Hermes daughter. He was the choice of Severalles Farms, Newbury.
A 5000gns call followed that, with this price paid for Auchmacoy Ulfred from Susan Buchan, Aberdeenshire. This Auchmacoy Orlando son is out of Auchmacoy Bianca, an Auchmacoy Langworth daughter and sold to Michael Read, Hemingby, Lincolnshire.
Then selling at 4200gns was another Scottish bred bull, this time St Fort Union Jack from Andrew Mylius. This son of Wragby Minstrel is out of St Fort Thora, a St Fort Guv’nor daughter. He found a new home with R and I Mee, Hathern, Leicestershire.
Selling for the same figure was St Fort Universe, again from Andrew Mylius. This is a Beverley Noble son out of St Fort Hetty, a St Fort Eskimo daughter. He was knocked down to Chris Page, Brough, East Yorkshire.
After that came a 3800gns call for Springwood Uproar from Julie Evans. This son of Walmer Piper is out of Springwood Miss P39, a Hemingby Dragoon daughter and sold to previous buyer Severalles Farms.
Female trade in the Lincoln Reds reached a high of 2000gns for Walmer Lass U1083, a Market Stainton Norman daughter from the Needler family. She is out of Walmer Lass L65, a Beverley Henchman daughter and sold to Spendlove Brothers, Orton, Northamptonshire.
Just shy of that were a pair at 1900gns, with the first of these being Wells Marsh Primrose Umber U357 from J Kennedy. This Hemingby Gordon daughter is out of Wells Marsh J139, a Market Stainton Ambassador daughter. She sold to Messrs Stephen, Kings Lynn.
The other at this price was Wells March Ruby Unity U359 from the same vendor. She is another by Hemingby Gordon and is out of Wells Marsh N239, a Beverley Gurka daughter. Buying her were Dixon Partners, Hungarton, Leicestershire.
The highlight of the Salers entry was a 4000gns call for Rigel Kentucky from Rigel Pedigrees. Sired by French bull Casimir, he is out of Rigel Malibu, a Rigel Byron daughter and sold to J L Hartley and Son, Much Wenlock, Shropshire.
Then at 3600gns was Approach Farm Klassic from Angus Gowthorpe. He is by Manor Lane Firework and out of Poldean Cherie, a Poldean Uri daughter. Buying this one were A T Hames and Son, Melborune, Derbyshire.
Averages; 10 Simmental bulls £3753.75, 17 Lincoln Red bulls £3524.06, four Aberdeen-Angus bulls £3885, three Salers bulls £3885, 43 Lincoln Red females £1608.35, 45 Simmental heifers £1846.83, eight empty or in-calf Simmental cows £1588.13, 28 Simmental cows and calves £2268.75 (Newark Livestock Sales).