Pedigree and commercial buyers were active at Saturday’s Limousin Sale at Newark, with bull trade peaking at 6000gns, while females sold to a top of 4500gns under the gavel of auctioneer Paul Gentry.
Mr Gentry said the sale had seen another exceptional day’s trading with solid demand from start to finish and once again buyers from across the country eagerly bidding on the cattle forward.
“Once again the ringside was packed from start to finish and a number buyers left without having been able to buy the cattle they came for. A clearance rate of 96% across the sale demonstrates the keenness of buyers and vendors are to be commended for putting forward a highly saleable offering of cattle.
“This sale wrapped up a highly successful spring pedigree sales season here at Newark and we are now looking forward to a number of pedigree fixtures over the summer months as well as our usual fortnightly Saturday store and breeding cattle sales.”
Heading up the prices on Saturday was Calogale Lionheart from Messrs Lee and Lloyd, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire. This son of Ampertaine Gigolo is out of Goldies Glorious and sold with a beef value of +41 and growth and muscle depth figures in the top 1% of the breed. Buying this one were J T Mitchell and Sons, Thursford, Fakenham.
Second best of the day was a 5800gns call for the well travelled Loosebeare Lumpy from the Quick family, Devon. This son of homebred sire Loosebeare Fantastic is out of Loosebeare Governess, a Haltcliffe Anzac daughter. Buying this one were J and J R Appleby, South Somercotes, Louth.
Following him at 5000gns was the first bull of the day, Sportsmans Ferguson from Ian Brown, Spalding. This Wilodge Vantastic son is out of Glenrock Ursula, a Marquis daughter and was sold as a result of coming back on his daughters. He was the pick of H Kelsey and Son, Belcroft, Doncaster.
Then making 4500gns was Gascoines Lawrence from the Gascoines Group, Southwell. This son of Fieldson Beefy is out of Bailea Feebee, a Veteran daughter and was the pick of Fristling Farms, Essex.
Also at this money was Loosebeare Login from the Quick family. Sired by Loosebeare Fantastic this one is out of Loosebeare Uncleryan daughter Loosebeare Canna. He was knocked down to C E Hardcastle, Little Porton, Grantham.
Three then sold at 4000gns, with the first of these being Bonshaw Black Leopard from Moonlight Hollow, Colchester. This one is a son of Goldies Gymnastics out of Bailea Heythere, a Dragueur daughter and found a new home with A Smith and Son, Selston, Nottinghamshire.
Second at this money was Clifftown Lynx from D S Townsend, Malton, North Yorkshire. He is a son of Acajou out of Millstone Fragrance, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter. Already used at home, he sold to H and S Nesfield, Cranbrook, Kent.
The final 4000gns call was made for Ewdenvale Luke, a Vagabond son from Steven Wilde. This one is out of an Ionesco daughter, Ewdenvale, Candy, and sold with a beef value of +36. He was taken by R Dunthorne, Limpenhoe, Norwich.
Selling at 3800gns was another from the Quick family, Loosebeare Lucas. This son of Norman Gus is out of Loosebeare Danabell, a Raysonhall Utah daughter and was the choice of F and S M Stamper, Bromeswold, Huntingdon.
A further three also sold at 3800gns, with the next being Messrs Heald’s Coachhouse Lyle, a Mereside Daytona son out of Coachhouse Georgina, a Coachhouse Amos daughter. Taking this one were A Peacock and Sons, East Drayton, Retford.
Also at this level was Threaphurst Lotus from J M and M J Bennett. Sired by Netherhall Gallant he is out of Threaphurst Gabby, a Wilodge Tonka daughter, and sold to G J and J H Byard, Pisley, Chesterfield.
The final 3800gns call among the bulls came for Fieldson Lordship from the Fieldson family. This son of the noted Ronick Hawk is out of Fieldson Galaxy, a Rocky daughter and sold with a beef value of +42, being bought by S Higgott and Son, Nailstone, Nuneaton.
Trade was equally as keen in the females on offer, with a top call of 4500gns made for Absolute Melody from Richard Bartle and Mary Cormack, Herefordshire. Sired by Diamant and out of the Wilodge Tonka daughter Wilodge Venelle, a full sister to Wilodge Vantastic, she sold to the Gould family, Bromere Heath, Shrewsbury.
A 4400gns bid followed that, with this paid for Mereside Herena from the Hazard family, Grantham. Sired by Dormeur this second calver is out of the Vagabond daughter Mereside Ferena and sold with a bull calf at foot by a non-pedigree Limousin sire and in-calf again to a Blue sire. Buying her were D J Summers and Son, Somerby, Gainsborough.
Then making 4300gns was another of the Hazard family’s offering, this time the Objact daughter, Mereside Demitria. She is out of Mereside Amber, a Mereside Tobius daughter and sold with her sixth calf at foot, a heifer calf by Haltcliffe Dancer. This one went home with P M and L Harris and Son, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Next best at 4000gns was Wilodge Bravenelle from Richard Bartle and Mary Cormack. This Wilodge Tonka daughter is out of Ravenelle, making her a full sister to Wilodge Vantastic, and sold with her fifth calf at foot, Absolute Myrtille, a Trueman Jagger daughter. She was knocked down to W Tomlinson, Treswell, Retford.
Taking a 3600gns call was another of the Hazard consignment, Mereside Dream, a Tehix daughter out of Mereside Uda, a Dyfri Orator daughter. Sold with her fifth calf at foot and back in calf to a Blue bull she was bought by T Gratton, Riber, Matlock.
Then selling at 3500gns was Frogmore Lydia from Chris White. This Wilodge Cerberus is out of Ironstone Frangelica, a Clown daughter, making her full sister to Frogmore Helen, the interbreed champion at the Royal Welsh Show in 2015. She was taken by R M Hardy, Cauldon Low, Stoke-on-Trent.
Paul Dawes, Herefordshire, then sold the imported heifer Lesly at 3200gns. This French bred heifer is by the polled sire Ninz and out of Ginette, a Delice daughter and was bought by N Darling, Norwich.
The Pitcher family then sold Cockleshell Jazzy at 3000gns, with this Anside Flint daughter being out of Cockleshell Candy, a Winnington Trumps daughter. Selling with a beef value of +44 and her first calf, Cockleshell Mack, at foot, she is back in calf to Dinmore Goldcrest and was bought by Paul Gentry, Brant Broughton, Lincoln.
Averages; 31 Limousin bulls £3786.61, 15 in-calf cows £1701, 25 cows and calves £2811.90, nine in-calf heifers £1942.50, 74 maiden heifers £1717.29 (Newark Livestock Sales).