Saturday’s dispersal of the commercial suckler herd from the Gascoines Group saw a packed ringside of buyers eagerly competing for this well bred, top drawer herd of spring and autumn calving cows.
Auctioneer Paul Gentry said the herd had been carefully bred over the years with a strong influence of Limousin breeding, resulting in a group of high quality cows which were well sought after in numbers.
“Without doubt this was one of the most significant commercial herd dispersals seen in recent times, with more than 500 head offered on the day and a number of buyers taking large numbers of cattle.”
Topping the price of £7500 was one of the herd’s pedigree Limousin stock bulls Ironstone Godzilla. This 2011-born son of Wilodge Vantastic is out of the 29,000gns French cow Unicite, an Omer daughter and sold to R F Turner and Son, Fordham, Ely.
Next best at £6200 was another of the stock sires, Millington Hampton. Again sired by Vantastic this 2012-born bull is out of Brockhurst Option and sold with a beef value of +42 to Fristling Hall Farms, Essex.
Autumn calving cows were the pick of the female trade, selling to a top of £3500 for a Limousin cross cow which was bought by I and J Dunn. The same buyers then took further lots in this section at £3200 and £3100.
Another autumn calver then sold at £3100, with this Salers cross bought by J T Mithcell and Sons, while two went at £3000, the first to S and P Padfield and the second to previous buyers I and J Dunn.
In the Spring calving cows the best call was £2650, with this outfit selling to Fristling Hall Farms. Further bids in this section came at £2600, with this price paid by A B and M J Motley. A further five lots then sold at £2500.
In the calved heifers the lead calls again came for the Autumn calvers, with a top bid of £3200 paid by P H and G B Shucksmith, with the same buyer taking further lots at £3000 and £2900. Also paying £2900 were S P Chapman, S and P Padfield and J T Mithcell and Sons.
Spring calving heifers were then lead at £2250 by Limousin cross outfit bought by J and T Waring, while P M Donger purchased a Salers cross at £2200.
Heifers due to calve this autumn were led at £2400 for a Limousin cross which sold to J T Mitchell and Sons, Thursford, with others to £2000 when bought by J and J R Appleby, Louth and J Blades, Melton Mowbray.
Autum-born maiden heifers then reached £1400 five times with these bought by Fristling Hall Farms twice, J A J Mather, Kelso, S and C M Jones and Sons and JDF Farms, Catcliffe.
Spring-born maiden heifers then peaked at £1250 for a Limousin cross bought by R F Turner and Son, with others selling to £1220 when bought by S and C M Jones and Sons, Derbyshire.
Averages; Autumn Calving Herd – 81 cows with autumn born calves at foot and served again £2279.01, 21 heifers with autumn born calves at foot and served again £2566.67, 13 cows due autumn 2017 £1530.77, 25 heifers due autumn 2017 £1768.00
Spring calving herd – 74 cows with spring born calves at foot £2009.56, 23 heifers with spring born calves at foot £1768.00, 30 maiden heifers born autumn 2015 £1231.67, 24 maiden heifers born spring 2016 £1130.83
Eight Stock Bulls – £3300.00