A Limousin cow and calf from the dispersal of the Moonleaze herd of Limousins from the Comer family led the trade at Saturday’s sale of breed cattle at Newark.

Topping the list at 7000gns was Moonleaze Hayley, a 2012-born daughter of Wilodge Docker out of a dam by Bernish Alfy and sold with her calf at foot by Loosebeare Golddust. She sold having run again with Golddust and was knocked down to Counsell Partners, Cheddar.

After that at 6000gns was the herd’s stock bull Loosebeare Golddust, himself a Gronw Cheeky son out of Loosebeare Cayley, a Rainbow Simon daughter. He has a beef value of +37 and was bought by Fristling Hall Farms, Stock, Essex.

Also at this money was young bull Moonleaze Marchhare, a Golddust son out of Mooneleaze Eyefull, a Wilodge Classic daughter. He carries a beef value of +41 and was knocked down to J and J R Appleyby, South Somercotes, Louth.

Following him at 5200gns was Moonleaze Gleam, a 2011-born cow by Bernish Alfy and out of a Goldies Thunder daughter. She sold with her twin heifers at foot by Golddust and having run again with the stock bull. She was taken by P J Dale, Ripley.

And then at 5000gns was Moonleaze Eyefull, a Wilodge Classic daughter out of an Opera daughter and sold with a heifer calf by Loosebeare Golddust and having run with the same sire again. This one was knocked down to Counsell Partners, Cheddar.

And at the same money was Moonleaze Hawthorn, another by Alfy and this time out of a Brockhurst Ustica daughter. She again had a heifer calf at foot by Golddust and had run again with the same sire. She was the pick of Braydon Farm Partnership, Swindon.

After that at 4500gns was an in-calf cow, Moonleaze Justaslovely, a Golddust daughter out of a Wilodge Designer daughter and sold with a Rainbow Simon sired embryo calf at foot out of Ronick Vienna. She sold having run with Albian Justthejob and was bought by Counsell Partners.

The same buyers then paid the same money again for an in-calf heifer, Moonleaze Limelight, a Loosebeare Golddust daughter out of a Wilodge Classic daughter. She was sold having been AI’d to Wilodge Cerberus and subsequently having run with Albian Justthejob.

Then came a 4000gns call for another of the in-calf heifers, Moonleaze Lawn. Sired by Bernish Alfy, she is out of a Greenhill Viper daughter and sold having been AI’d to Foxhillfarm Irishlad and the having run with Golddust. This one went home with R N Gent, Laxton.

And making 3500gns was another of the cow and calf outfits, Moonleaze Iceberry. This Wilodge Docker daughter is out of a dam by Bernish Alfy and sold with her Golddust heifer calf at foot. She was bought by Braydon Farm Partnership, Swindon.

Averages; one stock bull £6300, four young bulls £3727.50, 36 cows and calves £3535, eight in-calf cows £2349.37, two heifers and calves £2940, 10 in-calf heifers £2934.75, 19 maiden heifers £1573.89.

Commercial cattle

The market’s commercial cattle section saw a strong trade on the day too, with store cattle selling to a top of £1320 for 17 month old Charolais cross steers from Messrs Chalk Hill Farms, with British Blue cross steers from Ian Kirk making £1300 at the same age and Blue cross heifers from the same vendor making £1240 at 17 months old too.

Commercial cows and calves peaked at £1950 for Limousin cows with bull calves at foot from Toppesfield Hall Farm, Essex. These were followed at £1880 for Simmental cows with Charolais cross bull calves at foot from Hackleton Farms, Northampton.

Prime and breeding sheep

Across in the sheep section prime lambs sold to a high of 232p/kg and levelled at 177.15p/kg for an entry of 1837, with cull rams peaking at £110 and cull ewes making up to £123.

In the breeding sheep pens breeding ewes hit £185 for G B Goodwin, while ram lambs traded to £300 for Jack Battersby.