Saturday’s English Premier sale of Lincoln Reds, Aberdeen-Angus, Salers and Simmentals saw a selective trade, with buyers in cautious mood as winter continues to fail to give way to spring.

Auctioneer Paul Gentry said many buyers were feeling the effects of the last few weeks poor weather and had held back from spending more than they had with concerns that cattle may well be housed for longer than usual and feed and bedding costs could escalate.

“The best of the cattle were still a good trade, but there was no doubt the second string cattle weren’t as well sought after and quality was without doubt the watchword throughout every breed on offer.”

Taking the day’s top call of 8000gns was Lincoln Red bull Backenhurst Viper XP80800, a Beverley Raider son from Nottingham Consultants. This one is out of Brackenhurst Effie N355, a Limestone Dunstan daughter and sold with an EBV of +34, in the top 10% of the breed. He had previously been breed champion at both Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Shows in 2017 and sold to Michael Read for the Hemingby herd, Lincolnshire.

Second best in the Lincoln Red bulls at 7000gns was the first of the day, Walmer Viborg from the Needler family. This Market Stainton Norman son is out of Walmer Rose M11, a Beverley Henchman daughter ans sold to N J Barton, Macclesfield.

Then making 3500gns was the well travelled Auchmacoy Victor from Sharon Buchan, Aberdeenshire. This son of the homebred Auchmacoy Lancelot is out of Auchmacoy Lass P121, an Auchmacoy Langworth daughter. She sold to R H and J M Grace, Blisland, Cornwall.

And at 3200gns was another from the same home, Auchmacoy Vincent. This son of Auchmacoy Langworth is out of Auchmacoy Norah P105, an Auchmacoy Lancaster daughter. He was the pick of John Gent, Oundle, Cambridgeshire.

Following close behind at 3000gns was Hemingby Vanguard from Michael Read. This son of Auchmacoy Oakley is out of Hemingby Treasure F216, an Anwick Chancellor daughter. He sold to J W Capp, Beckingham.

Lincoln Red Females

Female trade in the Lincoln Reds was led at 2800gns by Premier Wispa from R Mawer. This St Fort Stirling daughter is out of Yam Hill Bianca, a Beverley Premier daughter. This one found a new home with M Wyland, Kerdiston, Norwich.

Then making 1750gns was Anwick Hetty from Phil and Sharon Sellers. Sired by Market Stainton Scolar this heifer was bred by Messrs Bembridge and is out of Anwick Hetty, a Beverley Exalted daughter. Buying her was Chris Page, East Yorkshire.

And at 1400gns was Houghton Vision V344 from Emma Smith. She’s an Auchmacoy Oswald daughter out of Lincsbells Hanna M104, a Walmer Ensign daughter, with this one being the pick of I Rainey, Foulsham, Norfolk.

Aberdeen-Angus bulls

Taking the top call of 5000gns in the Aberdeen-Angus bulls was Glenade Exclusive from M and J O’Hara. This son of Rawburn Double Oseven is out of Blelack Eyrie G197, a Nightingale Ernie daughter and sold with a TSI of +37 and an SRI of +45, when joining A E J and F J Claridge, Buckinghamshire.

Second best here at 4000gns was Shadwell Patriot S927, an Idvies Eland son out of Shadwell Pam N673, a Netherallan Peter Pershore daughter. This bull from Shadwell Estate sold to R M Shaw, Norwich.

Salers bulls

Leading the Salers bulls was a 3000gns bid for Rigel Lyra from Rigel Pedigree. This son of the homebred Rigel Byron Poll is out of Rigel Lily, a Rigel Othello daughter and was bought by B G Peberdy, Great Glen, Lincolnshire.

Simmental bulls

Male trade in the Simmentals on offer peaked at 3400gns for Hemingford Horatio from Messrs Griffin and Arkley. He is sired by Corskie Dreamer and out of Hemingford Violet, a Starline Klassik daughter and sold to M J Harris, Rugby.

Next in line at 3300gns was Messrs Leedham’s Grangewood Heston, a Grangewood Damascus son out of Starnhill Tollie, a Camus Brandy daughter. He was taken by James Knight, Sleaford.

And at 3200gns was Sterling Harry from Jimmy McMillan, bred by Boddington Estates, this son of Annick Exocet is out of Sterling Tonia’s Ebony, a Sterling Cotswold daughter and was bought by Messrs Lovatt, Biddulph, Staffordshire.

Simmental females

A 3800gns sale led the Simmental female offering with this money paid for Heathbrow Indigo from David and Lesley Sapsed. She’s by Heathbrow Grand Slam and out of Hockenhull Claire 21, a Kilbride Farm Newry daughter. Taking this one J L Mee, Nottingham.

After that at 2600gns was Midhope Glamorous from the Hollingsworth family. She’s by Woodhall Everhart and out of Midhope Tate 2, a Dirnanean Snowie daughter. She was the choice of Forvague Bros, Coleorton, Leicestershire.

Averages;  seven Simmental bulls £3090, eight Lincoln Red bulls £4055.63, four Aberdeen-Angus bulls £3766.88, one Salers bulls £3150, 36 Lincoln Red heifers £1074.79, 20 Simmental heifers £1095.15, three Simmental cows and calves £1627.50, 18 Simmental cows in-calf or empty £1417.50  (Newark Livestock Sales).