A pair of 5000gns bids led the trade at Saturday’s British Blue sale at Newark, with this top paid twice for bulls.
First to go at this level was Trencrom Lord of the Dance from Gail Ellis, Cornwall. This May 2016-born Bavan Empire son is out of Trencrom Go Go Girl, an Almeley DJ daughter. This largely black bull sold to A and S Baillie, Kirkcowan, Newtonstewart.
Second at this level was Kevin Watret’s Solway View Limited Edition, a Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur son out of Broomfield Vivien, a Baron Du Bois Bauloye daughter. This one found a new home with I R Appleton, Elwick, Hartlepool.
Then at 4500gns was the very first bull of the day, Witham Bank Javelin from W Laight. This 2014-born senior bull is by Lennie Van Het Caloenhof is out of Witham Bank Ebony, a Janvier 8515 De Warichet daughter and was bought by C Stancombe and Son, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
Three then sold at 4000gns, with the first of these being another from Gail Ellie, Trencrom Lord Gill. Sired by Strawberry Field Hokowase, this one is out of the New Close Colonel daughter Trencrom Gillyflower and was knocked down to H J Brooks and Son, Hertford.
Another from the same home then took the same bid, with this being Trencrom Lux, another Bavan Empire son is out of Trencrom Firecracker, an Empire D’Ochain daughter. He was the pick of Roger and Tom Elliot, Kislingbury, Northamptonshire.
And the final 4000gns call came for Bear Dale Logan, a Henlli Wishmaster son from S Pilkington. She is out of Almeley Flora, a Rosario daughter and sold to Gail Ellis for the Trencrom herd, Cornwall.
Gail Ellis led the female trade too, taking 4000gns for Trencrom Ladybird, a Strawberry Field Hokowase daughter out of Trencrom Hot Shot, a Boherard Cantona daughter. Taking her home was Ben Sharpe, Essex.
Then at 3500gns was Kevin Watret’s Solway View Lottie, an ET bred Colos Van Daisel daughter out of Broomfield Vivien, a Baron Du Bois Bauloye daughter. This one heads to Bishopton, Stockton on Tees, with J L Marks.
Following that came three at 3000gns, with the first of these being Trencrom La Di Dah from Gail Ellis. This Pinnacle Fists daughter out of Trencrom Gaelic, a New Close Colonel daughter. She sold to previous buyer Ben Sharpe.
The same buyer then paid the same money for Trencrom Lady L, a Strawberry Field Hokowase daughter out of Trencrom Galway, another by New Close Colonel.
And the final 3000gns call came for Hooton Lilac from the Seels family. This Norbreck Fireman daughter is out of Hooton Eucalyptus, a Hooton Bonanza daughter. She was bought by G L Potter, Stratford Upon Avon.
The first portion of the dispersal of the Baldwin family’s commercial Limousin herd saw a top call of £3000 paid for Norman Henrietta, a Claragh Franco daughter sold with her British Blue cross heifer calf at foot. She sold to A I Wilkinson, Rochhdale, Lancashire.
Then at £2800 was Griseburn Isla, a Carmorn Copilot daughter with a Blue cross bull calf at foot, with this one also heading to Rochdale with the Wilkinsons.
At the same money was Coachhouse Incandescent, a Rachels Ferrari daughter with a Blue cross heifer calf at foot. She sold to G and S Gilleard, Thorne, Doncaster.
At £2700 was Hollingreave Hatty, a Vagabond daughter with a Blue cross steer calf at foot. She was taken by S and P Padfield, Everingham, York.
Then at the same money was IRonston Honeybee, a Gorrycam Diarra daughter with a Blue cross bull calf at foot. She joined previous buyers G and S Gilleard.
And a final £2700 call came for a British Blue cow, Droit Ida, an Imperial De L’Ecluse daughter out of a Hazelwood Freshman daughter. This one sold to W A Ketley and Son, Colchester, Essex.
Leading the remaining commercial cow trade was a £2900 call for a pedigree Limousin cow from Andrew and Becky Bishop. She sold with a British Blue cross calf at foot and having run with a Blue bull again. Buying this one were J Gowthorpe and Son, North Cliff, York.
Commercial steers and heifers
Crossbred stores were in strong demand, with heifers selling to a top of £2800 for a Limousin cross from the Baldwin family, Wigan, with this one bought by C J Harris, Peters Marland, Devon.
Meanwhile, Messrs Holmes, Lincoln, sold British Blue heifers to £2500, with T S and N D Stevens, Worth Wells, taking this one. Messrs Baldwin then sold a Blue cross heifer at £2200 to R J Wilkinson, East Stockwith, Lincoln.
In the steers, the best price of £1460 was achieved for a British Blue cross from Messrs Holmes, with this bought by Todd Farms, East Torrington. The same vendor then sold a Limousin cross at £1350 to C Goulsbra, Authorpe, Lincolnshire, with the Ellis family then trading a Blue cross at £1260 to Hargreaves Farms.
Messrs Baldwin took £1250 and £1200 for Blue cross bullocks, with both of these bought by Hargreaves Farms, while the Ellis family sold another Blue cross at £1200, again to Hargreaves Farms.
Averages; 12 British Blue bulls £4005.83, 19 British Blue heifers £2674.21, Baldwin dispersal 32 Limousin cows with calves at foot £2210.93, 172 commercial heifers £980.58, 140 commercial steers £1028.71 (Newark Livestock Sales).