A 22,000gns top call and three further five figure bids were the highlights of the dispersal of the Ironstone herd of pedigree Limousins for Messrs Smiths of Bloxham at Newark on Saturday (19 May).

Leading the trade was one of the herd’s most famous cows, Ironstone Dumandy, a former interbreed winner at the Royal Welsh and numerous other shows.

Bred from Bailea Umandy, a Requin daughter, she is by the herd’s former stock bull Wilodge Vantastic and sol with a Procters Commander-sired heifer calf, Ironstone Olivia, at foot. She was knocked down to Robert Graham for the Grahams herd, Stirling.

Next best at 18,000gns was one of the herd’s current stock bulls, Ballinloan Jericho, a 2014-born son of Ampertaine Foreman out of Ballinloan Beauty, an Anside Struss daughter. He was bought by Kedzlie Farms, Galashiels.

Close behind at 17,000gns was Ironstone Lavender, a 2015-born heifer by Wilodge Vantastic and out of Baila Umelia, a Requin daughter. She sold with a beef value of +48 and having ruin with Jericho. Buying this one was Alan Jenkinson, Penrith.

Mr Jenkinson then paid 14,000gns for Ironstone Laura, a full ET sister to the sale topper. This one is also 2015-born and sold with a bull calf at foot by Jericho, Ironstone Otis.

Following that came a 9500gns call for Ironstone Maxine, a 2016-born heifer by Ironstone Gandi and out of Greenwell Emelia, a Vagabond daughter. This one carries a beef value of +53 and was the pick of H G Perkins and son, Radstock, Bath.

Kedzlie Farms were then back in action when paying 8000gns for Ironstone Lumelia, a Procters Commander daughter out of Bailea Umelia. She sold having run with Ballinloan Jericho and with a beef value of +32.

Baile Umelia herself then sold at 7000gns, with this 2003-born ninth calver selling to Robert Graham, Stirling. Sired by Requin she is out of Bailea Melia, an Imposant daughter and sold having run with Ballinloan Jericho.

Two then sold at 6000gns, with the first one being Brockhurst Batik, a Grahams Samson daughter out of Ronick Mcainsi, herself a Talent daughter. This 2006-born 10th calver sold with a bull calf at foot, Ironstone Oliver, by Ironstone Gandi. She was bought by Dougie McBeath and Sarah-Jane Jessop, Stirling.

The other at this level was Ironstone MrMagoo, a Glenrock Fandangoson out of the sale topping Ironstone Dumandy. This young bull with a beef value of +50 sold to previous buyers Kedzlie Farms.

A brace then also sold at 5500gns, with the first of these being Ironstone Lady, a Goorycam Diarra daughter out of Greenwell Emelia, a Vagobond daughter. She sold with her first calf at foot, Ironstone Nathan, a Ballinloan Jerricho son and having run with Ironstone Leonardo. This one headed home with G J Morris, Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire.

The other at this level was Ironstone Lindy, another out of Emelia and by Ironstone Gandi. Selling with a beef value of +52, she had run with Jericho and was bought by previous buyers H G Perkins and Son, Radstock.

A 4800gns call secured Ironstone Marquis, a November 2016-born son of Ballinloan Jericho out of Ironstone Inspiration, an Ironstone Executive daughter. He was knocked down to J J Turner, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.

And two then followed at 4500gns, with the first of these being the prolific Greenwell Emelia, dam of a number of high sellers. She is by Vagabond and out of Greenwell Amy, a Tanin daughter. She sold with a beef value of +54 and having run with Ironstone Leonardo. Buying her was Ian Davidson, Larne, Co Antrim.

The other to make this money was Ironstone Marmaduke, a young bull by Ballinloan Jericho and out of Ironstone Intrigue, a Mas Du Clo daughter. He sold with a beef value of +47 to Dancer Bros, Loxley, Warwickshire.

Averages; 47 cows and calves £3323.48, 33 maiden heifers £1784.47. five in-calf heifers £1323, 17 yearling bulls £980.41, 19 cows £3691.58, 12 stock bulls £5218.54 (Newark Livestock Sales).