Saturday’s multi-breed show and sale of pedigree beef cattle at Newark resulted in strong demand across the board, with Simmentals dominating the top prices in both the males and females.
Auctioneer Paul Gentry described the trade as commercially realistic, with both Continental and native breed buyers clear in the type of animal they wanted. “Buyers were abundant, but the long winter and slow start to spring meant many of them were only willing to buy cattle that fitted the bill exactly.
“The top of the trade was very solid and more high quality stock could have been easily sold. However, anything a shade below par was harder to shift.”
Topping the bull trade was the first lot in the ring, the Leedham family’s Simmental bull Grangewood Commander. This March 2011-born bull is by Dirnanean Salvador and is out of the Grangewood Knockout daughter Grangewood Grace 2. This one was knocked down at 3800gns to A J and M E Minshell, Stoke-on-Trent.
Following that was another Simmental at 3500gns, with this being Messrs Clarke’s third prize winner from the pre-sale show, Burghbridge Clinton. Sired by Brinkton Major, this November 2011-born bull is out of Burghbridge Margaret 12, a Strathisla Popeye daughter and sold to M Webster, Nottinghamshire.
A trio then traded at 3000gns apiece, with two of these being the champion and reserve champion from the pre-sale show.
The day’s champion was another from the Clarke family, Burghbridge Charles. Again sired by Major he is out of another homebred daughter of Strathisla Popeye. Buying him was C Goulsbra, Lincolnshire.
And taking the same price and the day’s reserve overall championship was Ann and Tony Jukes’ Swallowhill Chieftan. He is a son of Blackford Tonka and is out of the Balmano Hitman daughter Swallowhill Matilda. This one sold to F Pearce and Sons, Essex.
The final Simmental at this price was another from the Clarke’s, this time the Strathisla Popeye son Burghbridge Craig. Born in November 2011, this one is out of a Brinkton Major daughter and was knocked down to S Thackaray, Dewsbury.
The small offering of Aberdeen-Angus bulls sold to a top price of 3500gns, with this money given for Rotherwick Ewan L046 from Tony Foster.
This is a March 2011 son of Ardrossan Admiral A2 and is out of the Netherton Eastern Cruz daughter Hazeley Emulous F025. He was bought by G A and M C Crooks, Leicestershire.
And at 3000gns was one from David and Penny Evans, Tree Bridge Easington L334, an April 2011-born Chapelton Dark Mahmoud E826 son. He is out of the Haymount Galacco F644 daughter Tree Bridge Estella H217 and found a new home with R Prinold Newark.
Leading Salers breeders then Pye family of the Rigel herd were to the fore in the Salers offering, selling at 3100gns for Rigel Hustler. This is a March 2011-born Sagitaire son and is out of Rigel Helena, a Bruno daughter. He sold to E J W Holman, Norfolk.
Just shy of that at 3000gns was Preenbank Edgar from E Wood. This is a son of Seawell Aristocrat out of the Poldean Robbie daughter Preenbank Cleopatra, he also sold to Norfolk with J T Mitchell and Son.
As in the bulls it was the Simmental offering which led the day’s female trade, selling to a high of 3600gns for the day’s overall Simmental female champion from the pre-sale show, Midhope Carly from the Hollingsworth family.
March 2011-born Carly is a Dirnanean Snowie daughter and is out of the Pasturehouse Paleface daughter Midhope Trixie and sold scanned 9-10 weeks in calf to the 10,000gns Delfur Chas. She was bought by Flintham Grange Farms, Nottinghamshire.
Following that in the Simmental females was a call of 2000gns, with this being the best price in the draft from the Beetley herd of Abram Farms. This was January 2006-born Beetley Trudy and Atlow Noble daughter. She is out of the Pennance Hottentot daughter Beetley Nola and sold to C Tucker, Buckinghamshire.
Best of the British Blue females on the day was a 2400gns call for the May 2004-born Lukeroyal Wee Darlin, an ET-bred Baron daughter from the Newell family. This one is out of the Ridge Dean Mahogany daughter Ridge Dean Tamsin and sold to Swindells Livestock, Lincolnshire.
Then at 2350gns Andrew Geary sold his April 2011-born heifer Littlewood Golden. She is an ET-bred Empire D’Ochain daughter out of the Classique De St Lambert daughter Ridge Dean Remy Martin and was taken by J and G Sharp, Essex.
And making 2100gns was another from the same home, Littlwood Good Hope. This one is sired by Bringlee Volkawagon and is out of Midas Bedazzled, a Dafydd D’Ochain daughter. Buying her was Frank Stamper, Cambridgeshire.
Averages: Eight Simmental bulls £3031.88, one Charolais bull £1680, four Aberdeen-Angus bulls £2113.13, two Salers bulls £3202.50, one Hereford bull £1837.50, 24 Simmental females £1811.25, nine Aberdeen-Angus females £1114.17, three Blonde females £1610, seven British Blue females £1792.50.