It was a day of female domination at Saturday’s sale of Limousins for the East Midland’s Limousin Club at Newark, with the two three prices all paid for cows and calves.

Auctioneer Paul Gentry said the strong demand for good working cows was a sure sign of confidence in both the Limousin breed and the beef industry as a whole. “Strong prime beef prices, backed by a robust store cattle trade and ready demand for Limousin sired suckled calves is giving breeders the confidence to invest in the future of their herds.

“A number of high class cow and calf outfits were the pick of the trade and rightly so, with good cows well fought for by a packed ringside which was easily the biggest crowd seen at an October Limousin Day here at Newark.”

Heading the price list at 6500gns was a 2008-born third calving cow from Darren Wharton, Suffolk. This was Withersdale Dido, a daughter of French sire Salomon out of Calrossie Ibelle, a Carthorpe Bruno daughter. She sold with a Wilodge Fastrac bull calf, Withersdale Isaac, at foot and back in-calf to Fastrac again. Taking her home were Richard and Judy Fountaine, Milton Keynes.

Following her at 6000gns was Bankdale Countess, an August 2007-born third calver consigned by William Bird. Bred by Gordon Wilson, she is by Oslo and out of Princesse, a Nickel daughter, and mother to Bankdale Alice, dam of this summer’s show dominating Foxhillfarm Gracie. This one sold to A H Booth, Aston, Sheffield.

And making 5500gns when joining the Gascoines herd of the Messrs Gascoine, Southwell, was Cockleshell Dishy, a December 2008-born second calver. This one from the Pitcher family is by Winnington Trumps and out of a Grahams Samson daughter, Cockleshell Vendee. She sold having been AI’d to Heathmount Trojan and with a Grahams Elliot heifer calf at foot, Cockleshell Issitt.

Next best of the females was a 4200gns call for Erne Eileen from Chris White. Bred by Raymond Crawford she is by Tertio and out of Grange Orissa, an Irlandais daughter. This ET bred heifer sold with a heifer calf, Frogmore Imogen, at foot and was bought by Messrs Turner, Fordham, for the Bassingbourn herd. She had stood first in the pre-sale show.

At the same money and selling to the same home was Withersdale Goddess from Darren Wharton. She is by Sympa and is a daughter of 6500gns seller Withersdale Dido. This February 2011-born heifer sold having been AI’d to Powerhouse Elite.

Then taking a 3800gns call was another of the Withersdale entries, Withersdale Florence. A first-calved Ryedale Orion daughter out of Withersdale Clariser, a Perigord daughter. She sold with a Wilodge Fastrac daughter, Withersdale Image at foot and back in calf to Tehix. She was knocked down to P Oxley, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

And a 3500gns call saw the Turner family buy a Procters Borrin daughter from Brian Baker. This was Wealden Hermoine, a March 2012-born heifer out of Wealden Ursula, a Malibu daughter.

Bulls

Taking the top call in the bulls was Tomschoice Hurricane from Jamie Cooper, Harrogate. This Kaprico Eravelle daughter is out of Tomschoice Diamante, a Haltcliffe Novel daughter. Hurricane had been champion in the pre-sale show under judge Thomas Illingworth and is a maternal brother to 10,000gns bull Tomschoice Gladstone. He was bought by J Stacey, Silchester, Hampshire, at 5000gns.

The second best bull price was a 4000gns bid for the reserve champion from the pre-sale show, Coachhouse Handsome from the Heald family. Sired by Mereside Daytona he is out of Coachhouse Esmarelda, a Bailea Ulsterman daughter. This one headed to Norfolk with R and S Knights, Diss.

And selling at 3100gns was the first bull of the day, Dolcorsllwyn Gethin from Glyn Vaughan. He is by Amptertaine Domino and out of Dolcorsllwyn Elspeth, an Ionesco daughter. He sold with a beef value of +47 to Messrs Wright, Boston.

Averages; nine bulls £3336.67, 27 cows with calves at foot £2700.83, seven in-calf heifers £2055, 41 maiden heifers £1752.73.