Spirited bidding for Charolais females was driven by the commercial sector in Ross-on-Wye, last week where bidding peaked at 2800gns and total clearance was achieved when Messrs Turney staged a major reduction of their Hamilton herd based at Tibberton, Gloucester.

The day’s leader was Hamilton Vogue, a four year old by Marwood Pedro and out of a homebred cow by Mowbraypark Napolean. She was no stranger to the ring having secured the interbreed title at the Three Counties Show earlier this season. Scanned in calf to Mortimers Rob Roy, she was knocked down sold to James and Vanessa Webb, and joins their Rushfield herd, based at Billesdon, Leicester.

Next at 2400gns was Hamilton Avalon, a three year old sold with her 10 month old bull calf at foot, Hamilton Dynamite. Sired by Mortimers Josh and out of a homebred cow going back to Ploughfield lines, the pair went to Mathew Impey, Leominster.

Another cow and calf pair, Hamilton Antoinette and her January 2008 born bull, Hamilton Dartagnan by Mowbraypark Napolean, made 2100gns to Simon Bostock, South Littleton, Worcester. The three year old Antoinette was sold scanned in calf to Mortimers Rob Roy. 

The seven year old Guys Sheba, by Mortimers Josh commanded a bid of 2000gns from L J and A L Jones, Painscastle. Builth Wells.

 Top maiden heifer at 1500gns was Guys Chelsea, a 21 month old by Burradon Talisman who sired the 55,000gns Perth supremo, Thrunton Voldemort. Chelsea whose damline went back to Blelack Greylag travelled home with P J Thornley, Llandeilo.

The sale’s leading male entry at 2500gns was Hamilton Culprit, a 16 month old youngster by Doonally New and out of a homebred cow going back to Mowbraypark Napolean. The buyer was Bell Farming, South Clifton, Newark.

Averages:  11 cows with calves at foot or in calf £1,756.36; five in calf heifers £1,092; seven maiden heifers £909; seven bulls £1,830.

Auctioneers: UA and Ross-on-Wye Livestock Market