Blondes led trade at Worcester’s multi breed show and sale on the weekend (23 April) and set a new centre record average for the breed of £4,008.
Leading trade when selling for a top price of 4,800gns was Aaron Jaego, a two-year-old son of Bridge Cracker Jack from Nicholas Rogers, Presteigne, Powys.
This bull was placed reserve senior male champion in the pre-sale show and was secured by P Weightman and Son, Easington, Durham.
Second highest priced bull at 4,750gns was the first and senior male champion Kinatson Jud from local breeder Roy Kinnish, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Sired by Bridge he is out of a homebred dam and was bought by RJ Willett, Newport, Gwent.
The same vendor recorded 4,200gns for the same way bred Kinatson Jack the Lad, a second prize-winner, who was purchased by RL Davis and Son, Liskeard, Cornwall.
A strong consignment from RG Davies’ Welsh based Fronfedw herd enjoyed a sound following, peaking at 4,550gns for the third placed Fronfedw Jack Daniels, born in September 2014 and sired by Eilean Fergus. He was the pick of C Amphlett, Diddlebury, Shropshire.
Long time supporter of the sale David Knight achieved a top price of 4,300gns from his strong entry of 13. His bestseller was the second prize-winner Doncombe Jocundity, sired bu Doncombe Chevalier and out of a Pagnol daughter. Purchaser was M. O’Neil, West Sussex.
Mr Knight topped the female section with his female champion Doncombe Larissa, a maiden heifer bred by Anis and out of a Druk Thor dam. She was knocked down at 2,000gns to EM Parry and son, Brecon, Powys.
On the same day Longhorn cattle sold to a top of 2,700gns for the pre-sale show champion and maiden heifer Hennisfield Gorgina, from Mike and Yvonne Smith’s Derbyshire based herd. Buyer was David Howden, Ludgershall, Buckingham.
The Longhorn Cattle Society said trade was somewhat selective with buyers keen for quality stock and prepared to compete for those types fitting the bill.
Meanwhile bulls peaked at 2,100gns Aberdeen Oswin, a two-year-old son of Fishwick Iconic rewarding vendor Graham Lennox for his long trip from Aberdeen. He was purchased by Worcestershire breeders Goodman Bros.
White Park cattle enjoyed a brisk trade, topping at 2,200gns for the overall champion Pantgwyn Victor, a two-year-old bull from David Graveston’s Lancashire based herd. He was secured by J and C Woodward, Ilkeston, Derby.
The same vendor enjoying a good following for another Pantgwyn bred bull Idris having won third prize. He was taken by Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Glos, at 1,500gns.
Females were also hotly contested with in-calf heifers from MR Franklin’s Westholme herd selling for 1,500gns twice to T Pope, Bampton, Oxon, and D Yiend, Grantham, Lincs,
Averages: Blondes: 17 bulls, £4,008.53; five served heifers, £1,545.60 and seven maiden heifers, £1,195.50. Longhorns: Five bulls, £1,638; three senior heifers (led), £2,107; one junior heifer (led), £1,575; one junior heifer (un-led), £315; six cows in calf/with calves, £822.50; five unserved heifers, £779; 14 senior heifers, £683. White Park: Three in-calf heifers, £1,488; 16 maiden heifers, £606 and four bulls, £1,225.
(McCartneys LLP, Worcester).