Cautious bidding as a result of the uncertainty in prime cattle trade saw steady trade Newark Limousin Day on Saturday.
Auctioneer Paul Gentry said while buyers were prepared to pay more for the best cattle on offer, in general bidders were “cautious”.
He added: “It was no surprise to see buyers a little more cautious this spring, with talk once again deadweight sellers having their cattle put on significant waiting lists for available slaughter dates.
“However, those vendor who presented well bred, correct cattle were well rewarded.”
Leading trade at 5,500gns was the August 2013 born bull Ewdenvale Ivanhoe from Steven Wilde, Bradfield, near Sheffield. Sired by Wilodge Tonka he is out of the Ampertaine Abracadabra daughter Ewdenvale Gemma and has a beef value of +41 with +5.9 for muscle depth. He sold to Andrew Bishop, Eldersfield, Gloucester, with the aim of producing show calves.
Following him at 4,800gns was the pre-sale junior and overall champion Coachhouse Infielder from the Heald family, Retford, Notts. He is by the homebred sire Coachhouse Eebygum and out of Coachhouse Verve, a Haltcliffe Picasso daughter. He carries a beef value of +45 with +5.7 for muscle depth and was knocked down to Dan Turner for pedigree use in the Bassingbourn herd at Fordham, Cambridgeshire.
Three bulls made 4,500gns.
The first of these was the reserve intermediate champion, the April 2013-born Gascoines Iain from the Gascoines Group, Southwell, Notts. This bull is by Fieldson Beefy and is out of the Overthwaite Crackerjack daughter Bailea FeeFee. Purchasing this animal was Messrs FS Knight, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.
Also at 4500gns was the first prizewinner, Coachhouse Illyria, another from the Heald family. This July 2013 born bull is by Rachels Ferrari and is out of Coachhouse Udolphi, by the noted Haltcliffe Picasso. This bull sold to Frank Page, Lodge Farm, Elkington, Northampton.
The final 4,500gns call went to the reserve male champion, Newroddige Imperial, from Mallaber Partners, Drakelow, Burton on Trent. This September 2013 bull is a Haltcliffe Underwriter son and is out of the previous Royal Highland Show champion Grahams Butterfly, a Samy daughter. With a beef value of LM+40 this bull was the pick of Bill Stewart, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
Then at 4,000gns it was back with the Heald family’s consignment with Coachhouse Intelligent. This July 2013 born bull, who stood second in his class to the Heald’s overall champion, is by Mereside Daytona and out of Coachhouse Ulyssa, a Goldies Necho daughter. He also headed home with Bill Stewart.
Leading a solid pedigree female trade at 5,800gns was Brockhurst Holy from Doug Mash, Chesham, Bucks. Sired by Wilodge Vantastic she is out of the multi-show winning Brockhurst Bolshoi, the Grahams Samson daughter who was overall champion at the Royal Highland and interbreed champion at Great Yorkshire Show 2014 as an eight-year-old cow. This September 2012-born heifer sold in-calf to Ardglasson Highlander and was purchased by Andrew Gammie, Westpitt Limousins, Laurencekirk.
The champion female and reserve overall champion Coachhouse Ibiza from the Heald family made 4,200gns. This maiden heifer is sired by Mereside Daytona and out of Coachhouse Calafornia, another Haltcliffe Picasso daughter. She carries a beef value of +41 and is +5.2 for muscle depth. Buyers were V and G Bowring for their Elmton herd, Nether Langwith, Nr Mansfield.
In total, a further 12 females made 3,000gns or more.
Limousin sired peaked at £1,380 for a Limousin cross bulling heifer out of a Blue cross dam from EDE and NE Jones, Lampeter. This one sold to J and G Sharp, Stock, Essex. Other leading heifer prices included six at £1,220, with all of these coming from J R Birkhead and again selling to J and G Sharp.
Sue Scott sold Limousin cross heifers to £1,160 seven times. All these were bought by J G Green and Son, Messingham, Scunthorpe.
In the steer section the best call of £1,370 was made by Roger Turner, Fordham, when buying a bullock from John Gent, Newark, with a further seven making £1,300 from the same home and going to the same buyer.
Averages: three senior bulls, £3045; 13 intermediate bulls, £2978.85; 20 junior bulls, £3252.38; 21 cows with calves, £2699; nine heifers with calves, £2669.33; 11 in-calf cows, £1699.09; 31 in-calf heifers, £2282.90; 79 maiden heifers, £1658.47; seven commercial bulls, £885.71; 126 commercial heifers, £995; 160 commercial steers, £1022.81.
(Newark Livestock Sales)