Carefully bred and Limousin-influenced cattle were strongly sought after on Saturday (1 July) at the Gascoigne Group entire dispersal of 505-head of cattle, which led Newark’s commercial beef sale.
Topping the trade at £7,500 was 2011-born stock bull Ironstone Godzilla, a Willodge Vantastic son out of the 29,000gns French cow Unicite.
Godzilla has worked at the North Yorkshire-based herd, Staintondale, and knocked down to RF Turner and Son, Fordham, Ely.
Next best was another Vantastic son Millington Hampton, making £6,200 for Doug and Rachel Gascoigne who will continue with their pedigree Limousin Gascoigne herd in Nottinghamshire. He knocked down to Fristling Hall Farms, Essex.
Millington Hampton, also by Vantastic, made £6,200
Autumn calvers topped at £3,500 for a Limousin-cross cow with a winning bid from I and J Dunn who also bid to £3,200 and £3,100.
A Salers-cross made £3,100 going to JT Mitchell and Son, with two calls of £3,000 made by S and P Padfield and then the Dunns.
Averages: 81 in-calf autumn calving cows with calves, £2,279.01; 21 in-calf heifers with autumn calves, £2,566.67; 13 cows due autumn 2017, £1,530.77; 25 autumn-due heifers, £1,768
74 cows with spring calves, £2,009.56; 23 heifers with spring calves, £1,768; 30 autumn-born maiden heifers £1,231.67; 24 spring maiden heifers, £1,130.83
(Newark Livestock Sales)