Bidders wasted no time in setting a good pace for Limousins at last weekend’s special breed sale at Newark where the first lot in the ring, Westside Benedict, made the day’s top price of 4800gns.

 

From S and G A Potter’s herd at Thirsk, North Yorkshire, the 2006-bred Benedict is by the French sire Ocean and out of Broadmeadows Jiji. Benedict goes to Manby Farms, Grimsby.

 

The bull, Bailea DJ from the Jones family in Powys, sold for 3000gns to J B Thompson, Grantham. He is by Salomon and out of a cow by the herd’s well known import Imposant. He had a Beef Value of +20

 

A solid demand for females saw bidding peak at 4000gns when Nottingham buyer J Crofts took Wilodge Opal, a 1998-bred cow by Broadmeadows Canon and out of an Epatant dam. This one was consigned by Millington Grange Estates, York. She has bred and reared eight calves and had her latest at foot – a bull by Millington Velox.

 

At 3700gns P J Dale, Ripley, Derbyshire bought the 2005-bred Jencralodge April from Mr and Mrs N Matthews who run the Pyebrook herd at Ludlow. She was suckling a heifer calf by Saunders Stallone.

 

Mereside Stephanie from R M Hazard and Sons at Grantham made 3100gns to A Hall, Darlington. By Imprudent and out of a Goldies Goldfinger dam, she was sold with a heifer calf at foot by Vaclav.

 

Gascoines Group, Whitby took the two highest priced entries in the commercial section. The company paid £3000 for a Limousin-cross cow suckling twin heifer calves by the Limousin sire Lowshipley Universe and £2300 for a British Blue-cross cow with a heifer calf at foot by the same sire. Both were consigned by P and A Riley, Towcester.

 

Averages: Limousin- heifers £1407; bulls £2378; in-calf cows £1453 and cows and calves £2025. (Newark Livestock Market).