The dispersal of Ian Houlgrave’s pedigree herds of Lincoln Red, Salers and Simmental cattle saw a top call of 2600gns and strong demand throughout.

Leading the bidding at 2,600gns was the Lincoln Red Legbourne Connie P97. This 2011-born first-calved heifer is by Market Stainton George and out of Hemingby Connie J421, a St Fort Essex daughter. Sold with her Limousin-cross heifer calf at foot she headed to Michael Read, Hemingby, Horncastle.

Next best at 2,250gns was pedigree Simmental, Thursford Vivian 9, a Kilbride Farm Van Gogh daughter out of Thursford Vivian, a Halenook Lex Scripta daughter. This 2010-born cow sold having run with the Limousin sire Dolcorsllwyn Garmon and with a pair of Lincoln Red calves at foot. She was knocked down to G D Swerling and Sons, Chalfont St Giles.

Following her at 2,200gns was the Saler heifer Rigel Myra and her twin Lincoln Red calves. This August-2011 heifer is by Sagitaire and out of Rigel Myrtle, a Gitan daughter. She was bought by Messrs Allison Deverell, Firtree, County Durham.

And a 2,100gns bid saw the 2011-born Rigel Japan Poll sell to J T Mitchell and Sons, Fakenham, Norfolk. Sired by Amozonien, she is out of Rigel Calypso Poll, a Rigel Othello daughter and sold with a Limousin-cross steer calf at foot and having run with Limousin sire Dinmore Gerald.

Then at 1,900gns was Simmental cow Pasturehouse Melodys Rhapsody 2. This Hareston Hercules daughter is out of Blakewell Melodys Rhapsody, a Hockenhull Maverick daughter and sold with a Simmental heifer calf at foot by Beech Tree Banker. She was sold having run with the Limousin bull Bailea Goldbullion and was bought by Chris Tucker, Edgcott, Buckinghamshire.

Just behind at 1,850gns was the 2011-born Saler Rigel Candice. This one is a Casimir daughter out of Rigel Colette, a Rigel Julius Poll daughter and sold with a Limousin-cross steer calf at foot and having run with the Limousin Dinmore Gerald. Buying this one were Messrs Allison Deverell, County Durham.

Following on at 1,800gns was Rigel Morocco, a 2011-born Rigel Ajax daughter out of Rigel Marrakesh, an Amozonien daughter. Again sold with a Limousin-cross steer calf at foot and having run with a Limousin again she went home with L E Simmons and Partners, South Molton, Devon.

Averages; five pedigree Salers cows with calves at foot, £1,879.50; five pedigree Salers cows, £1,785; two Blonde cows with calves at foot, £1,750; six pedigree Simmental cows with calves at foot, £1,741.25; five pedigree Simmental in-calf heifers, £1,708; nine Limousin cows with calves at foot, £1,570; five pedigree Simmental cows, £1,474.20; one Blonde cow with calf at foot, £1,350, 31; pedigree Lincoln Red cows with calves at foot, £1,341.29; six Simmental cows with calves at foot, £1,268.33; five Simmental cows, £1,233.80; two Hereford cows with calves at foot, £1,110, 21; pedigree Lincoln Red cows, £1,097.50; 15 pedigree Lincoln Red in-calf heifers, £1,083.60; four Lincoln Red cows with calves at foot, £765.50; 19 pedigree Lincoln Red maiden heifers, £669.24.

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