7 June 2002

10-month calf is pick of the bunch

By Jeremy HuntNorth-west correspondent

ALTHOUGH three yearling bulls made between 2400gns and 3000gns at the Glenrock Limousin herds calf production sale, it was a 10-month-old heifer that topped the day at 4000gns.

Admirers of Glenrock Sheba, a Neptune daughter with Tanhill and Hampton breeding on dams side, were willing to make a hefty investment in her potential. And it was K and D Miller of Canonbie, Dumfriesshire, who fought of competition to sign the cheque.

Vendor Stephen Illingworth, of Lockerbie, is no stranger to offering youthful promise at this fixture and over the years many buyers have come to relish the chance to take a gamble on a young bull.

In the pack, the June 2001-bred Glenrock Shadow led the entry of good young bulls which were principally by French sires Marquis and Nans.

Shadow is by Marquis and out of a Talent dam. He weighed 555kg at 10 months old and is full brother to the 8000gns Glenrock OJ that sold in the same ring two years ago. Shadow has a Beef Value of 28 and goes to Nether Hall Farm Ltd, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.

Glenrock Samson is another Marquis son and has a Beef Value of 27. He is just a year old and out of a Glenrock Busby dam. Buyer at 2800gns was W Young and Sons, Ochiltree, Ayrshire.

The heaviest bull – weight for age – bred at Glenrock was another Marquis-Busby combination. Glenrock Solomon made 2400gns and heads for Wigtownshire with buyers Kirkdale Farms.

Willie Cowx included a selection of stock as the fifth production sale from the familys Hudscales herd at Hesket Newmarket, near Carlisle. The top three bids came for sons of the Imposant son, Sarkley OJ.

Jointly topping the list was Hudscales Sean, an April 2001-bred bull out of a Broadmeadows Jiver dam. Buyers at 3800gns were Barrie Farmers, from Biggar, Lanarkshire.

Equalling the bid were Messrs Pears, Wigton, Cumbria, to secure Hudscales Seve, a 10-month-old bull full of shape and much favoured by the Cowx family.

At 2600gns, an unregistered bull calf by OJ and out of a Jiver dam was taken by T Forsyth, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire.

The two other principal consignors were Messrs A and G Roberts Hafodlas herd and G Rowsons Rombalds herd.

The first lot in the ring from the Rombalds offering made 2700gns. Rombalds Sophie is a 16-month-old heifer by Dauphin who sold to Mrs F Iveson, Hawes, North Yorks. Messrs T and A Bell, Keswick, paid most for a Hafodlas entry taking an 18-month-old bull by the Canon son Hafodlas Llion.

Averages: Glenrock – four bulls £2511; 24 heifers £1392. Hudscales – 21 bulls £1690. Rombalds – six heifers £1417. Hafodlas – three bulls £1925 and two heifers £1260. (Harrison and Hetherington) &#42

Coolnaslee Sally took bids to 5600gns.