4 June 1999

Choice Moynton cattle beat bank holiday blues

BUYERS frustration caused by bank holiday traffic jams was soon forgotten when faced with a choice selection of cattle at the production sale of Peter Olds Moynton Charolais herd last weekend.

And it was stock hailing from the successful show and breeding cow Moynton Freesia – a three- times winner of the best exhibitor-bred cow award at the Royal Show – that was most in demand at this Dorset fixture.

Top call of 4000gns came for Moynton Irena, a 1993-bred Freesia daughter by Newthrums Solar and AId in October to the £25,000 Maerdy Impeccable. Buyer was T Davies, Bradford-on-Avon, Glos.

And Mr Davies tapped into more of the herds show winning families when he gave 3000gns for Moynton Ingrid, a daughter of influential sire Bowerhouses Topper. Ingrid had been successfully shown as a yearling at the Royal, Devon County and Royal Cornwall. She was sold suckling twin calves by Moyness Mars.

The re-allocation of 40ha (100 acres) of grassland to Mr Olds rapidly developing salad-growing business forced the reduction sale but it presented breeders with the opportunity to acquire progeny of Thrunton Ideal, the herds 45,000gns Perth purchase.

And the opportunity was grabbed by St Bees, Cumbria buyers Messrs Wrigley who invested 2000gns in Moynton Lafleur, a young daughter of Freesia by Baggrave Hollandaise and offered with a month-old bull calf by Ideal.

Ideal sons attracted keen bidding. Moynton Napoleon – an April 1997-bred son out of a daughter of the successful cow De Crespigny Tombola – sold at 2400gns to J E Everatt and &#42 C Borfon, Warminster, Wilts.

Moynton Moreton (pictured), the herds junior sire with a Beef Value of 29, is also by Ideal and made 2200gns to R Winslade, Bridgwater, Somerset. Moreton has Oakchurch Alexander as maternal grand-dam – a cow used extensively in the herds flushing programme and whose son was reserve junior champion at last years Royal Show.

Other leading prices for females included 1900gns given by North Wales breeders J E and B Jones for Moynton Godiva, an eight-year-old by Gower Addition and in-calf to the 30,000gns Dingle Hoffmeister.

Also at 1900gns was the Lamberhurst Volunteer sired Moynton Leila, a grand-daughter of De Crespigny Tombola suckling a heifer calf by Moyness Mars and taken by Billy Turner for his noted Brampton herd at Ripon.

Averages: 18 in-calf cows £1050; 25 cows and calves £908; nine heifers and calves £556; five in-calf heifers £499; 16 yearling heifers £444 and nine young bulls £1563. (United Auctions). &#42