6 December 1996

Cracking prices paid at Charolais female show

ONCE again the De Crespigny herd of Mr and Mrs Guy Lyster unwrapped a box of seasonal delights at last weeks Christmas Cracker show and sale of Charolais females at Carlisle.

This Maldon, Essex-based herd – due to be dispersed next year – produced the top three prices of 15,000gns, 10,500gns and 6,800gns. But it is no stranger to the limelight, having claimed the 27,000gns record at the 1990 Cracker sale.

All three top prices paid last week are based on the outstanding breeding ability of the MMB Occidental-sired brood cow De Crespigny Tombola. And it was her daughter, the served heifer De Crespigny Joyouse, that topped at 15,000gns after taking reserve championship under Mr C Millar, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

The FOT-bred Joyouse had a Beef Value of 35 and weighed 150kg above breed average at 400 days. She was sired by past Royal Show champion Lakenheath Endevour and stood reserve champion at the 1996 Royal Highland Show. She promises to deliver an exciting calf next year to new owner Sue Vale, Kidderminster – the service sire is Mount Pleasant Thunder, sire of the 27,000gns Debutante and a bull that has had a profound influence when used on the De Crespigny females.

J A and F C Erskine, Co Armagh, fought off allcomers in a determined display of bidding to secure both of Mr and Mrs Lysters entries. At 10,500gns they claimed the show champion, De Crespigny Joyful, a served heifer by Chamois Ambassador and out of a Thunder/Tombola dam.

Joyful had been much admired during her successes on the summer show circuit and was soldin-calf to De Crespigny Lifeguard.

Making up the Erskines pair was the served heifer De Crespigny Jobo, another great prospect by Tombola and sired by Lamberhurst Volunteer. She is full sister to De Crespigny Gaiety – 20,000gns at this sale in 1994 – and was served to Thunder in August. Price was 6800gns.

Other noteworthy transactions were 4200gns paid by J and A B Hornall, Stirling, for Ann Orr-Ewings Foxacre Lunaplena, a Guthrie Dazzler maiden heifer from her herd at Swindon.

Bill Bruce, Meigle, Perthshire sold his Balmyle Juliana, a served heifer by Maerdy Dormobile, at 3600gns to R &#42 Brunton, Kelso. And John Holliday gave 3400gns for Mrs Avril Evans Pen-y-Parc Jasmin, a Tew Conquerer heifer carrying a calf by Maerdy Ichor.

AVERAGES: one cow and calf £1050; six heifers in-calf £7280; five maiden heifers £1890. (Harrison and Hetherington)

&#8226 At the British Charolais Cattle Societys bull show and sale at the same venue, the following day, Hamish Goldie kept the family flag flying with his own bull Criffel Lombard, which sold for the top price of 5600gns.

This Maerdy Hercules sontook the reserve male ticket and went to G Sordy and Sons, Alnwick. Murray Stephenson, Girvan, Ayrshire paid 3200gns for Messrs Jeffersons Abbeycowper Lucifer, a Bowerhouses Topper son, while the overall champion, Esmor Evans Maerdy Justso, made 3000gns to M Cleasby, Penrith.

AVERAGES: 49 bulls £1878.

By Jeremy Hunt

Essex girl extraordinaire…De Crespigny Joyful took the championship.