13 November 1998

Crownhill Moyenne finds buyer in Stitchs

A SOMERSET Limousin enthusiast who owns only six cows paid 10,000gns for an in-calf heifer at the Red Ladies Derby sale at Carlisle.

Mrs Marion Stitch from Mudgely, Wedmore was entranced by the style and stature of Dick Etheringtons Crowhill Moyenne after she stood champion at the pre-sale show judged by Shropshire beef breeder Christine Williams.

Mr Etherington, Baildon, West Yorks has enjoyed considerable success with this Broadmeadows Cannon daughter on the local show circuit but it was her height and overall conformation that pushed breeders into top gear bidding.

"She has size and power and tremendous length but has lost none of her femininity," said judge Miss Williams. Moyenne stands 152cm at the rump. "Among my animals I have Tanhill Cassette and three of her daughters but I need to put some size into my stock," commented Mrs Stitch after the sale. Moyenne had been served by Staveley Hurricane.

Bradford, West Yorks breeders Patricia and John Varley pulled out of the bidding at 8000gns but went on to pay 5000gns for the December 1996-bred heifer Hydesville Miranda.

Consigned by John Power and son Jonathan from their herd in Leics, Miranda is by Gaulois and has a Beef Value of LM+26 putting her in the top 10% of the breed.

AVERAGES: six cows £1190; 10 served heifers £2299 and 30 maiden heifers £1464. (Harrison and Hetherington) &#42