21 July 1995

Woodhalls make to 5800gns

A TOP bid of 5800gns was taken when the first big reduction sale from the Woodhall herd of Simmentals was staged at Perth last Friday.

Buyers came from far and wide to vie for the 10 yearling bulls and 82 females offered on behalf of Hector MacAskill. Widely-recognised as one of the top Simmental herds in the country, 28 bulls had been sold at Perth by Mr MacAskill since 1991 to average an impressive £2783

The herd was founded in 1979, with the private purchase of Mounthooly Emma, a daughter of Scottish Neff. Her progeny now account for almost half of the herd.

Based in East Lothian, Woodhall is a member of CSW Simmentals – a consortium of the Crailing, Stuartslaw and Woodhall herds formed in 1988 to enable resources to be pooled and top sires to be purchased.

The stock bull, Hillcrest Caesar by Gretnahouse Supersonic, was bought at a breeders sale in Ireland for 7400gns at 10 months old. His dam, Camus Solitaire, also produced Camus Vibrant and Camus Volunteer, both sired by Hockenhull Marvel and owned by CSW. Many of the younger females on offer were by these bulls.

The sales top bid of 5800gns came from former breed president, Dick Pierce, Yanley Farm, Bristol, for the last animal through the ring, the April 1994-born Woodhall Extra Special.

With a 400-day weight of 703kg, he stood first in his class and took male championship at last months Royal Highland show.

Among the females, best price was 3000gns for the five-year-old in-calf cow, Nosca Woodhall Amazon. Buyer was W S Stronach, Grange.

And at 2700gns another in-calf cow, four-year-old Woodhall Bliss, went home with &#42 Loughrin, Cookstown, Co Tyrone. To the same buyer, at 2300gns, also went six-year-old Woodhall Wren with her heifer calf at foot.

Best price among the cows with calves was the 2700gns paid for five-year-old Woodhall Aileen. Buyer was J B Forrest, Whitemire.

Leading the maiden heifers, meanwhile, was August 1994-born Woodhall Empress which went for 2400gns to B Lundy, Lincoln.

AVERAGES: 20 cows with calves £1714, 12 in-calf cows £1372, 12 in-calf heifers £1225, 11 maiden heifers £1060, 22 heifer calves £1146, 10 bulls £2300. Overall 89 head levelled £1437. (United Auctions.) &#42

Woodhall Extra Special made the top price of 5800gns at the Perth sale. He went to former breed president Dick Pierce.