Prices peaked at 7,000gns twice at Newark Limousin show and sale on the weekend (12 April), where 47 bulls sold to an average of £3,600 – up £100 on the year and representing a 92% clearance.
Sharing the leading price was Millington Hampton, the pre-sale intermediate and supreme champion, from Millington Limousins, Millington, York. This bull is an embryo calf by Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the Ronick Matador-sired Brockhurst Option. Born in May 2012 he has a Beef Value of LM+42. He is full brother to Millington Hawk who was interbreed junior male champion at the Royal Welsh. Commenting on his champion Eric Norman, Little Orton, Carlisle, said: “This bull has plenty of power and is really well put together. He has good shape, is naturally muscled, and has very good locomotion.” Purchaser was Gascoines Group, Southwell, Notts.
Also at 7,000gns was Coachhouse Hathaway from Messrs Heald and Co, Retford, Notts. This June 2012-born bull was placed reserve intermediate champion. By Overthwaite Cracker he is out of the Haltcliffe Hercules daughter Coachhouse Rouge. He was bought by GP Mayo, Towcester, Northants.
Following with a bid 6,000gns was the first prize bull Ironstone Harley from Smiths of Bloxham, Banbury. He was knocked down to Messrs Knight, Oundle, Peterborough. Born in May 2012, Ironstone Harley (LM+37) is by the 18,000gns Gorrycam Diarra and is out of the 2008 Royal Highland Champion, Brockhurst Batik, which was purchased for 22,000gns.
The first bull into the ring – senior stock sire Procters Duvalier, from Paul Dawes’ Herefordshire-based Dinmore herd – sold for 5,500gns to Messrs Clarke, Dunstall, Staffordshire. This 2008-born son of the 100,000gns sire Haltcliffe Vermount is out of Procters Vabrielle, a Greenwell Ronick daughter.
At the same money was Lowgate Harold from Ian Brown, Holbeach, Lincs. By Threaphurst Dynamo he is out of Lowgate Diane, a Wilodge Visa daughter. Having stood third in the pre-sale show he sold to Messrs Foster, Garrowby Hill, York, with a Beef Value of LM+34.
Topping the day’s female prices was Chris White’s first prize cow Hartlaw Gazelle. Sired by 100,000gns sire Haltcliffe Vermount and out of Valentine, a Titanic daughter, she was unsold in the ring at 5000gns, but sold afterwards at 5050gns to Will Ketley, Halstead, Essex, with her heifer calf, Frogmore Ivy, a Branceille daughter, at foot and back in-calf to Ampertaine Bravo.
The Heald family continued their solid day’s trading when selling their reserve female champion, Coachhouse Incarnation, at 5,000gns. This March 2013-born daughter of the 15,000gns Rachels Ferrari is out of Coachhouse Damson, a Coachhouse Virgil daughter. She sold to Messrs Phillips, Ashampstead, Reading.
Next best at 3,600gns was the pre-sale champion fBrockhurst Happy rom Doug Mash, Chesham, Bucks. Sired by the noted sire Wilodge Tonka and is out of the prolific French show cow Reseda, herself a Malibu daughter. Buyer was H Waring, Everingham, Yorkshire.
Averages: 47 bulls, £3,595.69; 46 cows and calves, £2,322.55; 23 cows, £1,256.63; 26 in-calf heifers, £1,629.53; 101 heifers, £1,743.71.
(Newark Livestock Market)