Lincoln Reds top at 2800gns at Newark

Interest in traditional breeds continues to grow apace, so it was no surprise that the biggest catalogued sale of Lincoln Red cattle held in the UK for 50 years pulled in a big crowd at Newark Livestock Market last weekend where bull bidding reached 2800gns and the 96 females on offer averaged £1143.

Pedigree and commercial buyers competed for stock throughout the day as breeders relished positive comments about what they described as the “modern” Lincoln Red.

Top call was 2800gns for Doncaster breeder Bev Wright’s two-year-old bull Bevann Joker. By St Fort Dickens and with Colony breeding behind him, he heads for mid-Wales with Powys buyers E and H Chapman, Llanidloes for use on commercial sucklers.

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Judge Lynda Haddon-Burditt found he champion in Beverley Kudos from R I Clough and Son, Spilsby, Lincolnshire. By Market Stainton Governor, he had been successfully shown this summer and made 1900gns to Dick Read, Horncastle. Meanwhile Michael Read collected the reserve championship with Hemingby Brigadier – a show winner this season by St Fort Essex. He realised 2500gns to Essex buyer Tom Dobell who will use him as the new stock bull in his Garnons herd.

Taking the female championship and the earning the highest bid was the in-calf heifer Donnington Jessie from R G Parkinson and Sons, Louth. By Donnington Email and in-calf to Limestone Dunstan, she was bought at 1800gns by Frank Thompson, Stonesby, Melton Mowbray.

Mr Thompson bought five other females to add to his newly formed La Fontaine herd which included Michael Read’s reserve female champion Hemingby Mattie. This maiden heifer realised 1350gns.

Averages: Four bulls £2258; 96 females £1143. (Newark Livestock Market).