Prices hit a high of 5,700gns at the Longhorn Cattle Society’s spring show and sale at Worcester.
Top call of the day went to M and Y Smith’s female and overall champion Hennisfield Eileen, a two-year-old heifer, from Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Sired by Dunstall Jaguar she is out the Blackbrook Galileo daughter Dunstall Ivy and was secured by SM Tedbury, Hardham, Sussex.
She was followed by the reserve female champion Treverton Mayflower from Rachael Heard, Welford, Northampton.
Born in May-2012 she is sired by a homebred bull and is out of the Southfield Bandit dam Linton Heulog. She sold for 3,400gns to DJ Bevan, Lanarthne, Carmarthen.
Cows and calves topped at 1,850gns for the first prize winner Chalkney Pleasure, from Sarah Coleman, Colchester, Essex. This second calver is sired by Blackbrook Raptor and was placed first as a junior heifer at the South East Longhorn Breeders show in 2011. She sold with her March-born ,Carreg Legend sired heifer calf at foot to newcomer Jane Grant, Easingwold, York, who purchased a further nine lots.
Bulls peaked at 3,800gns for the male champion Carreg Mogley, from Bernard and Margaret Llewellyn, Llandeilo, Dyfed.
Sired by Underknoll Focus he is out of the prolific show winner Carreg Hottentot.
He returned to Wales with DJ Bevan.
Just shy of this at 3,700gns was John and Joshua Brigg’s April 2011-born Gorse Samson, from Lighthorne, Warwickshire.
Sired by a homebred bull and out of Cwrt Henllys Gladys he stood second to the champion. He was knocked down at 3,700gns to S Medwell, Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
Averages: Two cows with calves at foot or in calf, £1,548.75; seven senior heifers, £2,349; five junior heifers, £873.60; six un-haltered cows with calves at foot or in calf, £1,193.50; five un-haltered senior heifers, £1,035.30; two un-haltered junior heifers, £787.50; and five un-haltered bulls, £3,202.50.
Auctioneers: McCartneys LLP, Worcester