Roaring trade at Newark as Lionheart sells for 6,000gns

Pedigree and commercial buyers were active at Saturday’s (1 April) Limousin Sale at Newark, with bull trade peaking at 6,000gns.

Heading up the prices on Saturday was Calogale Lionheart from Messrs Lee and Lloyd, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire.

This son of Ampertaine Gigolo is out of Goldies Glorious and sold with a beef value of +41 and growth and muscle depth figures in the top 1% of the breed. Buying this one were J T Mitchell and Sons, Thursford, Fakenham.

Calogale Lionheart

Calogale Lionheart © MacGregor Photography

Auctioneer Paul Gentry said trading was solid from start to finish with a clearance rate of 96% across the sale.

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Second best of the day was a 5,800gns call for the well-travelled Loosebeare Lumpy from the Quick family, Devon.

This son of home-bred sire Loosebeare Fantastic is out of Loosebeare Governess, a Haltcliffe Anzac daughter. Buying this one were J and J R Appleby, South Somercotes, Louth.

Following him at 5,000gns was the first bull of the day, Sportsmans Ferguson from Ian Brown, Spalding.

This Wilodge Vantastic son is out of Glenrock Ursula, a Marquis daughter. He was the pick of H Kelsey and Son, Belcroft, Doncaster.

Then making 4,500gns was Gascoines Lawrence from the Gascoines Group, Southwell. This son of Fieldson Beefy is out of Bailea Feebee, a Veteran daughter, and was the pick of Fristling Farms, Essex.

Also at this money was Loosebeare Login from the Quick family. Sired by Loosebeare Fantastic, this one is out of Loosebeare Uncleryan daughter Loosebeare Canna.

He was knocked down to CE Hardcastle, Little Porton, Grantham.

Gascoines Lawrence from the Gascoines Group, Southwell

Gascoines Lawrence © MacGregor Photography

Trade was equally as keen in the females on offer, with a top call of 4,500gns made for Absolute Melody from Richard Bartle and Mary Cormack, Herefordshire.

Sired by Diamant and out of the Wilodge Tonka daughter Wilodge Venelle, a full sister to Wilodge Vantastic, she sold to the Gould family, Bromere Heath, Shrewsbury.

Absolute Melody from Richard Bartle and Mary Cormack, Herefordshire

Absolute Melody © MacGregor Photography

A 4,400gns bid followed that, with this paid for Mereside Herena from the Hazard family, Grantham.

Sired by Dormeur, this second calver is out of the Vagabond daughter Mereside Ferena and sold with a bull calf at foot by a non-pedigree Limousin sire and in-calf again to a Blue sire. Buying her were D J Summers and Son, Somerby, Gainsborough.

Averages: 31 Limousin bulls, £3,786.61; 15 in-calf cows, £1,701; 25 cows and calves, £2,811.90; nine in-calf heifers £1,942.50; 74 maiden heifers, £1,717.29 (Newark Livestock Sales)