Favoured Staveley Limousin heads north to Thurso
By Jeremy Hunt
HONNEUR, the successful show and breeding bull imported from France by William Bedell and David Matthews, made the top price of 6000gns at the third production sale from the Staveley Limousin herd.
Cattle had been moved from Penybont, Llandrindod Wells, to Carlisle for the auction, which included stock from the Greenfield (E Matthews and Son) and Newclose (W G Case) herds.
Honneur, who was imported in Dec 1992, was bred in the famed Chastenet herd. He is by Expert and out of Comedie and enjoyed a successful show season in 1996, winning his class at the Royal Highland Show and standing reserve champion at the Royal Show.
Progeny of Honneur have been prominent in the show ring and a daughter, Staveley Lara, was champion purebred heifer at Smithfield 1996.
The bull was bought by a telephone bid made by William and Anne Oag who run their 40-cow Brims Limousin herd alongside 260 commercial cattle at Thurso, Caithness.
The days second highest call came from David Haigh who owns the Treetops herd at North Willingham, Market Rasen, Lincs. He gave 5200gns for the three-year-old Honneur daughter Staveley Jasmin, suckling her fostered five-month bull calf also by Honneur.
Jasmin is out of Lumbylaw Ansy. She was a first prize winner at the Royal Highland Show in 1996, reserve female champion at the Royal Welsh Show and stood second at the Royal Show.
Staveley Lara, a May 1995-bred heifer by Honneur, made 4000gns with a bull calf at foot by Greensons Gigolo. Buyers were A G and A S Clarke, Carnforth, Lancs.
Topping the Greenfield herd consignment was Greenfield Lucy, an in-calf Honneur daughter served in July by MMB Avergny. Buyers were J Kirkland and Son, Lockerbie at 2000gns.
AVERAGES: Staveley – 14 cows and heifers £2066; 11 maiden heifers £1508; four FOT calves £1968; five recip dams £462; one stock bull £6300 and five young bulls £1798. Greenfield – 11 served heifers £1200; six maiden heifers £836 and three young bulls £1032. Newclose – 13 cows and heifers £894; three yearling heifers £577 and one young bull £630. (Harrison and Hetherington)n