Saturday's Limousin Day sale at Newark saw a packed ringside of potential buyers in attendance with trade strong for the best of the stock on offer and the averages reflecting the demand from sound breeding stock.
Auctioneer Paul Gentry admitted that while trade may not have lived up that seen at other Limousin fixtures hosted by the market in recent months local commercial buyers were in cautious mood following a poor cereal harvest and talk of high feed prices for the upcoming winter.
"There is no doubting that had buyers felt more confident about the margins achievable on cattle this winter they would have bid more strongly. But with so much uncertainty in the market at the moment buyers remained overly cautious."
Female trade was the pick of the day and leading the day's prices was a 4500gns bid from Messrs Turner, Holmefirth, for Cockleshell Vienna from the Pitcher family. This 2004-born cow is by the noted Cockleshell Olympus out of Cockleshell Patsy a Woodhouse Magic daughter. She sold suckling a heifer calf by Chytodden Conan and back in calf to Grahams Elliott.
Taking the day's second best call of 4000gns was Bailgate Flavia, a Haltcliffe Vermount sired heifer from Messrs Ward Greetwell, Lincolnshire. She’s out of Greenwell Donatella, a Vagabond daughter, and sold having run with Bailgate Fearless to William Bird, Barkston Ash, Tadcaster.
Following her were two at 3400gns, with the first being Cocklshell Dior, another from Pitcher family. This 2008-born second calver is by Winnington Trumps and out of Cockleshell Sue, a Greensons Gigolo daughter. Selling with a heifer calf at foot by Cockleshell Elite, she sold back in-calf to Kaprico Eravelle and was bought by H Spiby and Sons, Markfield, Leicestershire.
The other at this price was Forestside Foxy, a Rocky sired heifer from Messrs Prime Brothers. This one is April 2010-born and is out of Knockhill Tusty, a Broadmeadows Cannon daughter. She found a new home with Robert Hardy, Cauldon Lowe, Stoke on Trent.
A total of five lots then sold at 3000gns, with the first of these being the joint top priced bull of the sale, Coachhouse Galahad from Messrs Heald. Sired by Rocky he is out of Coachhouse Diplomat, a Nenuphar daughter and sold to C E Hardcastle and Sons, Grantham.
Next at this price was the other joint top priced bull, Dolcorsllwyn Gladiator from Glyn Vaughan. This one, a Cloughhead Umpire son, is out of Dolcorsllwyn Virginia, a Milou daughter, and sold with a beef value of +27 to M and G Chantrell, Narborough.
A 2007-born cow was the next to sell at 3000gns, with this being Millington Champagne, a Millington Victorious daughter from Stuart Littlewood. She is out of Millington Vibrant, a Genial daughter and sold with a bull calf at foot by Artanagh Danson and back in calf to Goldies Fandango. Buying her was A H Booth, Aston.
The fourth lot at this money was another from Messrs Prime Brothers, Forestside Favourite. She is another by Rocky and is out of Chatsworth Taffeta, a Hartside Nelson daughter. This one was knocked down to P J Dale, Denby Village, Derbyshire.
And the same vendor and buyer accounted for the last one at 3000gns, Forestside Fabulous. Sired by Objat, this May 2010-born heifer is out of Forestside Deliah, a Limo Tanat daughter.
Quite possibly the highlight of the day was the embryo trade, which saw embryos by Wilodge Vantastic and out of Hafodlas Shona, a daughter of this year's Royal Highland Show interbreed champion Hafodlas Llion, sell at 1500gns apiece. These were bought by George and Pat Long, Ambleside, Cumbria.
And making 600gns were embryos by either Saphir or Hafodlas Llion and out of Bellmont Helen, an Uplands Arnold daughter. These were snapped up by Stuart Barclay, Stirling.
Averages; 14 pedigree cows £1908.75, 20 pedigree heifers £2509.50, nine pedigree bulls £2508.33, 37 pedigree cows and calves £2169.53, 47 calves £1557.14 (Newark Livestock Market).
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