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Females in demand at Hereford Autumn Show & Sale

Bulls and Females both sell to a top of £5,500 and Record Average for Show Heifers at Hereford Livestock Market conducted by the Society’s Official Auctioneers Brightwells.

The Grand Female Champion 18 month old Rempstone 1 Fashion E438 (pictured right) from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire was sold for the top female price of 5,200 gns to new breeders R J Windsor, Sound Villa Herefords, Nantwich, Cheshire. This beautifully balanced and feminine heifer, who has an impressive set of performance recorded figures is out of Kinglee 1 Fashion 304 and by Aldersley 1 Edgar.

A consignment of five well presented heifers from J & W McMordie, Co. Down, Northern Ireland were keenly contested with the first lot of the day Solpoll 1 Stardust N5 being purchased by G Hall, Pinmoor Herefords, Lancashire for 4,000gns. Two further Solpoll females; Solpoll 1 Starlet N28 and Reserve Grand Female Champion Solpoll 1 Starlet N26 were purchased by Speirs Farms Ltd, Pepperstock Herefords, Luton, Bedfordshire for 3,800 gns and 3,600gns respectively. The final two Solpoll heifers, Solpoll 1 Starlet N9 and Solpoll 1 Starlet N32 were purchased by Warham Court, Breinton, Herefordshire for 2,800gns and 3,300gns.

Twelve month old Dendor 1 Honeysuckle 19th bred by DE, ED & AL Jones, Caersws, Powys was sold for 3,700gns to Newtoncroft Farms, Leicestershire to join their herd of Newtoncroft Herefords. Other leading heifer prices were 3,500 gns paid by L & L Bowen, Bowendu Herefords, Treharris, Mid Glamorgan for Frenchstone P. 1 Gene bred by LR & AM Ayre, South Molton, Devon and Panmure 1 Plum N3 bred by JM Cant & Partners, Angus, Tayside who sold for 3,400 gns to Mr & Mrs S Coates, Parkapella Herefords, Monmouthshire.

10 Show heifers sold for £36,225 to Average £3,622.50

Seventeen month old Shraden 1 Navas (pictured left) (870 kg) from MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire commanded the top price in the bull section when he was sold for 5,200 gns to Scawfell Genetics Ltd based in Seascale, Cumbria. Commenting after the purchase Mr James Hazard remarked, “we at Scawfell Genetics Ltd are highly delighted to have bought Shraden 1 Navas today. We liked his style, class and all round balance along with his very good breeding values and clean health status.” James added, “we plan to take semen from “Navas” for both domestic use and for export and we will be promoting the Hereford Breed in a number of countries.” Shraden 1 Navas is out of Shraden 1 Alice E283 and by Baldinnie 1 Victory.

J & W McMordie achieved the second highest price in the bull section and coupled with their trade in the show heifer category, fully justified the cost of travelling over from Northern Ireland. Eighteen month old Solpoll 1 Nashville (pictured right) (755 kg) was sold for 4,200 gns to J Riley, Blakesley Herefords, Towcester, Northamptonshire.

In general the bull trade was sticky, which has been the trend at Autumn bull sales across most breeds in recent years - but more bulls found homes this year than in the corresponding Autumn sale of 2016, mainly due to increased interest from commercial buyers.

Twenty three month old Greenyards 1 Norrie (945 kg) from PJ & AC Allman, Sutton St Nicholas, Herefordshire was purchased by J & W McMordie, owners of the current National Herd of the Year, for 3,600 gns.

Harvey Brothers, Balfron, Glasgow, sold two year old Harveybros 1 Nigel (955 kg) for 3,600 gns to Mr D England, Lisvane, Cardiff. Two bulls were sold for 3,500 gns; thirty month old Barwise 1 Marshall (1,065 kg) from Mrs CS Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmoreland, Cumbria to Mr W Parry, Caernarfon and seventeen month old Panmure 1 Nelson (845 kg) from JM Cant & Partners to GT Pope & Sons, Shropshire.

Judge Jack Henry, Brighouse, West Yorkshire ably assisted by UK Hereford Youth Member Flora Amery made Hollyvale 1 Neville (795 kg) from A & P Massey, Bury, Lancashire their Grand and Junior Male Champion. This nineteen month old prize winning bull (pictured left) was sold to G Llewellyn & D Sharman, Harvest Herefords, Shifnal, Shropshire for 3,000 gns.

A number of bulls failed to meet their reserve including Reserve Grand Male Champion two year old Church Preen Nanook (990 kg) from AR Owen, Church Stretton, Shropshire.

23 Bulls sold for £65,205.00 to Average £2,835.00

There was a 100% clearance in the For Sale Only Female section, which saw a top of 3,650 gns paid to G & MC Shepherd, Preston, Lancashire for Moorside 1 Evita 5th and her bull calf at foot, Moorside 1 Phoenix. A consignment of six heifers from Marsh Court Farm Ltd, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire commenced this section with four of the heifers making their way to AJ, AE & MG Thomas, Premier Herefords, Clarbeston, Pembrokeshire, for an average of 1,890 gns. The remaing two Marsh Court heifers, Eldersfield 1 Pearl N1164 and Eldersfield 1 Amber N1171 were purchased by RW Gay, Jenob Herefords, Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan both for 2,700 gns. The final lot of the day saw Panmure 1 Plum N12 from JM Cant & Partners sold to Newtoncroft Farms for 2,100 gns.

12 For Sale only Females sold for £24,517.50 to Average £2,043.13

New Hereford CEO James Sage commented after the sale that the brisk trade for females highlighted the popularity of the Breed, which has seen record numbers of new members in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down. James would also like to thank Sponsors, Dunbia & Nordic Star Tags for their continued support.
Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster.