Inaugural Sires of the Future sale tops at 6,500gns
Dendor 1 Sugar Ray from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys led the trade at the Hereford Cattle Society’s inaugural Sires of the Future sale at Shrewsbury Auction Centre. Selling for 6,500gns, it headed to Carmarthenshire to join international rugby referee Nigel Owen’s newly established Mairwen herd.
This 16 month old bull is the first Dendor 1 Nairobi son to be sold at public auction, which stood supreme champion at the 2018 National Poll Show. Its dam, Dendor 1 Ruby 17th, bred the 2018 female of the year, and is a SMH Euro 30E daughter.
Appleridge 1 Rollo from Martin Jenkins, Berkeley, Gloucestershire realised 4,200gns, and heads back to Gloucestershire with Allan Timbrell, Cirencester to join the Thames herd. Sired by one of Appleridge’s most successful herd sires, Lowesmoor 1 Kilkenny, it is out of a home-bred female, sired by Romany 1 Galaxy A84 G5. This bull holds a super set of EBVs, with 400 day weight, terminal and self-replacing indices lying in the top 10 per cent of the breed.
Dendor 1 Sugar Ray
Changing hands to Collins Bull Hire, Llangattock Lingoed, Monmouthshire at 3,800gns was Bromley 1 Othello, consigned by Society president Mark Roberts and wife Maddy from Hoarwithy, Herefordshire. This striking 21 month bull was the heaviest on the day weighing in at 1,038kg and has 400 and 600 day weight figures in the top 10 per cent of the breed, with terminal and self-replacing indices in the top five per cent.
Havenfield 1 Schooner from EL Lewis and son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire, who have been in the breed for nearly 200 years, sold for 3,000gns to commercial suckler man, Andrew Lloyd, Walton, Radnorshire. Born in October 2018, it is by the Australian bull Mawarra Mustang and is a maternal brother to Havenfield 1 Rufus which sold for 6,400gns at the Society’s spring show and sale in Hereford in 2019. All of the growth figures for this bull lie in the top five per cent of the breed, with a self-replacing index in the top 10 per cent.
Appleridge 1 Rollo
Making the trip south from Glasgow was Harveybros 1 Stan-The-Man from George and Sophie Harvey, which also sold for 3,000gns to Michael Clark to add to the Gloucestershire-based Lowesmoor herd. Qualifying as a superior carcase sire, this September 2018-born bull is by the famous Normanton 1 Laertes, which was so successful on the 2016 summer show circuit, taking the interbreed titles at both the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh. It is out of Harveybros 1 Crocus N5, a daughter of the Danish sire Venture Night Time 7055.
Breed secretary David Deakin said: “It was good to see over 60 per cent of bulls finding homes with commercial farmers. This was the first Sires of the Future sale and, considering how poor the weather has been, it drew a good crowd, which we can only build on.”