Records tumble at Designer Genes sale
Designer Genes saw six UK Hereford breed records smashed at the weekend's sales, including:
• Highest priced polled Hereford bull to ever sell in the UK at public auction at 13,000gns
• Highest priced 50 per cent share in a Hereford female to ever sell at public auction in UK at 7,500gns
• Highest averaging Hereford sale in UK history
• Highest female average of any Hereford sale in UK history
• Highest priced straws of semen in European Hereford sale history at £460 per straw
• Highest priced embryos in European Hereford sale history at £2,000 per embryo
The Friday night DGS Goes Global Sale grossed a whopping £48,350 as125 straws of semen sold to average £91.60 per straw and top at £460 per straw.
With a clearance of 100 per cent, 44 embryos sold to average £570.45 and toped at £2,000 per embryo. Four flushes sold to average £2,950 and top at £5,000.
20 straws of the Hereford champion of the world, Moeskaer Compass 1487, were consigned by Moeskaer Herefords, Denmark, before going on to sell for £460 per straw to Monte Lowderman of Lowderman Cattle Company, USA.
Five straws of the $95,000 Australian record priced bull Minlacowie Jubilant J123 were put forward by Ghyll Beck Hereford Stud, as a donation lot towards UK Hereford Youth. They sold for £150/straw to Normanton Herefords, Leicestershire. In total, 125 straws of semen were sold to average £91.60.
The embryo section saw more records broken, topping at £6,000 for a package of three embryos from the Gouldingpoll herd in Ireland. The Remitall Super Duty 42S x Dorepoll 1 R51 Duchess 525 embryos were sold to Willie Ryan, Ireland for £2000/embryo.
Four flushes from Harvie Ranching & RSK Farms, Canada; Las Anitas, Uruguay; Otapawa, New Zealand and Moralee, England were also sold in the Friday night sale.
A pick of the cow herd flush from Cabana Las Anitas in Uruguay sold for £5,000 to MJT Herefords, Alberta, Canada. A flush on the Hereford Miss World, RVP 51X Ablaze 7A, was consigned by Harvie Ranching and RSK Farms, selling for £3,000 to DRA Fabb, England and Moeskaer Polled Herefords, Denmark. The four flushes sold to average £2950.
Overall, the Friday sale of frozen genetics grossed a total £48,350 across 16 lots with a 100 per cent clearance.
The Designer Genes sale held on Saturday grossed £101,745 over just 16 lots and was the first time the sale had broken the six figure barrier.
Smashing the UK record for a poll Hereford bull was 23 month old Coley 1 Pilot from Heather Whittaker, Halifax. The bull has won numerous breed and interbreed titles throughout the summer, before being crowned 2018 UK Hereford bull of the year and also now Hereford champion of Europe and will now compete in the 2018 Hereford champion of the world in January. It was knocked down to G and MC Shepherd of Moorside Polled Herefords at 13,000gns.
Also on offer from the Coley herd was 50 per cent interest in 14-month-old heifer Coley 1 Clara 418, a daughter of renowned female Clara 286 and one of the first daughters of Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid to sell at auction. The half share was knocked down for 7,500gns to Rebecca Robinson of Whittle Herefords, Bury. This is believed to be a record for a half share in a Hereford female in the UK, valuing the animal at 15,000gns.
Three heifers topped the female section of the sale at 8,000gns. Tom and Di Harrison of Moralee Herefords, Northumberland offered a pick of their two best autumn 2018 heifer calves – Kylie KS R1 and Kimberly KS R7. The heifers have remained unbeaten in the pairs all year, including the National Hereford Calf Show. The lot was sold to L and L Bowen, Bowendu Herefords, Mid Glamorgan for 8,000gns and 15-month-old Kylie KS R1 was selected as their pick of the heifers.
Coley 1 Pilot
Next up was the only horned entry in the Designer Genes sale, Pulham Dowager 4th from PRJ and LR Vincent, Pulham Herefords, Norfolk. Pulham were named as the winners of the MEAHBA herd competition 2018. This 15-month-old daughter of Haven Hotspur sold to the Norman Farming Partnership to join their Hickling herd of Herefords from 8,000gns.
The final of the three females to hit 8,000gns was the Agri Expo supreme champion Sky High 1 Luscious Lucy from B Birch and G Brindley, Sky High Herefords, Staffordshire. A maternal sister to the record breaking female Lâncome Lucy and sired by Kingsize, she was knocked down to Nick Griffiths, Grifford Herefords, Staffordshire. Following the sale, Sky High Herefords bought back at half share in the female.
Pulham Dowager 4th
Another heifer from the Sky High herd, Sky High 1 Gabriella Chanel, was sold to L and L Powell for 2,000gns. It was the first daughter of JC Fast Time to ever sell at auction in Europe, and was out of a Dynamite cow.
The Dendor herd offered 26 month in-calf heifer Dendor 1 Molly 46th. Molly is maternal sister to Molly 41st, the UK Hereford female of the year 2014 and the last SMH Euro daughter to ever sell from the Dendor herd. It sold to Philip Martindale, Bolton, Lancashire.
Sky High 1 Luscious Lucy
Mr Martindale also purchased two further Coley heifers at Designer Genes; 16-month old Coley 1 Model 415, the first daughter of Romany 1 Mecca to sell at public auction, made 5,200gns and 10-month old Coley 1 Ibena 429, with a Danish-bred pedigree went on to sell for 4,000gns.
The Auckvale herd of W and R Kemp and Ssns offered 11-month-old Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R at the sale. Curly 1725R was the first polled female and first daughter of Dendor 1 Mutley to sell from the Auckvale herd. It was knocked down to L and L Bowen, Mid Glamorgan for 7,300gns.
A ‘pick of the heifer calves’ lot was put forward by the renowned Solpoll herd. The pick sold for 6,000gns to L and L Bowen, Mid Glamorgan.
Dendor 1 Molly 6th
The Romany herd of JRB Wilson and sons consigned three daughters of Barwise 1 Lancer to the sale. Lily BL R23 went for 3,800gns to L and L Bowen and Lily BL R40 sold at 4,000gns to James Ludgate, Rempstone Herefords, Oxfordshire.
The final Romany heifer in the offering was Romany 1 Lucy BL R47, the only chance to purchase a Romany Lucy that day and was knocked down to George Morgan, Fardre Herefords, North Wales for 4,800gns.
The Moorside herd of G and MC Shepherd offered the oldest female in the sale, March 2016 born female Moorside 1 Jane 8th which was sold in-calf to the $95,000 Australian bull Minlacowie Jubilant J123. With a pedigree going back to Jane A51 E66 and sired by Lawbreaker, Jane 8th sold to Ewan Burgess for 4,000gns.
The inaugural DGS consignment from the Pepperstock herd of Jimmy Speirs was 11-month-old Pepperstock 1 Jade R454. The first daughter of Barwise 1 Mach One to sell at public auction and out of a former Norfolk Show female champion, it sold for 3,500gns to S Taylor, Lancashire.
Total gross of the two sales combined was £150,095.
125 straws of semen, £91.60; 44 embryos, £570.45; 4 flushes, £2950; 1 bull, £13,650; 15 heifers at £5,873; 16 live lots, £6,359.06.
Friday auctioneer – Drew Patrick (Hexham Marts)
Saturday auctioneer – Jonny Dymond (Halls)
Sale manager – Josh Dowbiggin