DEMAND for Aberdeen-Angus bulls and heifers was steady at Worcester, where the breed society held its annual spring show and sale. The bidding resulted in a 100 per cent clearance for 30 lots sold, with bull trade averaging £3,943.33, up £268.33 on the year.
Sale topper at 4,350gns was Rob Bishop, Berkshire, with his April 2015-born bull Warrneho Esquire R574. A son of the previous Royal Show champion Warrenho Dalmigavie G237, it is out of a homebred daughter by The Moss Mr Eshton D409. It caught the eye of A.F.J. Coward and Sons, Warminster.
Two lots made 4,000gns, paid firstly for Blackacre Jake Eric R231 from John Biggs, Narbeth. Born in January 2015 and by Netherallan Peter Pershore E052, it is out of a daughter by Rawburn Lord Rob F548 and sold to E.G. Righton, Pershore.
Also at this money was Oakchurch Dare Devil S250 from Jeremy and Ala Price, Staunton-on-Wye, Herefordshire. March 2016-born and a son of Oakchurch Equity N141, it was knocked down to A.R. Johns, Newton Abbot.
W. Price and Son, Hay-on-Wye, paid 3,900gns for the February 2016-born Temple Jasper Eric S669. Bred by the Denning family, Chedzoy, it is sired by Temple Northern Prince P583.
The female entry topped at 3,200gns for the section champion, Oakchurch Duchess S245 from the Price family. Also by Oakchurch Equity N141, this March 2016-born heifer is half-sister to their top priced bull, and is out of a Hoff Limited Edition-sired cow. It was picked up by Will and Sophie Crystal, Co Durham.
The pair also paid 2,000gns for the reserve female champion, Cheerbrook Evas Honey R064, from Andrew Shufflebotham, Nantwich. This March 2015-born Chathill Esam Eric M641 daughter was sold in-calf to Penguin Henry M503.
9 bulls, £3,943.33; 2 cows and calves, £1,375; 5 in-calf heifers, £1,701; 8 maiden heifers, £1,480.50.