Leading the way at £7,400 at the Farmers Guardian supported sale of show potential beef calves at Brecon was the Limousin cross steer, Prince of Thieves, from Phil and Tracey Jones and family, Erwood, Powys.
THE sale leader, by Sheehills Jet, caught the eye of the judges, father and son team, James and Luke Wilkinson, Leyburn, who together tapped it out to be steer and overall champion. This made it two championships on the bounce for the family who won with a full sister to Prince of Thieves at last year’s sale. Taking this one home was J. L. Ward and Son, Torrington, Devon.
Second highest price of the day went to D. H. Morgan, Llanddeusant, Carmarthenshire, with the reserve heifer calf champion, Hot Shot, which sold for £5,100 to Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincolnshire. Brought out by the mother and daughter team of Wendy Morgan and Caryl Howells, it was by a Limousin out of a British Blue cross cow.
Two calves then shared a price tag of £3,100, the first being the heifer and reserve overall champion, Oodles, from Colin and Wendy Phillips, Sarnsfield, Herefordshire. By Stoneleigh Just Do It and out of a pedigree Limousin dam, it is half-sister to the reserve baby beef champion at last year’s Welsh Winter Fair. Taking this one home was Blair Dufton, Huntley, Aberdeenshire.
Next at the same price was the first place Charolais cross heifer, Waffles, from J.M. and A. M. Lewis, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire. Brought out by Dafydd Lewis, this one found a new home with G. H. Woolatt, Chepstow, Monmouthshire. Also coming from the same string of calves was the reserve champion steer, Eddie the Eagle, a British Blue cross calf which sold for £2,450 to R. H. Naylor, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
Next selling for £2,700 to Mr Dufton was a Limousin cross heifer from D.E. and G. Davies and Son, Builth Wells, Powys. Joining this one on the journey home to Aberdeenshire was Pepsi, a Limousin cross heifer from R. W. and L. A. Jones, Builth Wells, Powys, which sold for £2,350.
The Sellers also paid £2,150 for Rocketman, a Limousin cross steer from the Lewis family.
Averages: 36 steers, £1,551.11; 38 heifers, £1,646.32.