On its tenth anniversary, Brecon sale of show potential suckled calves once again saw some big prices, peaking at £6,700. Laura Bowyer was there to catch the action.
Drawing buyers and vendors alike from all over the UK, the Brecon sale of show potential suckled calves saw steer averages down by £69 on the previous year but heifers up by nearly £200.
Leading the trade were locals, Dai Brute and family, Llanfihangel Talyllyn taking the top price of £6,700 and their first ever championship at the pre-sale show, which was judged by 2017’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair beef championship winner, Phil Price, Glasbury-on-Wye.
Selling to Mike Rowlands, Llanidloes, the eight-month-old Limousin cross heifer by the name of Meghan Markle, was sired by stockbull Cwmlimo Hercules and out of a purchased Limousin cross cow.
Making the second highest call of the day of £4,700 for Little Mix was James May, Bromsgrove for another Limousin cross heifer, sired by Emslies Galileo. It is out of a home-bred British Blue female by Gass Cheggers and was consigned by Rob and Llinos Jones, Llandeilo Graban.
Making the trip over the Severn Bridge worthwhile was Jack Stevens, Wells with Honey Bee, which sold at £3,950 to A. and E. Vance, Whithorn, after winning its class. A Limousin cross British Blue heifer, its Northern Irish-bred sire Artnagullion Icepop was purchased in Carlisle as a senior bull for 4,000gns.
Topping the steers at £3,400 and taking the haltered steer championship was Tyisaf Naylor, a pedigree steer from Phil and Tracey Jones, Erwood, also selling to Mike Rowlands. It is by Irish bull Sheethills Jet which was bought in Roscrea market, Co. Tipperary for €8,000 and out of Richland Bubbles, bred by D.S. Jones, Llanwnnen.
Going for a call of £3,400 to M. Wynne, Matlock was another Brute-bred heifer and Cwmlimo Hercules daughter, Black Bambi. This nine-month-old heifer is out of a Limousin cross female.
Another steer from the Brute consignment, Top Trump, left for Devon with C.J. Harris, who paid £3,200 for the Brutus Cracker son.
The six-month-old steer, Red Dazzler, from Emily Jones, Lampeter went home with Blaire Dufton, Aberdeenshire after realising £2,700. It is by Limousin bull Haltcliffe Chico, bred by the Ridley family, Cumbria which was purchased at Carlisle.
Limousin-cross steer Red Rocket from Rob and Llinos Jones sold at £2,650 to M.J. and J.A. Pidsley, Honiton.
Golden Girl, a nine month Charolais cross heifer from J.A.V and P.M. Mills, Llanafan Fawr, changed hands with Edd and Bun Morgan, Cilycwm for £2,600.
42 steers, £1,487.62; 43 heifers, £1,936.74