THE production sale from the Trencrom herd from E. A. and D. A. Ellis, St Ives, was the star attraction at Newark’s annual British Blue day.
There were bumper entries of pedigree and commercial cattle, with a maiden heifer topping the bids at 6,500gns.
The top call was made for Trencrom K Factor from Messrs Ellis’ consignment. This January 2015-born Boherard Cantona daughter is out of Trencrom Ex Factor, a Bringlee Blackstar daughter.
The buyer was D.T. Todd Farming, Lincolnshire.
Following was the maiden heifer Trencrom Kalypso, from the same home, which commanded a bid of 4,000gns from J. Boocock and Son, East Yorkshire. By Phenomene De Martinpre, this heifer is an ET maternal sister to the sale leader.
Best of the bulls was a 5,000gns bid for Trencrom Kronenborg. By Littlebank Gigolo and out of Denby Ebony, a Ballygrange Alex daughter, it sold to W.H. Farrow and Sons, Alford, Lincolnshire.
Outside the Trencrom sale was Woodseat Kaiser Chief from Katie Allen, Hopevalley. By Ridge Dean Dictator and out of Ridge Dean Esther, it found a new home with A.J. Smith Farming, Buckinghamshire, for 3,500gns.
The second at this money was Angela Falkingham and Diane Hill, Goole, with Tweeddale Kurt. This Tweeddale Hebony son is out of Tweeddale Gabriella and was bought by the Layton family, Leominster.
Cows and calves peaked at 2,500gns for Lark Valley Hazel from Robert Brittain, Bury St Edmunds. This ET-bred 2012-born third-calver is by Hazelwood Freshman, out of Ridge Dean Supreme, and sold with a cross-bred steer calf to Messrs Ellis.
A run of pedigree Limousin cows with British Blue-sired calves hit 3,100gns for September 2012-born cow Mereside Hotlips, a daughter of Haltcliffe Dancer. Coming from the Hazard family, Grantham, it is out of an Obus-sired dam and sold with a bull calf at foot. It was bought by Andrew and Becky Bishop, Eldersfield, in-calf to Mereside Jackal.
British Blue-sired commercial cattle also saw a good trade, with the Baldwin family, Wigan, leading the bids with their annual offering of just shy of 100 crosses from their suckler herd.
Topping this consignment was a £3,000 call for a British Blue cross heifer, with steers from the same home peaking at £1,500.
Andrew and Becky Bishop, Gloucestershire, sold a 17-month-old Limousin cross British Blue heifer at £2,400.
Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincoln, sold a Limousin cross heifer at £2,200, while Robert Hutchinson, Newark, sold Limousin cross British Blue steers to a top of £1,800.
The Ellis family, Cornwall, sold British Blue cross heifers, capping at £1,340, and the Gascoine Group, Yorkshire and Nottingham, sold 21-month-old Limousin heifers to £1,300.
The Bates family, Kent, hit a high of £1,180 with their run of Limousin cross steers.
A BUMPER entry of sheep saw more than 5,000-head forward for trading. Total entry of sheep averaged 185.11p/kg and SQQ qualifying hoggs levelled at 194.18p/kg
Prime hoggs peaked at £116/head for 63kg Texels from Phil Weaver, Caunton, with Martin Greenfield, Warwickshire, selling more Texels weighing 54kg at £111/head.
The top price per kilo was 248p/kg for 33kg Beltex crosses from A.J. Holt, Hailsham.
An improved cull ewes entry saw the top price go to Phil Weaver, Caunton, who sold Texels to £157/head. Suffolk ewes were good to sell, topping at £128/head, while Mules sold to £87/head.
British Blues: 8 bulls, £3,307.50; 2 cows and calves, £2,257.50; 6 maiden heifers, £3,780; 8 Limousin cows with Blue calves, £2,874.37.
Sheep: prime hoggs, 185.11p/kg; cull ewes, £90.20/head; cull rams, £86.22/head.
Auctioneers: Newark Livestock Sales.