J36 Crooklands Livestock Auction: Pedigree Limousin Bulls and Females at Melton Mowbray

Exceptional demand at Midlands Spring Limousin Sale

• 93% clearance in pedigrees
• 100% clearance in stores
• 6000gns top call thrice

Saturday’s inaugural Official Limousin Society Spring Limousin Sale at Melton Mowbray, the first sale run as a joint venture between North West Auctions and Melton Mowbray Market, saw an exceptional demand for all classes of stock, resulting in a 93% clearance in the pedigree stock offered and a 100% clearance of store cattle too.

Topping at 6000gns thrice, the sale was hailed a resounding success by both NWA and Melton Mowbray Market, with Paul Gentry of NWA saying it was a reflection of the quality of stock vendors put forward. “This was a great first joint venture sale with Melton Mowbray and both myself and Hugh Brown of Melton Mowbray would like to thank the Society and vendors for their support of this sale and consigning such a high standard of cattle.”

Taking the day’s first sale topping bid of 6000gns was a well travelled bull from the Quick family’s Loosebeare herd, Devon. This was Loosebeare Nibbler, a son of Ampertaine Jeronimo and out of the Aghadolgan Emperor daughter, Loosebeare Jilly. Going back to both Sympa and Wilodge Vantastic, this bull was the pick of Napper Farms, West Hagbourn, Oxfordshire.

Following at the same money was Brockhurst Nosferatu from the Mash family, Buckinghamshire. This ET bred bull is a son of the noted Wilodge Vantastic and is out of Brockhurst Bolshoi, a Grahams Samson daughter from the top breeding female Ronick Mcainsi. He is a full brother to the 24,000gns Brockhurst Howzat and sold to the Will Ketley, Toppesfield, Essex.

A pair of bulls then sold at 5500gns, with the first of these being another from the Mash family, Brockhurst Neuf, a son of Ardglasson Highlander and out of Brockhurst Hotsuff, a dam going back to the French cow Segala. He was knocked down to Lowesby Estate, Lowesby, Leicestershire.

Second at 5500gns was Hillingreave Noble from S Littlewood. Again carrying top level breeding he is by the 23,000gns Goldies Fandango and out of Tweeddale Demi, a Sympa daughter. This one found a new home with J Bottesch, Holwell, Hertfordshire.

And a trio of bulls followed them at 4500gns. First at this level was Ewdenvale Noel from S Wilde. Sired by the homebred Ewdenvale Lovejoy, he is out of a dam which goes back to Wilodge Tonka and was bought by D I Draycott and Sons, Peckleton Leicester.

Next at 4500gns was McInnes Nightrider from S Gillerd. Bred by Ashley McInnes and sired by Loosebeare Iain, he is out of a Netherhall Chancer daughter and sold to W Howe, Barwell, Leicestershire.

And the final bull at 4500gns was Hollingreave Owen from S Littlewood. This Boldventure Ian son is out of a dam by Goldies Fandango and was taken by J B Wallwin, Langar, Nottinghamshire.


Taking the day’s third 6000gns call was the best selling female of the day Frogmore Nevada from Chris White, Gloucestershire.

Sired by the 140,000gns Trueman Jagger she is out of Miscombe Gamble, an Oxygene daughter. She was well fought for, with the final bid coming from W Tomlinson, Treswell, Nottinghamshire.

A cow and calf outfit then grossed 5000gns when Messrs Lee and Lloyd sold Ampertaine Irishgirl and her heifer calf Calogale Ola, a Sarkley Moray daughter. Irishgirl herself is by Ampertaine Elgin and out of the Wilodge Cerberus daughter Ampertaine Gem. This pair sold to L J Stamper, Bromswold, Cambridgeshire.

Next best in the females was a 4200gns for Brockhurst Magnum from the Mash family. This daughter of Brockhurst Indemand is out of Brockhurst Idolise, a Netherhall Chancer daughter. She was sold in-calf for Newroddige Jetset and went home with J Lear, Aylesbury.

Another from the same home then sold at 4000gns, with this being Brockhurst Maple, a Talent daughter out of Millington Fancied, a Mas Du Clo daughter. She was offered in-calf to Brockhurst Limelight and was knocked down to Mel Lucas, Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Then at 3200gns was Brockhurst Madam. This is another Talent daughter and is out of the Netherhall Chancer daughter Fenrose Gertrude. In-calf to Newroddige Jetset, she was the pick of P A Knight, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

Close behind at 3000gns was Brockhurst Monalisa, another by Brockhurst Indemand and this time out of Brockhurst Icecream, a Brockhurst Centurion daughter. She was again sold carrying to Newroddige Jetset and was bought by the G N Pamplin, Ringstead, Northamptonshire.

At the same money was Brockhurst Melodie, a Brockhurst Inky daughter out of a dam by Hafodlas Domino. Another offered in-calf to Jetset, she found a new home with previous buyer J Lear.

Top call in the commercial cattle went to a senior bull from the Quick family, with this being the Aghadolgan Emperor son Loosebeare Mars. This three year old bull out of a Haltcliffe Anzac daughter sold at £3675 to Napper Farms, West Hagbourn, Oxfordshire.

Store Cattle

Will Ketley then sold a strong run of stores, topping at £1620 for a British Blue cross Limousin heifer which sold to P A and G M Haworth, Radlett, Hertfordshire.

The same vendor:buyer combination as responsible for two sales at £1600 for similarly bred heifers, while R Morris, Oswestry, also paid £1600 for a Blue cross from Will Ketley, with this bid also matched by H and B A Witcomb when they bought a Limousin cross heifer from the same home.

The Geary family, Buckinghamshire, then took £1550 for a Limousin seven month cross steer, with this sale seeing Will Ketley invest some of hs earlier takings.

Selling at £1520 was another Limousin cross heifer from Will Ketley, with this one selling to C Collins, Upton Snodsbury, Worcester and at £1500 was another from the Gearys. This was Limousin cross steer which sold to B J Isaacson, Ventnor, Isle of Wight. The same vendors then sold a Limousin cross heifer at £1400 to Will Ketley.

Averages; 13 Limousin bulls £4635.15, 63 Limousin maiden heifers £1521.33, 28 Limousin in-calf heifers £2184.38, 24 Limousin cows £2261.88, one commercial bull £3675, 25 store steers £1020, 44 store heifers £1129.09 (Melton Mowbray Market with North West Auctions).


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