N.I. Breeder's top Hereford Spring Show & Sale
Bulls sell over 10,000 gns twice - at Hereford Spring Show & Sale
It was Northern Ireland Hereford Breeders, John, William & Andrew McMordie, Ballygowan, Co. Down, who dominated this week’s Hereford Cattle Society Spring Sale held at Hereford Livestock Market.
It was the father and son partnership of John & William McMordie who topped the Sale with their 22 month old bull, Solpoll 1 KitKat (pictured right) by Panmure 1 Henry weighing 860 kgs. selling for 10,800 gns. to A.E. Nesbitt Farms Ltd., Cleland Herefords, Hungerford, Berkshire. “KitKat” a Superior Carcase Sire with EBVs for Eye Muscle Area & Retail Beef Yield in the top 1% for the Breed and Index Values in the top 10%.
Following closely was their 23 month old Solpoll 1 Karate Kid (pictured left) also by “Henry” weighing 935 kgs. and selling for 10,500 gns. to Oyston Estates Ltd., Lytham, Lancashire.
A half-brother to “Karate Kid” sold for export to Spain and another was the Reserve Champion at the 2012 Society Sale.
A third son of “Henry” the Reserve Male Champion, 19 month old Solpoll 1 Landmark, (pictured below right) weighing 785 kgs. sold for 8,200 gns. to Jan Boomaars, Vexour Herefords, Woldingham, Surry. “Landmark” is another Superior Carcase Sire with extremely impressive performance figures.
One of the youngest bulls in the Sale, 13 month old Solpoll 1 Lamborghini by RLOA R271 Dynasty 37U weighing 640 kgs. sold for 4,800 gns. to L. Parry-Jones, Tymawr Herefords, Llangwyllog, Anglesey. “Lamborghini” is a full brother to the popular Genus bull, Solpoll 1 Ferrari.
The Grand Male Champion bred by P.J. & A.C. Allman, Sutton St. Nicholas, Herefordshire, 15 month old Greenyards 1 Legend (pictured below) by Greenyards 1 Henry weighing 695 kgs. sold for 4,500 gns. to M. & M. Roberts, Bromley Herefords, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire.
A&P Massey, Bury, Lancashire, sold their 23 month old, Hollyvale 1 Knight by Barbern 1 Horatio for 5,200 gns. “Knight” weighing 930 kgs. was purchased by Atkin Brothers, Barrow-on-Trent, Derbyshire.
Also down from Lancashire, G. & M.C. Shepherd, Woodplumpton, Preston, sold their 18 month old Moorside 1 Living-the-Dream by Injemira Advance Z080 and weighing 815 kgs. for 5,200 gns. to R. Archer, Ashbourne, Derbyshire.
West Sussex Breeder, W.J. Hutchings & Sons of Chichester, sold their 22 month old Fisher 1 Klondike by Fisher 1 Cracker weighing 815 kgs. for 4,800 gns. to Fir Farm Ltd., Firbosa Herefords, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.
The youngest bull in the Sale 12 month old Dendor 1 Ledley by Solpoll 1 Gilbert weighing 625 kgs. and exhibited by D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Newtown, Powys, sold for 4,000 gns. to fellow Welsh breeders, T.G. & E.I. Thorne, Glenvale Herefords, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.
The 23 bulls sold, representing a 70% clearance of those offered, averaged £4,286.75 to total £98,595.00.
In the Show Female Section it was again the McMordie family who led the way, this time with Andrew McMordie of Ballygowan, Co. Down, selling his 17 month old heifer, Solitude 1 Helen L485 (pictured right) by Panmure 1 Henry for 5,200 gns. to W. & P. Eccles, Rockness Herefords, Tranent, East Lothian.
Following on from their success in the bull section, the father and son partnership of John & William McMordie saw their Reserve Female Champion, 25 month old incalf heifer, Solpoll 1 Stardust K20 by Panmure 1 Henry, sell for 4,200 gns. to newcomers to the Breed, Murton Grange, based near Thirsk, North Yorkshire, who also purchased the 25 month old incalf heifer, Solpoll 1 Starlet K23 by Fisher 1 Charlie for 3,900 gns. and 17 month old maiden heifer, Solpoll 1 Amber L8 by the Danish bull, Moeskaer Keno 1222 for 3,800 gns.
The Female Champion, 19 month old Dendor 1 Anna Mary 21st (pictured below left) by Solpoll 1 Gilbert, bred & exhibited by D.E., E.D. & A.L. Jones, Newtown, Powys sold for 4,200 gns. to new Breeders, J.S. & A.E. Radcliffe, Swansea, Glamorgan.
Messrs. L.R. & A.M. Ayre, South Molton, Devon sold two 14 month old daughters of Dorepoll 1 L499 High Society – Frenchstone P. 1 Etia and Ellen – for 3,900 gns. and 3,700 gns. respectively, both purchased by Murton Grange, North Yorkshire.
W.J. Hutchings & Sons, Chichester, Sussex sold a 14 month old heifer, Fisher 1 Susan L390 by Fisher 1 Cracker for 3,500 gns. to G. Thomas. Church View Herefords, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire and 13 month old Fisher 1 Orange L394 by the Danish bull, Bondes i Hubert, to Wiltshire College, Lackham Park Herefords, Trowbridge, Wiltshire for 3,000 gns.
All 17 Show Heifers sold for £54,390.00 to average £3,199.41 (a 100% clearance).
In the Females For Sale Only section the cows with calves at foot topped at 4,000 gns. for the 3 year old Greenyards 1 Duchess J217, along with her 8 week old heifer calf bred & exhibited by P.J. & A.C. Allman, Sutton St. Nicholas, Herefordshire. The pair was purchased by B. & M. Chilman, Kinsham Herefords, Presteigne, Powys.
From the same home a second cow and calf, 3 year old Greenyards 1 Duchess J218 with her 6 week old bull calf sold for 3,000 gns. to G.E. & S.E. Jackson, Marshland Herefords, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
4 Cows Incalf or with Calf sold to average £2,625.00.
Top price incalf heifer, 2 year old Classic 1 Alexis by Solpoll 1 Ferrari sold by R. Edwards, Dunsfold, Surrey, for 2,800 gns. to R.J. Verdin, Garnstone Herefords, Weobley, Herefordshire.
Fir Farm Ltd., Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire sold 2 year old Bosa 1 Eva 964 by Eldersfield 1 Cohen for 2,750 gns. to M. Whieldon, Clares Herefords, Gnosall, Staffordshire.
M. Jenkins, Berkeley, Gloucestershire sold the 23 month old Appleridge 1 Curly 234 by Romany 1 Galaxy A84 G5 for 2,600 gns. to G. Thomas, Church View Herefords, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.
T.D. & W.T. Livesey, Normanton-le-Heath, Leicestershire sold the 2 year old twins, Normanton 1 Baby Button 1st K1035 and Baby Button 2nd K1035 by the prize-winning Normanton 1 Eastern Promise for 2,500 gns. each to Murton Grange, North Yorkshire.
17 Incalf Heifers sold to average £2,056.76.
The young Maiden Heifers offered sold to a top of 1,900 gns. twice, both bred by P.J. & A.C. Allman, Sutton St. Nicholas, Herefordshire at 17 months of age – Greenyards 1 Lottie L276 by the Australian bull, Redgate Redford, was purchased by Mrs. J.A. Pudge, Black Hall Herefords, Kings Pyon, Herefordshire and Greenyards 1 Lassie L286 purchased by N. & L. Holdsworth, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.
15 Maiden Heifers sold to average £1,554.00.
Overall the 36 For Sale Only Females sold for £68,775.00 to average £1,910.42.
When combining the total number sold with the Show Heifers, the Female Section realised a 95% clearance of all offered.
Breed Secretary, David Prothero, commenting after the Sale said “the demand for the top quality bulls and the excellent clearance of the females were further signs of the Breed’s resurgence in the commercial marketplace, supported by recent figures released by BCMS which showed of all the Breeds recorded with them last year, it was the Hereford that had the highest increase – up by very nearly 12% on the previous year”.
Auctioneers – Brightwells, Leominster