An entry of just 30 bulls for the Wexham Cup bull show and sale at Beeston, saw just two fail to find new homes and a top price of 3600gns for the best from Mick and Jean Gould’s Woodmarsh herd from Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury.
Selling at this price was the winner of the Wexham Cup – a trophy that is awarded to the bull that gains the most points, not only for his inspection, but also for a combination of his ETA for weight of fat and protein, his sire’s Type Merit and dam and grand-dam’s classification.
The recipient, Woodmarsh Zindermoor, a 13-month-old bull by Cinderdoor, is bred from six generations of straight Excellent cows from the Zandra family, and sold to Messrs Dugdale and Son, North Yorkshire. His dam, by Goldwyn, boasts a lifetime production yield of 90 tonnes with fats up to 4.50%. 
Next in the price ratings at 2900gns was a red bull from A J Nash’s Whartonspool herd from Winterley, Sandbach. His bull, Whartonspool Adventure Red, a 15-month-old bull by Absolute Red, is bred from the Noel family at Sterndale, whose dam sold just two weeks previous, for £4800 through the same ring and his six-week-old sister for £2500. Backed by eight generations of VG or Excellent-classified cows, he sold with a type merit of +2.08 to EJ and RS Timmis, Staffordshire.
Aintree Zues, a strong Doorsopen son from the Zandra family with seven generations of Ex-classified cows, then made 2700gns for Richard Pilkington’s Aintree herd, from Shordley Hall, Wrexham. The buyers were Messrs Done and Hampson, Wrexham.

Averages: 28 bulls, £2019.87

Auctioneers: Wright Marshall