A new society female record average of £3934 was attained at the recent Hereford Cattle Society’s spring parade and sale staged at Shrewsbury, which cleared at 93%, whilst bulls cashed in at £4027 and attained a sale clearance of 91%.

Topping the sale at 7200gns was the 24-month-old bull, Barwise 1 Samson from Carolyn Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria. Forking out the cash was Martin Jenkins, Appleridge, Gloucestershire. This Moeskaer Online 1444 son has a terminal sire and self-replacing indexes in the top 1%, and lies in the top 5% for growth, eye muscle and retail beef yield. He is out of Barwise 1 Grace K2.

Another from the same home, this time the 21-month-old bull, Barwise 1 Tamerlane BN 108 – by Barwise 1 Nabucco – sold for 6200gns to G and A Speed, Carhampton, Devon.

Haven Tarzan from EL Lewis and son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire, saw the hammer fall at 6800gns to Francis Elmore of Essmore Herefords, Co Louth, Ireland. This October, 2019-born, is the first son to be offered by the 2018 National show champion, Mara President and out of Haven Louisa 65th.

Scottish breeders, George and Sophie Harvey, sold their best for 6400gns

Scottish breeders, George and Sophie Harvey, sold their best for 6400gns

George and Sophie's Harveybros 1 Thomas-The-Tank

Scottish breeders, George and Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow, sold their best for 6400gns to JL Forsey, Bridport, Dorset. The 16-month-old, Harveybros 1 Thomas-The-Tank is a son of Normanton 1 Laertes, inter-breed champion at the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh shows, and out of Harveybros 1 Crocus N5. He sits in the top 1% for retail beef yield and top 5% for gestation and calving ease daughters.

Not far behind and selling for 6200gns was John and William McMordie’s Solpoll 1 Trooper, Co Down. This 18-month-old bull is a son of the 8000gns Solpoll 1 Perfection, and now heads to Gloucestershire with HA Colburn, Crickley.

Topping the heifers at 5200gns was Glenvale 1 Polly from TG EI and EN Thorne

Topping the heifers at 5200gns was Glenvale 1 Polly from TG EI and EN Thorne

Topping the lively heifer trade was Glenvale 1 Polly from TG, EI and EN Thorne, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, at 5200gns. An April, 2019-born, this Netherhall 1 OZ Daffy M024 daughter was sold served to Vexour 1 Palmer, and was purchased by HS and I Griffiths and partners, St Davids.

Another heifer from the same home was Glenvale 1 Polly 712, which realised 4600gns. From the same female line and paternal sister she was served in January to Fisher 1 Rancher R483 and headed home in the same trailer with HS and I Griffiths and partners.

On the same money was Dendor 1 Keepsake 22 from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys. This March, 2019-born, is a daughter of Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 which stood Royal Welsh champion in 2017. The heifer sold in-calf to Dendor 1 Moonshine which was the 2018 Royal Welsh and Royal Three Counties’ champion. Taking this girl home was J Porter of Whites Herefords, Bridgewater, Somerset.

Yearling heifer, Porton House 1 Sansa from Vicky Weller, Porton, Newport, achieved 4150gns being another purchase of JL Forsey. This Moralee 1 Rosco KS R9 daughter is out of Porton House 1 Poppy.

Next in the money was April, 2020-born Coley 1 Mynte 531 from Heather Whittaker, Halifax, selling at 4100gns to W Milner, Much Wenlock, Shropshire. She is by Moeskaer Vegas 1451 and out of Bondes 1 Mynte.

In the for sale only female section, every animal sold, and trade peaked at 2350gns for the 12-month-old, Newtoncroft 1 Jolly 418 from Newtoncroft Farms, Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire. She is a sired by Maxstoke 1 Rambler, out of a home-bred Solpoll 1 Hollywood daughter, and headed home with MA Quiney and SM Spears, Moretonhampstead, Devon.  


Auctioneers: Halls.

averages: 14 show heifers, £3934; 31 bulls, £4027; seven for sale only females, £1493.