Next week’s Limousin day sale at Newark is set to be one of the best the market has held yet, with plenty of top drawer Limousin genetics on offer to tempt both commercial and pedigree buyers.
In the bulls the first one likely to draw a bit of attention is the aged sire Brockhurst Columbus (lot 3) from Doug Mash. This May 2007-born son of Brockhurst Venture is out of Brockhurst Rouge, a Bailea Joplin daughter and stood junior champion at the Royal Show in 2008 and reserve overall champion in 2009. He could be a likely addition to a herd looking for a proven sire.
Then one to watch could be Bailea Figaro (lot 11) from Brian and Matthew Jones. Sired by their successful French sire Salomon he is out of Bailea Saucy, a Martinet daughter and goes back to Gigolo on his dam’s side. He comes with a beef value of +21.
Worthy of a mention also is Fewacres Fronk (lot 13), a Fewacres Atomic son out of Threaphurst Crystal, herself a Cannon daughter. This one has a back pedigree jam packed with some of the breed’s greats including Mas Du Clo, Cannon, Gaulois and Talent.
The next bull in the catalogue to catch our eye is Lowgate Finley, a Maraiscote Cyclone son out of Lowgate Cassie, a dam with Nouvelle Prospect and Goldies Oswald in her dam line and also going back to Newsham Eclaire, grand dam of Wilodge Tonka. He has a beef value of +28.
After that it’s one from Brian Baker which is looking like a decent prospect, in the form of Wealden Fortress (lot 20). Sired by Procters Borrins, he is out of Wealden Ursa a Nestor daughter and is highly thought of by those who have seen him.
Another from the Jones family may be worthy of a look in the form of Bailea Freelance (lot 23). This Salomon son is out of Bailea Otoe, a Greensons Gigolo daughter, so combines some of the best lines at Bailea.
Doug Mash has another bull which is full of breeding too, this being Brockhurst Festival (lot 25), a son of the aforementioned Brockhurst Columbus out of Brockhurst Batik the 2008 Royal Highland champion which sold for 22,000gns last year.
Then a few lots later comes Millington Fargo (lot 27), a fully French bred bull being by Objat and out of Nina, a Genial daughter out of leading French cow Juliette. He was a show winner last year and should bring some muscle being by Objat.
An ET-bred bull from Paul Dawes is next on the list and this is Dinmore Formula (lot 33), a Procters Commander son out of the Cannon daughter Aghadowey Alix. He has a beef value of +30 and has the 100,000gns Haltcliffe Vermount as a grandsire.
Anthony Sayer then has a one to watch too in the form of Cresswell Fonslo (lot 35), a Vantastic son out of Derosa Viva, a Derosa Sergio daughter. This one was male champion at Cheshire Show last year and stood second to the 120,000gns Dolcorsllwyn Fabio in the West Midlands and North Wales herd competition homebred junior bull class last year.
The final pick among the bulls is Cowin Fflam (lot 42) from the James family. This Univers son is out of Preselihill Rose, a Normande Jack daughter and dam of 11,000gns Cowin Benboyr. He comes with a beef value of +23.
A whopping entry of pedigree females has made doing a preview for this a bit tricky, so this really is an “edited highlights” version of a preview.
The Sympa fans out there might want to take a look at Bassingfield Eleanor (lot 53) from John Crofts. She is out of Exmoor Tango, an Exmoor Prince daughter and is sold having run with 10,000gns Wilodge Easyrider.
A strong run from the Pitcher family’s Cockleshell herd is also worthy of a mention, but picking stars from these is a tough job, there is some strong breeding behind them all and no doubt a good many of them would benefit many herds.
The next worthy of a mention is another daughter of one of the breed’s most sought after sires, Greensons Gigolo. This is Mayfields Beti (lot 76), a 2006-born cow out of Mayfields Toni, a cow which goes back to Haltcliffe Flashman. She sells having been served by Marlepark Elite and likely to calve before sale day.
After that comes a full sister to one of the last decades more successful show cows, Millington Tangerine in the shape of Millington Delphinium (lot 79). She is of course by Woodhouse Prince and out of Newsham Lemon, a Normande Ecosse daughter. She sells in calf to Netherhall Domino.
And a few lots later comes an Irish first calver which might be worth a look – Cloonagh Delicous, a Milbrook Tanko daughter out of Marlhill Rebecca, an Ibis daughter, originally bred by Garrett Behan. She was second prize at Roscommon when bought and sells with a Fieldson Alfy granddaughter at foot.
After that comes the draft from the Brockhurst herd of Doug Mash and once again, as with the Cockleshell females picking noteworthy lots here would be doing an injustice to the rest of the draft. Suffice to say there are some good packages on offer all of which could do well in many herds.
With such a big female entry picking a select few to mention has been a tough task, but the final pick of this preview is the first Limousin female to be offered from Pasturefields Livestock. Pasturefields Gorgeousgirl. This Bolide daughter is out of Lawf Charlotte, a Grahams Rocksolid daughter. Bearing in mind the Birch family’s reputation in the Simmental and British Blue breeds this one will be interesting to see.
There’s some decent semen on offer later in the sale too, with one vendor looking to capitalise on the demand for Wilodge Vantastic semen and offering eight straws in two batches of four.
Also on offer is Mas Du Clo, Neuf and Attirant semen, all of which will doubtless draw some interest.