Leading mid-Wales Limousin breeder Michael Gray made a shrewd decision
when he bought back a heifer he’d originally sold.
Caergynant Alex - Supreme Champion
price at 4700gns
She was full sister to the 2004 Royal Welsh Show’s female
champion Fleethill Sal who later sold for 17,000gns.
She came home suckling an impressive bull calf who finally came
on to the market last weekend to top the British Limousin Cattle
Society’s show and sale at Brecon at 4700gns on Saturday
11th November 2006.
Auctioneers McCartneys achieved a £2100 average for 22 bulls
on a day that brought a big crowd to Brecon market for a selection
of sires from many of the region’s leading breeders.
Commented McCartneys auctioneer Clive Roads: “This sale
is now well established and breeders are confident to bring forward
some of their best bulls. Buyers continue to be selective but the
bulls with the shape and quality they increasingly demand were
Michael Gray’s sale topper, the May 2005-born Caergynant
Alex, weighed 775kg on the day and collected the championship under
judge R Jones, Montgomery, Powys. His dam, the Shire Pentagon sired
Fleethill Trish, was sold as a heifer and then bought back by the
Fleethill herd suckling Alex as a bull calf.
“Trish is full sister to Fleethill Sal who was the 2004
Royal Welsh Show’s female champion and who then went on to
sell for 17,000gns,” said Michael Gray who runs 80 pedigree
cows in his long established Fleethill herd at Llandrindod Wells.
Alex, who is by the Greensons Olympian son Maernelodge Sierra,
stayed locally with A Thomas, Knighton, Powys who will use him
on pedigree and commercial cows.
Peter Kirton of A G Kirton and Son, who run 80 pedigree cows at
Bewdley, Worcestershire, were once again among the top prices at
this fixture with progeny of the 68000gns sire Goldies Osprey.
This time it was with Ashledge Argonaut who made 3700gns.
“Osprey has done a great job for us. He’s got some
top French breeding through his sire Lascard and really stamps
his calves,” said Peter Kirton.
Argonaut, bred out of a Greenwell sire, goes to P Jones and Co,
Taking the reserve championship was Ludlow breeder A W Smith with
Bringewood Atomic. By the good producer Kype Orkney and bred out
of a cow by the popular sire Djerk, he made 3600gns to Jones Bros,
Leading breeder Aled Edwards from Llandovery achieved a best of
2500gns with the high performance ranking sire Dyfri Valiant. By
Pantin, and from a cow going back to the consistent female producer
Rake Terence, he has a high Beef Value of 31. Buyers were E and
E Thomas, Llandeilo.
Also at 2500gns was the first prize winning Deri Vogue, a bull
by a Greenwell-bred sire. Successfully shown last year by owners
Mr and Mrs T Griffiths, Llangain, Carmarthen, he goes back to his
home county with A Davies, Ffymnondrain.
Jones Bros from Lampeter took a second bull paying 2400gns for
Bailea Vinnie Jones from Brian Jones’ well known herd at
Heolsenni, Brecon. He has a Beef Value of 27 and is by the French
imported sire Ocelot.
22 bulls £2100; five cows and calves £1167
and four unserved heifers £1021.
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