Panmure pulls the bids at Hereford autumn show and sale


Pedigree Hereford Cattle, Autumn show and sale

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Panmure pulls the bids at Hereford autumn show and sale

Leading the trade at the Hereford Cattle Society’s autumn show and sale at Hereford market was the Panmure herd of JM Cant and partners, Arbirlot, Angus headed by Audrey Anderson. Not only did the Panmure bulls see the highest bids, but many of the day’s top prices carried breeding from the Scottish breeders, particularly on the paternal side.

Panmure 1 Radley lead the way, topping the trade at 5,800gns, going home with B Walters and sons, Dryslwyn, Carmarthen. It is out of one of the herd’s best breeding cows, Panmure 1 Plum H12, a Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53 daughter and by Dendor 1 Leota. This 21 month bull has 400 and 600 day weights in the top 1 per cent of the breed and milk and eye muscle figures in the top 10 per cent.

Not far behind was 19 month Panmure 1 Rocky which changed hands at 5,500gns to R Hobbs of the Kea herd and travels south to Truro, Cornwall. A full brother to the well-known Panmure 1 Nugget and Panmure 1 Henry, it is the last bull of its breeding to be offered for sale by the breeders and holds an eye muscle figure in the top 5 per cent of the breed.

The grand male champion, Glengough 1 Vinnie from Ian Markham, Castlethorpe, Milton Keynes was next in the money and exited the ring to a call of 3,200gns, made by Dai Walters of the newly established Whisper herd, based in Bassaleg, Newport. By the Cornish-bred Kea 1 Maestro which was bought at 18 months old at the 2016 autumn autumn show and sale from Andrew Hughes, Halifax, Yorkshire. It is out of Blakesley 1 Holly which was purchased from Ann Riley, Towcester, Northamptonshire as a heifer and having never won a title at Hereford before, the breeder describes the bull as the best he has ever bred.

Tapped out as senior male champion that morning, the hammer went down for Vexour 1 Percy from Jan Boomaars, Woldingham, Surrey at 3,100gns to Barry Myers, Brook, Surrey. By Solpoll 1 Landmark, a Panmure 1 Henry son, and out of a home-bred daughter of the well-known Australian bull Wirruna Daffy D1, this two year old male qualifies as a superior carcase sire.

Rockness 1 Monster from W and P Eccles, Trannent, East Lothian realised 3,000gns with a final bid from W Hamilton, and heads back up country to Gordon, Berwickshire. This dark coloured 23 month bull had been running with cows this summer and is a son of Milovaig 1 Jaguar, while out of Rockness 1 Matilda KH1, the 2018 Royal Highland senior female champion.

Coley 1 Ronaldo, the only bull forward from Heather Whittaker, Halifax, Yorkshire sold to Tom Pearson, Hampton Bishop, Herefordshire for 2,600gns to use in his pedigree Limousin herd. Full of Danish blood, this May 2018 born bull is by Rosenkaer Messi 410M and out of Bondes 1 Sundance.

At the same money was Hollybush 1 Scotty from Greg and Ruth Watkins, Little Hereford, Shropshire. The youngest bull on offer at 13 months of age, and reserve grand male champion, it is by another Panmure 1 Henry son, Solpoll 1 Mustang, which the family purchased from the Co Down-based McMordie family in a private telephone deal. The Watkins family described the Northern Irish bull as the best they have ever owned.

Given the current climate in the beef industry, the show heifer section saw a reassuring clearance of 90 per cent. Topping the female trade was Rempstone 1 Pansy N513 from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire which sold for 4,200gns to Carol Prater, Cublington, Buckinghamshire. It is the first heifer bred by Solpoll 1 Nobility, another sire by Panmure 1 Henry son, to be sold in public auction. Its dam, Rempstone 1 Pansy is also by a Panmure sire.

Carolyn Fletcher, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria gained 3,500gns for Barwise 1 Anise R025, a March 2018 born heifer, by Danish-bred Moeskaer Patriach 1458 and from a good, milky female line. Selling to CP Douglas and partners, Hawick, Roxburghshire, it was served with Gouldingpoll 1 Gold Spice semen in August.

From the same stable at Barwise Hall was Barwise 1 Anya R030 which sold for 3,000gns to W Milner, Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Also served to Gold Spice, it is again sired by Moeskaer Patriach 1458 while the dam’s sire is Barwise 1 Wellington, a previous UK Hereford sire of the year.

The grand female champion Cleland 1 Oyster Gem 48th from AE Nesbitt Farms, Hungerford, Berkshire was knocked down at 2,700gns to join Dai Walters’ purchases. By two home-bred parents, it was born in March 2018.

The first animal through the ring, Kilvrough 1 Juliet 2nd from Elizabeth Radcliffe sold to LG Vasami, Ffostrasol, Ceredigion at 2,500gns and is a heifer which had its own share of show successes this summer.

Three show heifers sold at 2,400gns. Lowesmoor 1 Kinella 1163 from Michael Clark, Cherington, Gloucestershire was purchased by H Haddock, Longdon, Gloucestershire and Cleland 1 Juliet 16th from AE Nesbitt Farms made the same money, and travels across the water to Alan Shaw, Dungannon, Co Tyrone to join the Benburb herd. Barwise 1 Anise R018 from Carolyn Fletcher joins Dai Walters’ herd and travels to Bassaleg, Newport.

The sale only heifers cleared at 94 per cent, topping at 2,150gns for Kinglee 1 Oystergirl 594 from Peter Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire and is by Panmure 1 Karl which has produced the breeder a collection of show winners and champions in recent years. This heifer was purchased by G and A Williams, Llandovery, Carmarthenshire.

Blakesley 1 Krystal from Ian Markham generated 1,700gns, going to SA Maybery, Aberdulais, Glamorganshire. Andrew Thomas, Crossways, Glamorganshire had a good run of females entered which saw bids to 1,450gns for New Breach 1 Mandy 342, born in May 2017.

Averages: 17 show heifers, £2,396.47; 17 bulls, £2,890.59; 13 sale only heifers, £1,425.58