Oddacres herd shines at Skipton pedigree Limousin showpiece
The renowned Oddacres pedigree herd of John and Claire Mason in Embsay was the standout performer on Craven Limousin Day, the annual Spring show and sale of pedigree bulls and females at Skipton Auction Mart.
The Masons secured the day’s leading price of 5,400gns (£5,670) with their first prize intermediate bull, Oddacres Hoggarth, a September, 2012-born son of their 10,500gns Homebyres Dixon, acquired from John Logan in Kelso, out of the home-bred Vandale daughter Oddacres Clover.
title winner found a new home in Pendle when joining regular Skipton buyer Mac
Townsend in Laneshawbridge and will go to work on the family’s commercial
cattle herd, predominantly Limousin and British Blue.
well-regarded sire, who won the best stock bull and progeny class titles in the
North East Limousin Breeders Club 2012 herd competition, has been responsible
for many high price performers from the Masons’ Oddacres Farm holding, including
a 12-month-old junior bull sold at last year’s corresponding fixture for
Dixon also sired the Masons’ first prize March, 2013-born maiden heifer,
Oddacres Ivy, which progressed to first become female champion, then overall
reserve supreme champion. Ivy, out of a home-bred Saphir-sired dam, Oddacres
Adelphi, also earned the top-priced maiden tag when selling for 2,100gns
(£2,205) to JL Marks, of Bishopton, Stockton-on-Tees.
Masons consigned a 15-strong hand, comprising nine bulls and six females,
including some top-notch maiden heifers. Three of their April, 2013-born junior
bulls were also popular at the ringside, including, at 2,550gns, their Econome
son Oddacres Ideal, out of the Ronnick Hawk daughter Harveys Atique, knocked down
to C Miller, of Hebden Bridge
other two, both second prize winners in their respective show classes, were
Oddacres Inkeeper, another Homebyres Dixon son of the Monsieur Champeval-bred
French cow Favela, which joined the Pikestone herd of Carl and Julia Stephenson
of Woodland, Teesdale for 2,300gns after being seen by the purchasers on a
previous herd visit, along with a further Econome son, Oddacres Insiginia, for
1,800gns to G Pickersgill, of Hawksworth, Guiseley.
supreme champion was the first prize senior bull and male champion from County
Durham’s Cliff and Jackie Moffett, who run their Carlo’s Pride pedigree herd at
Backandsides Farm, Hummerbeck.
title winner, Carlo’s Pride Henry, a June, 2102-born son of the AI bull,
Wilodge Cerberus, who has sired bulls to 55,000gns, out of one of the herd’s
best cows, Carlo’s Pride Dancer, achieved the day’s second top price of
3,700gns (£3,885) when falling to Andrew Foster, of Markenfield Hall, Ripon. He
will be put to immediate work on his herd of 50 Limousin and British Blue
suckler commercial cows. Mr Foster also runs an industrial painting business,
UK Site Painters.
Pride Henry is already something of a bovine star, having recently appeared on
the BBC TV programme, “More Creatures Great and Small,” a series following the lives of rural vets.
Cattle breeding is a passion for the Moffetts, who run a
30-strong herd at the 54-acre holding. Mr Moffatt is a builder by trade, with
his firm Moffett & March based in nearby Bishop Auckland. He said he was
“absolutely delighted” at his first major championship success and paid tribute
to Stan and Nancy Benson, who also look after the herd.
show judge Chris Jerman, who runs the Glangwden pedigree Limousin herd in
Llandidloes, Powys – he also adjudicated at the previous day’s Northern
Limousin Extravaganza – described his chosen supreme champion as being “full of
style and hard muscle,” with the reserve supreme also praised for being “sweet
Priestley family - Steven, Ruth and son Richard - who run the former West
Yorkshire-based Brontemoor pedigree herd in Cumbria at Kirkambeck, near
Brampton, also received good support at the ringside for their quality
six-strong pen of entries. Taking the lead was Brontemoor Hawk, a 2012 son of
Elite Benn, out of the first-rate stock cow, Brontemoor Vanessa, which sold to
R Wood of Asygarth for 3,500gns.
Nottinghamshire-based Coach House herd of 2013 Craven Limousin Day supreme
champions Barry and Gill Heald, who farm with their son Matthew at Home Farm,
Grove, Retford, was again prominent at this year’s renewal with the second
prize senior bull and reserve male champion, Coachhouse Horatio, a strong 2012
son of Overthwaite Crackerjack, out of Coachhouse Chanel, who joined RO Gilson
in Spennymoor, Co Durham, for 3,500gns.
certainly lived up to his name, having bred bulls to 12,000gns and heifers to
8,500gns. The Healds share the sire with Welsh breeder Brian Jones.
They also stepped
forward with a nice crop of 2013-born maiden heifers, which took second and
third prizes in their show class, both finding favour with R Barnard of High
Ackworth, near Pontefract, who secured a notable high when paying 2,000gns for
the runner-up, Coachhouse Iviola, a Coachhouse Eebygum-sired daughter of the
Haltcliffe Picasso cow Coachouse Tivoli. Mr Barnard also paid 1,800gns for the
third prize winner, another Eebygum daughter, out of Coachhouse Virgil, again
by Haltcliffe Picasso.
performer was Gallaber Handsome, a two-year-old senior bull from Ian and Glen
Sedgwick, whose pedigree herd of the same name is based at Burton-in-Lonsdale.
Handsome, a full brother to Freddie, sold for 4,800gns at Skipton’s 2012 sale,
is a son of Melbreak Chariot, out of the Ronick Parachute daughter, Gallaber
Umist. He was selected by farm manager Jonathan Coates
for the suckler herd at Bank House Farm, Cowan Bridge.
holding of Nidderdale’s Chris and Caroline Prince, based at Greenhow, above
Pateley Bridge, led the junior bulls on price when their red rosette-winning
March, 2013-born Toftgate Ivan, by the AI sire Millbrook Dartangan, out of the
home-bred Toftgate Fan, sold to Grantley’s Colin Nelson for 2,850gns.
The Princes were
also responsible for another third prize junior bull, the April, 2013-born
Homebyres Cutler son Tofttgate Icarus, which sold for 1,650gns to John
Shorrock, of Cliviger, Burnley.
Cows and calves
also met a good trade, with the Millerscotenook herd reduction on behalf of
Rossendale’s J Miller causing significant
interest. Leading the way on price at 3,200gns was the 2009 Mas du Clo daughter
Millerscotenook Endora, sold with a smart February-born bull calf by Fieldson
Alfy. The buyer was Craven Cattle Marts’ West Yorkshire fieldsperson Janet
Sheard, who runs Low Common Farm Pedigree Limousins in Almondbury, Huddersfield.
The High Birks herd
of Philip Summers Agriculture in Clayton, Bradford, presented the first prize
in-calf cow, the 2007-born Temeside Unicorn daughter, Temeside Confettim, who
sold carrying a calf by High Birks Herbert for 1,100gns to S Greenwood, of
Terry and Elaine Priestley’s Prietec herd in Mewith,
Bentham, made a clean sweep of the prizes in the senior maiden heifers show
class, all by the Cumbrian-bred sire Norman David. The red rosette winner,
Prietec Hotchocolate, out of Prietec Cindy – a real home favourite regularly
shown by the couple’s daughter Mya, 15, who attends Settle College – sold for
1,400gns to JP Barnes, of Sawley, Clitheroe, while
the second and third prize winners each made 1,450gns on joining the same
buyers, Stephen Pickard and his daughter Melissa, of Bolton-by-Bowland.
Also selling well
at 2,500gns was the third prize intermediate bull, the December, 2012-born
Copperhurst Highway, from A Howarth, of Whitefield, Manchester. The son of
Carmorn Dauphin, out of the home-bred Copperhurst Fawn, joined D Robinson in
remaining red rosette winner, Cheadlewood Independence, a junior bull from the
Cheshire-based Cheadle herd of Craig Schofield, returned home and will no doubt
get another chance in the sale ring.
Limousin Day continues to be Skipton Auction Mart’s premier breed highlight of
the year, drawing in a wide audience, with year-on-year improvement in quality
ensuring choice for premium beef produces and dairymen.
64-strong entry sold to the following top prices and averages: Senior bulls to
3,500gns (av £3,080), intermediate bulls to 5,400gns (£3,105, junior bulls to
2,850gns (£2,342), senior maidens to 1,450gns (£1,318), junior maidens to
2,100gns (£1,632), cows in-calf to 1,100gns, cows with bull calves to 3,200gns
The fixture - full results and prices are
posted at www.ccmauctions.com - was
again supported by North East Limousin Breeders Club and sponsored by JACS Trade &
DIY, of Skipton, and NSF Agriculture.