25th May 2013
A record entry of 71 lots for the Society's regular fixture at Worcester presented buyers with a wide choice of pedigree stock. On the day 12 lots were not forward and of those offered for sale 52 were sold, giving a respectable clearance rate of 88%.
Prior to the sale the show was judged by Council member Clyde Coaker of the Widecombe herd. First prize in the senior heifer class went to Sir M. Arbib's in calf heifer Howe Mill Shimmer, a homebred animal by Howe Mill See the Sky. The Howe Mill herd also picked up the first prize junior heifer rosette with their Waterbeck Willow daughter Howe Mill Delight. Howe Mill Shimmer then went on to collect the female champion's rosette, concluding the female section.
A good turnout of bulls in the senior class saw the first prize go to Messrs. Booth and Bell's Crackley Marvel, a son of their well known stock bull Bigginvale Malcolm, who was himself a prize winner at the Three Counties Show in 2011. Second prize senior bull went to Messrs. Finch's renowned show winner Crossview Rufus, whose honours include the Three Counties and the Pembrokeshire shows.
The junior bull section went to Messrs. Stafford's homebred bull Kirkland Claymoor, and the Male Championship was awarded to Crackley Marvel.
On to the Overall Championship, and Mr. Coaker settled for his male champion, Crackley Marvel, as the overall winner, with the female champion, Howe Mill Shimmer, as Overall Reserve. The Society is grateful to Mr. Coaker for doing the honours and getting the day off to a good start.
The sale commenced with a large entry of cows, either in calf or with calf at foot. Top price in this section went to Sir M. Arbib for his Mochrum Kingfisher daughter Howe Mill Bluebell, with her bull calf by Whitepool Northern Light at foot. This oufit was sold to new member Mr. J. Langley for 1,300 guineas. Howe Mill also had three other cows over the 1,000 guineas mark as did Mr. J. Kerr's Leawood Elaine, sold to Mrs. Y. Hopkins for 1,230 guineas. Messrs. Stafford's Boreland James Bond daughter, Kirkland Kirsty, with her heifer calf at foot went to Messrs. Stennett of Ipswich for 1,220 guineas. Average price for cows was 860 guineas.
The in calf heifer section saw the top price of the day, with Howe Mill's reserve champion Howe Mill Shimmer going to Tangent Estates in Wiltshire for 2,050 guineas. Another Howe Mill in calf heifer, Howe Mill Salix sold well at 1,400 guineas to Mr. D. Howard for 1,400 guineas. Average for the in calf heifers was 1,095 guineas.
Bulling heifers were slightly harder to sell, and here again the Howe Mill herd dominated, with their first prize Waterbeck Willow daughter Howe Mill Delight going to Messrs. Ford in Dorset for 900 guineas. The Saltway herd of Dr. H.M. O'Conor saw their Southfield Double O Seven daughter Saltway Hulda sold to another new member, Mr. M. Bull, for 860 guineas. Bulling heifers averaged 666 guineas.
Bulls proved a liitle more difficult to sell on the day, with prices not reflecting the quality on offer. Top price of 1,900 guineas was paid by the National Trust farm at Stroud for Mrs. Y. Long's two year old homebred bull Hillfield Expo, a Southfield Double O Seven son. Following close behind was the second prize senior bull, Crossview Rufus, which went to Melsop Farm Park in Norwich for 1,800 guineas. Show champion Crackley Marvel was sold for 1,580 guineas, just above the bull class average price of 1,530 guineas.
Prices by class in guineas (2012 figures in brackets):-
Cows - 23 sold (4); top 1,300 (1,700); average 860 (1,435)
In calf heifers - 6 sold (1); top 2,050; average 1,095 (550)
Bulling heifers - 11 sold (3); top 950 (1,650); average 666 (1,333)
Bulls - 6 sold (4); top 1,900 (2,500); average 1,530 (1,780)
The Society is grateful to auctioneer Tom Greenow and the staff at McCartneys for their handling of the show and sale.