Worcester Sale


The Society was pleased to renew its association with McCartneys for its spring sale at Worcester market on 23rd May after a break of two years.  A good entry of all classes of stock was forward, although a few more buyers would have helped the trade a little.

The show was judged by Mr. Robert Adams form Derbyshire, who is a member of the Society’s Council and no stranger to the show circuit himself.  First into the ring were senior heifers in calf or with calf at foot, and the honours went to Sir Martin Arbib’s in calf heifer Howemill Blue Sky.  Sired by the homebred bull Howemill See the Sky she is in calf to Glen Barbosa.  Howemill also scooped the second prize in this class with a half sister to Blue Sky, Howemill Royal Blue.  Also sired by See the Sky she went on to top the sale at 2,000 guineas.  Third prize went to Yvonne Hopkins’ Whitepool Northern Star daughter Delhorn Flora.

A much bigger class of bulling heifers presented the judge with a challenge, and this class was dominated by Dave and Deborah Powell’s Shelsleys herd, with Shelsleys Francesca coming in at first place.  She was bred out of a Faulston cow by Southfield Superstar.  Second place went to Shelsleys Fleur, also by Southfield Superstar out of an Elms Hill cow.  In third place was Howemill Philomena, bred by another homebred bull Howemill Puzzler out of a Downholland cow.  Fourth was Robert Helliwell’s heifer Edale Quip, sired by Whitlaw Ronaldo out of a homebred cow.

On to the bulls, and a very good selection saw the Powell’s triumph again, with their homebred four year old Shelsleys Digger taking the honours.  He was sired by Southfield Superstar out of an Askerton cow.  Second place was taken by Turlough O’Conor’s thirteen month old Saltway Rebel, a Southfield Double O Seven son out of a Ballylough cow.  Third placed bull was Messrs. Laseby’s homebred two year old Laseby Travis.

The Championship was dominated by the Shelsley herd, with their first prize bull Shelsleys Digger taking the honours and first prize bulling heifer Shelsleys Francesca coming in as reserve.  Well done to the Powells for an excellent show, a fitting reward for the top class breeding cattle they are now selling from their Worcestershire herd.

Not content with dominating the breeding classes, the Powells also won the new award for the best store cattle.  Dave and Deborah had very kindly donated a striking trophy for this section, which will now grace their own home.

The sale began with senior heifers, in calf or with calf at foot.  The highlight here was the sale-topping bid of 2,000 guineas paid by Newtoncroft Farms of Leicestershire for Sir Martin Arbib’s second prize heifer Howemill Royal Blue.  In the bulling heifer class a mixed trade saw Mr. A. Heron of West Yorkshire pay 1,380 guineas twice for two Shelsleys heifers, the second prize Shelsleys Fleur and the fifth prize Shelsleys Francine.  Both were sired by Southfield Superstar.  Top price of 1,500 guineas in the bulling heifer class, however, was paid by the judge, Robert Adams, for the reserve champion Shelsleys Francesca.  Cows in calf or with calf at foot were harder to sell, and the top price here was 760 guineas paid by Mr. K. Hallet of Worcestershire for Jim Frame’s ten year old Kizwiz Sian with her heifer calf at foot.  Bulls also struggled, and of the four animals forward only two were sold.  Shelsleys Errol, a four year old stock bull sold by Messrs. Stafford and bred by the Powells, topped the class at 760 guineas.  The show champion was not sold.

Full prices (in guineas):-

No. Sold Top (gns.) Average (gns.)
Senior heifers 13 21 2,250
Junior heifers 19 8 1,700
Cows 7 3 2,950
Bulls 4 7 3,800

Worcester Sale Photos