Breaking the European record for a horned Hereford female, Auckvale Curly 1831S from W and R Kemp and sons led a tremendous trade at the fifth Designer Genes sale. After a heated bidding war between online and phone bidders, the heifer knocked down to Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland for 10,000gns. The 23 month old horned heifer is sired by Auckvale King-Maker 1265K and bred from the renowned Curly cow family, and was sold in-calf to Ervie Classic S30.
This year’s sale was conducted in an online-only format and saw a total of 13 lots sell to average £6,308.08, clearing at 87 per cent. The female trade averaged at £6,214.09 and is a UK and European Hereford record.
Leading the poll female trade was 15 month old Moorside 1 Jane 16th from G and MC Shepherd, Woodplumpton, Lancashire which met a top call of 8,000gns to Linda Mooney, Lancashire, and is the first daughter of the 13,000gns Coley 1 Pilot to sell at auction.
A pick of the herd lot from Halifax-based Heather Whittaker’s Coley Herefords also reached 8,000gns, and sold to George Morgan, Abergele, Conwy. The successful purchaser was offered the chance to pick any animal in the herd’s full ownership, including donor cows, herd bulls, embryo calves and embryo pregnancies.
Moralee 1 Kylie KS S10 from Tom and Di Harrison realised 6,600gns, and was knocked down to T Vasami, Ffostrasol, Ceredigion. This March 2019-born heifer is a daughter of current UK Hereford sire of the year SMH King Size 87K and out of a Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider daughter.
Another entry from Heather Whittaker, 16 month heifer Coley 1 Hasimara 504, saw bids to 6,000gns, and was purchased by new breeder Emma Hodge, Duns, Berwickshire. This heifer was the first daughter born to current UK Hereford bull of the year, Romany 1 Primetime BL P62.
The Kemp family also offered March 2018-born Auckvale 1 Janet 1756R and its Dendor 1 Mutley bull calf, which sold to P Martindale, Bolton, Lancashire for 5,900gns. This female is a three-quarter sister to Royal Welsh supreme champion 2019, Auckvale 1 Curly 1725R, which was purchased for 7,300gns at Designer Genes 2018 by L and L Bowen, Nelson, Glamorgan.
DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys offered October 2018-born female, Dendor 1 Greta 31st, which crosses the Irish sea to Anselm Fitzgerald, Co Westmeath after a closing bid of 5,600gns. Sired by former Royal Welsh Champion Bakgard Keno 1178 and from the famed Greta line, it sold in-calf to Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine.
At the same money was the final lot of the day, nine month old heifer calf Moorside 1 Julia 4th from G and MC Shepherd which was purchased by Ian Wilkinson, Inchture, Perthshire and is another daughter of renowned Coley 1 Pilot.
M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire consigned Rempstone 1 Curly D561, a January 2020-born daughter of Gouldingpoll 1 Double Decker, which went to Jimmy Hodge, Horndean, Berwickshire at 5,300gns. The first ever daughter of Double Decker to sell from the herd, it is also a granddaughter of Blakesley 1 Kimberley which stood female champion at the National Poll Show in 2016.
Two daughters of former sire of the year Barwise 1 Lancer from the well-known Romany herd of JRB Wilson and sons also sold in the sale. April 2019-born heifer Romany 1 Dawn BL S48 was bought for 5,000gns by A and J Taylor, West Lothian, while September 2019-born Romany 1 Ishbel BL T2 sold for 4,100gns to Bethan Hutchinson, Greatham, County Durham.
Fabb 1 Princess Sofia, a March 2019-born daughter of Danish-bred Bare Mr Youtube 4Y from DRA Fabb, Warboys, Cambridgeshire changed hands at 3,000gns and joins A and J Taylor’s purchases.
Herd sire prospect Moralee 1 Tommy Lad KR T2 from Tom and Di Harrison sold for 5,000gns to Neil Howie, Northumberland. Sired by Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider and out of a King Size daughter, Tommy Lad was the first bull to sell at Designer Genes since Coley 1 Pilot in 2018.
11 females, £6,214.09; 1 bull, £5,250, 1 pick of the herd, £8,400
Auctioneer: Jonny Dymond, Halls
Sale manager: Josh Dowbiggin, Dowbiggin Marketing