Monday 20 January 2020


Senior cows led the dispersal sale of Greenyards pedigree Herefords on behalf of Phil and Alison Allman, Herefordshire, with bids peaking at 10,200gns for five year old cow Greenyards 1 Truelove M314.

This large framed third calver was bought in a shared deal between Sky High Herefords of Boomer Birch and Graeme Brindley, and Nick Griffiths of Grifford Herefords, both based in Staffordshire.

By Greenyards 1 Henry, which has been a prevalent sire in the herd, it is out of Greenyards 1 Truelove H169, which was sired by the Canadian bull CCR 57G Stamina. It was a successful show heifer, having taken the reserve supreme and reserve grand female titles at the 2016 Royal Bath and West Show and sold seven months in-calf to Greenyards 1 Poldark.

Greenyards 1 Truelove M314 sold for 10,200gns

At seven years old, and having had four calves, Greenyards 1 Hannah L272 sold at 5,700gns to Carmarthenshire-based international rugby referee Nigel Owens who has recently started his own pedigree herd under the Mairwen prefix. By Greenyards 1 Flynn, this female is a paternal granddaughter of Greenyards 1 Archie which stood breed champion at the Royal Welsh, Great Yorkshire and Royal Show in 2006 and again at Stoneleigh in 2008. The cow was offered while two months in-calf to Greenyards 1 Legend.

The gavel went down at 5,500gns for the in-calf Greenyards 1 Jubilee L294, sold to an undisclosed buyer. Born in January 2014, this female was champion heifer at the Hereford Cattle Breeders’ Association Christmas calf show in 2014. The cow is out of Broatch 1 Jubilee, bred by John Clifford, Malvern, Worcestershire, and was one of the foundation females when the Allmans established the herd while previously farming in Dunblane, Perthshire in 2003.

At 12 years old, Greenyards 1 Echo 3rd was the first lot through the ring. It was purchased to a bid of 4,000gns and travels to Denmark with Anders Mortensen, Woodlands Herefords. By twice Royal Show champion Greenyards 1 Archie, this female is out of Dendor 1 Echo 6th and is a full sister to Greenyards 1 Lotty which was Hereford female of the year in 2010. It was another sold in-calf to Greenyards 1 Legend.

Nigel Owens also purchased the November 2015-born Greenyards 1 Hannah N369 for 3,700gns, which scanned in-calf to Greenyards 1 Legend. By Greenyards 1 Lamb, a son of the Australian sire Redgate Redford D935, it is out of another home-bred Hannah cow.

A call of 3,400gns secured Greenyards 1 Jubilee N385 by JR Williams, South Molton, Devon, who runs the Culverhill herd. This female is another out of Broatch 1 Jubilee, which is a daughter of the well-known Australian bull Doonbiddie Hustler. Going home with the same buyer was Greenyards 1 Mary-Irene N383 at 3,200gns. Four years old, it is another Greenyards 1 Henry daughter and is out of a home-bred Ford Abbey 1 Dartania daughter.

Well-known breeders EL Lewis and son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire purchased maiden heifer Greenyards 1 Truelove S481, daughter of the top price, for 3,000gns. By Greenyards 1 Nigel, it is from four home-bred grandparents.

Not far behind was Greenyards 1 Truelove S519, a granddaughter of the day’s top price, which sold at 2,900gns. It is by Greenyards 1 Pontiff.

Stock bulls peaked at 2,000gns for Greenyards 1 Poldark. By Greenyards 1 Henry, which is also by a home-bred bull, it is out of Greenyards 1 Mary-Irene J206. Greenyards 1 Rascal, a 23 month old bull stayed in the county selling to T Brooke, Docklow, Herefordshire. It is out of Greenyards 1 Hannah N369, which made 3,700gns earlier in the sale.

Young bulls saw a consistent trade with the section topping at 1,550gns on two occassions. At 12 months old, Greenyards 1 Shadow firstly sold to TJ and BM Goodwin’s Roughmoor herd, Almeley, Herefordshire and Greenyards 1 Silgo sold to Peter Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire for the same money.

Following the live lots, there was also a dispersal of the breeders’ semen and embryo store. In lots of 10 straws, 40 straws of semen of the famous Greenyards 1 Archie was sold, making £380, £420 twice and £500.

A lot of two straws of Doonbiddie Hustler, Archie’s Australian sire sold for £1,100 to WT and TD Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire. This bull was the grandsire of their 2016 bull of the year, Normanton 1 Laertes which did so well on the show circuit that year.

Embryos peaked at £450 for an American-bred Harvie Traveller cross Harvie Miss Firefly 51F mating which sold to the Preston-based Hoghton View herd of S and E Walker.

John and William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co Down bought two lots of Dendor 1 Contessa 5th cross Doonbiddie Hustler embryos at £420 and three others of the same mating at £380.

Averages: 34 cows (including cow and calf outfits), £2,749.46; 3 stock bulls, £1,820; 18 young bulls, £1,016.46; 21 maiden heifers, £1,750.

Auctioneers: Brightwells

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