Ashledge Rascal tops trade at Spring Welsh Show and Sale

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n Wilodge Pegasus from Wilodge, Lodge Hill Farm, Shropshire, sold for 6,500gns.

Crowds flocked to Brecon Livestock Market from the Welsh borders and beyond to the British Limousin Cattle Society Spring Welsh Show and Sale.

A clearance rate of 100 per cent was achieved in both the Bull and Female sections.

n Ashledge Rascal from Messrs Kirton and Sons, Severn Lodge Farm, Bewdley sold for 10,000gns. They are pictured with auctioneer James Amphlett from McCartneys. :

The 17 bulls forward averaged £5,486, an increase of £1,820 on the 2019 sale, and four maiden heifers averaging £1,874, up £383.

Topping the trade and the show line was Ashledge Rascal, who rose to the top, selling for 10,000gns.

Brought forward from the Kirton family, from Bewdley, Worcestershire, this March-2020 born son of French bred Chaumeil is out of homebred cow Ashledge Nester, a daughter of the herds stock bull, Haltcliffe Iceman.

Rascal displays two sets of the F94L myostatin gene and a beef value in the top 1 per cent of the breed, 57.

Judge for the day’s proceedings was Jack Stevens, who travelled up from Wells, Somerset, where his herd of pedigree Limousin cattle are based, under the Miljak herd.

Being one of Mr Stevens’s first judging experiences, he commented: “I was honoured to be asked to judge at the Brecon sale and loved the experience.

“Ashledge Rascal, the Junior and Overall Champion, stood out in the ring amongst a strong run of cattle, and I was pleased to see he gained the top price.”

Rascal now calls Llanllyfni home with show calf breeders T & E Jones in his Trefid herd.

Regular supporters of the Brecon based sale are Peter and Michael and Rob Kirton, who run the Ashledge herd.

Rob commented: “We are delighted with today’s result and Rascal coming out on top of the show.

“He is a sweet and correct bull who has youth on his side. We wish purchaser Mr Jones all the best with him.”

Next in the stakes was Wilodge Poldark, who sold for 8200gns after being crowned Senior and Reserve Overall Champion.

Travelling from Shifnal, Shropshire, with the Wilodge herd, this November-2019 born embryo calf is a son of Whinfellpark Lomu and out of homebred cow Heaven, who bred the second top price, 25,000gns, for Wilodge Onhigh, at the herd’s sale in January this year.

Poldark displays a Beef Value within the top 10 per cent of the breed of 48 and myostatin traits of F94L and NT821.

Poldark was snapped up by E I Lewis & Son and goes to Llwch Y Carreg, Llanidloes.

Hot on their heels was Cowin Paster from WDD & C James, Carmarthen, who went under the hammer for 7000gns.

This August-2019 born son of 12,000gns Loosebeare Master is out of homebred cow Cowin Gucci, who has a pedigree packed with French breeding.

Paster gained second prize in the show and displays two sets of the F94L myostatin gene and a Beef Value within the top 10 per cent of the breed, 44.

Heading just over the border into Radnorshire, he goes to the Byton herd with S & M Edwards & Sons, Presteigne.

Going under the hammer for 6500gns was another entry from the Wilodge herd, Wilodge Pegasus.

Another Whinfellpark Lomu sired calf out of homebred cow, Wilodge Littleannie, who also bred Wilodge Joskins, who was sold for 10,000gns in 2015 at Brecon.

Pegasus was first in his class and displays a Beef Value of 42, in the top 10 per cent and myostatin traits of double F94L. Heading south, he goes with JL Ward & Son, Torrington to the Marland herd.

Next in line at 5800gns was Nealford Ross from JH Neale, who made the trip up from Launceston, Cornwall.

This February-2020 son of Loosebeare Nelson is out of homebred cow Nealford Madame, an Ampertaine Foreman daughter.

Ross was second in his class and displays two sets of F94L myostatin and a Beef Value in the top 10 per cent of the breed, 46. Spotted by CR Davies, Aberystwyth, he was secured as their new commercial stock bull.

Top price for the Killerton herd was Killerton Pagan, brought forward from PW & SM Greed, Exeter.

Achieving 5400gns, this November-2019 born son of 18,000gns Ampertaine Lawson is out of homebred cow Killerton Lanya.

Carrying two sets of the F94L myostatin gene and a Beef Value of 34, in the top 25 per cent of the breed. Pagan has a short journey home to Three Cocks, on the outskirts of Brecon with MG Jones.

Making 5200gns was Killerton Rennie, also from PW & SM Greed, Exeter.

This March-2020 born Ampertaine Lawson son is out of homebred cow Killerton Jenny, a Barrons Fjat daughter.

Rennie was tapped out as second and displays two copies of the F94L myostatin gene.

Catching the eye of M & J Labbett, Kington, he heads over the border to Herefordshire, the newest addition to the Labbett herd.

On to the female section, the top price heifer was Comer Rumourhasit, brought forward by JJ Comer, Llandovery.

Making 1900gns, this May-2020 born heifer is a daughter of Foxhillfarm Notachance, who was sold at the sale for 3800gns and out of Moonleaze Limelight.

This heifer caught the eye of R & S Evans, Fishguard going to the Saralou herd. They also took Comer Rita, who sold for 1,300gns.

Achieving 1800gns twice was Millards Peaches and Penny brought forward by Mr K Griffiths, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire.

Both sired by Teifi Jockey and out of homebred cows, Millards Joy and Hatty.

n Cowin Paster from Messrs WDD & C James, Blaencowin, Carmarthenshire. sold for 7,000gns. :

These heifers stay together, finding their new home with J Kembery, Camerton, Bath, to the Kamvalley herd.

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