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Strong start for inaugural Grass Masters sale

Updated: Nov 3

Topping the Grass Masters online sale of Traditional Hereford cattle was Albany Laramie from FW Cook and son, Cambridgeshire, selling for £2,600. The supreme champion from this year’s Royal Welsh Spring Festival, this Albany Lincoln daughter sold in-calf to Willow Grange Louis and moves to Nottingham to join the Lynn family’s Hockerwood herd.

Albany Laramie sells to Hockerwood Herefords for £2,600

Leading the bull trade was Carpenters Morgan from I and H Macleod at £2,000. Taking male champion at both the Royal Three Counties Show and the Royal Welsh Spring Festival, this bull will be employed as a new herd sire for Jon Francis of Paddock Farm Butchery, Warwickshire and joins females previously bought from the Macleods.

Carpenters Morgan sells to Paddock Farm for £2,000

Sold for £1,700 was Midford Spotlight 1st with registered bull calf Midford 1 Worldwide at foot, from W Awan, Bath and purchased by R Barrow, Malmesbury. Successful on the show circuit in previous years, this cow is sired by Darmon Hickory, bred by S & N Dance.

Midford Spotlight 1st at £1,700

Another offered for sale by the MacLeod family was Turnant Gaymaid 3rd, a 2018-born cow bred by R Clare, Herefordshire sold for £1,525 with bull calf at foot to Janet Tibbenham, Brecon.

Turnant Gaymaid 3rd sells to Janet Tibbenham for £1,575

Following closely behind was two-year-old bull Aeron Leon from J Cockburn, Ceredigion, selling at £1,500. This April 2020-born bull makes a short trip to join Miss E Clarke’s Clarkedale herd, also in Ceredigion, to be a new stock bull.


The only lot on offer from Carolyn Redmayne was Gavelock Sarah, another daughter of Albany Lincoln. This yearling heifer joins the sale leader and travels to Hockerwood herd, Nottingham at £1,500. Also joining the Lynn’s herd was Albany Lumen, the first lot in the ring with the virtual hammer falling at £1,475. Lumen is sired by Gavelock Dudley, itself a son of Boresisle Lawrence, a prolific sire of many successful breeding and show cattle.


Two more from the Carpenters herd of I and H MacLeod, Malvern, Worcestershire were in-calf heifer Carpenters Curly 16th and maiden heifer Carpenters Lavender 2nd, both daughters of the renowned Shefford Monarch bred by P Carter, and both joining the newly established herd at the Courteenhall Estate, Northampton at £1,500 and £1,225 respectively.


Auctioneer: Denis Barrett

Sale managers: Agri Marketing


Averages: 7 females £1,646; 2 bulls £1,750


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