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Strong start for inaugural Grass Masters sale

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

Also selling from the Cook’s Albany herd was Albany Prettymaid 30th, another Lincoln daughter with the hammer falling at £2,200 to Louise Thompson-Ball, Yorkshire.

Albany Prettymaid 30th sells to Louise Thompson-Ball for £2,200

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

From the sme stable, Turnant Gaymaid 3rd, a 2018-born cow bred by R Clare, Herefordshire sold for £1,525 with its 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.


The final lot to sell was another from the Carpenters herd of I and H MacLeod, Malvern, Worcestershire. Maiden heifer Carpenters Lavender 2nd, a daughter of renowned Shefford Monarch bred by P Carter, joins the newly established herd at the Courteenhall Estate, Northampton, at £1,225.


Auctioneer: Denis Barrett

Sale managers: Agri Marketing


Averages: 6 females, £1,754; 2 bulls, £1,750


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