February 2015: Hackney Black Idpea sells for 7500gns in Carlisle
Our only offering in Carlisle this month was a black bull from Paul’s herd in the form of Hackney Black Idpea, a July 2013-born son of Bailea BMW. Out of the Grange Valparaiso daughter, Hackney Caress who is out of the same line as the 10,000gns Hackney Email, sold in Carlisle October 2010.
He carries a beef value of +53 ranking him in the top 1% for the breed, as well as a muscle depth figure of +8.1. He found a new home with L H Attewell and Partners, Gwent, having stood third in his class.
August 2014: Successful Carlisle sale for Hackney Beltex
The first day of the Carlisle Beltex sale saw our shearling gimmers sell to a top of 1200gns on two occasions.
First to make 1200gns was Hackney Tattoo, a Scally Wag daughter out of the Clary Kaiser Chief sired Hackney Rihanna. Tattoo is a full sister to the overall Beltex champion at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh Shows 2013.
Next in and making the same money was Hackney Tropical. This Ryder Rooney sired gimmer is out of Hackney Rock Chick, a Kaiser Chief daughter.
Selling at 1100gns was Hackney Tipsy, by Damien V/D Drie Musschen she is out of Cennen Rhianna, a Cennen Nice Try daughter.
Hackney Tapestry, a Rooney sired gimmer out of Hackney Rock Chick sold at 1050gns.
Making 1000gns was Hackney The Body, a Kingledores Scally Wag daughter. Out of Hackneey Rihanna, a Clary Kaiser Chief daughter.
Trade for our pen of lamb rams peak at 5500gns with seven lambs averaging £2400. This was for Hackney Will.I.Am, a Scooby Doo son out of the 5500gns Kingledores Sapphire, a Clary Prankster daughter. He sold in a two-way split to Messrs Dunlop and Bellfield.
Next best was his full brother Hackney Warrior who was knocked down to Matthew Burleigh.
At 3000gns was Hackney Wonga, also by Scooby Doo he is out of a home bred Fort View Pick of the Flock daughter. Alasdair MacLean purchased him for his flock on the Isle of Tiree.
Hackney ET traded at 1400gns, he is a Scooby Doo son out of a Kingledores Rockstar daughter. ET was male and overall Beltex champion at Devon County.
While at 1200gns was Hackney Whataboy, also by Scoody Doo he is out of a Prankster dam and sold to C Currie, Dumfries.
The Lyonpark The Beast son Hackney Waldo made 1000gns to Vernon Roots. His dam is Hackney Spice, a Fort View Pick of the Flock daughter.
On the Friday our shearlings sold up to 800gns for Hackney The Boss, a Kingledores Scally Wag son. He is out of Lamberhurst Leah, a Westerdale Hipster daughter that was overall Beltex champion at the Royal Welsh Show 2010.
Then at 700gns was Hackney Topgun, also by Scally Wag he is out of Hackney Rene, a Am Yer Man daughter.
July 2014: Eyecandy is top price of the day at Carlisle
Our consignment of females at Carlisle led the day’s trade at 9000gns with 13 cows averaging £6663.46. Making the top price was Wilodge Eyecandy and her calf Wilodge Icandy when they sold to Danny Sawrij, Swalesmoor. Eyecandy is by Milbrook Tanko and is out of Ravenelle, while Icandy is a Wilodge Fastrac November-born calf.
Stuart Barclay then paid 6500gns for the May 2009-born Wilodge Exotic. By Rocky, she’s out of the Tonka/Ravenelle daughter Wilodge Vavenelle and sold scanned in calf to Crossdykes Goliath.
Trade kicked off with a 6000gns bid from Smiths of Bloxham. Wilodge Crystal is by Tonka and out of the Cannon daughter Wilodge Priceless, making her full sister to the 50,000gns Cerberus. Born January 2007, she sold having been AI’d to Gerrygullinane Glen. Her calf, the Enrico sired Wilodge Ingot, sold afterwards for 2000gns to P Darlington, Minshull Vernon, Crewe.
Also making 6000gns was the June 2009-born Wilodge Eyewitness, a Ronick Gains daughter out of the noted Ravenelle. She sold scanned in calf to Glen and found a new home with Danny Sawrij.
The Smiths team then went to 5000gns for Wilodge Coblahdi and her Wilodge FM sired bull calf Wilodge Jeeves. Coblahdi is by Toubib and out of an Oxygene daughter
At 4500gns and also heading to Smiths of Bloxham was Wilodge Aravenelle, a Nouvelle Prospect daughter out of Ravenelle again. She sold with her Oxygene heifer calf at foot and in calf to Glen.
At the same money was the January 2009-born Wilodge Eyetoeye selling to Hughes Bros, Stockton on Tees. Another Ronick Gains/Ravenelle daughter, she was offered scanned in calf to Loosebeare Diego.
Then back in again was Smiths of Bloxham going to 4000gns for Hazelhead Classy (lot 59). This September 2007-born Sympa daughter is out of the Ferry daughter Hazelhead Sheila. She sold scanned in calf to Glen.
Straight after that, the Vantastic sired July 2008-born Wilodge Dixiechick, sold for 3600gns to Stuart Barclay, Insch. This one is out of the Wilodge Nowtakenout daughter Smithston Trixie. She sold with a beef value of +37 and AIâ€d to Glen again. Her bull calf, Wilodge Ifive followed at 4000gns to Messrs Miller, Allerby, Wigton. This one is by Bial.
The August 2007-born Vivaldi daughter, Wilodge Caream sold for 3200gns to P Darlington, Minshull Vernon, Crewe. Out of the Oxygene daughter Wilodge Udream, who goes back to one of the foundation females Hartside Dream, she sold having been AIâ€d to Goldies Comet. Her calf, the Branceille sired Wilodge Inspector, followed at the same money to Adam Watson, Sanders Close.
Wilodge Fusion traded at 3900gns to Hughes Brothers, Stockton on Tees. Born September 2010, this one is a Cerberus daughter out of the Nouvelle Prospect daughter Wilodge Cophia. Sheâ€s been scanned in calf to Hartlaw Excaliber.
Just shy of that figure at 3800gns was the June 2009-born Rocky daughter, Wilodge Erona. Sheâ€s out of the Tonka daughter Wilodge Berona and sold scanned in calf to Fabio. Buyer here was Messrs Atkinson, Newland, Ulverston.
We’d like to thank all bidders and purchasers for their support at the sale.
June 2014: Interbreed group of three at the Royal Three Counties
Once again at the Royal Three Counties Show our Blue Texel team lead the way, this time by taking the interbreed terminal sire progeny group of three. In the team were three full embryo siblings by Whatmore Siren.
We also took the lamb and male championship and reserve overall champion in the Beltex section with a Scooby Doo son out of the 5500gns Kingadores Sapphire who is full sister to Scally Wag. Continuing a consistent run in the group of three classes our Beltex group also picked up the red ticket.
June 2014: Clean sweep in Blue Texel championship at Devon County
Our Blue Texel show team were on form at Devon County Show with our ram lamb Hackney Xfactor standing overall champion. He is by the Royal Welsh 2013 overall champion Whatmore Siren and out of a Whatmore ewe that was purchased privately.
His full embryo sister Hackney Xtraspecial stood reserve overall champion having come through as female champion.
We also won the group of three class in the Blue Texels.
In the Beltex section we cleaned up in the male championship with our lamb by the 12,000gns imported Scooby Doo and out of Hackney Star. Reserve to him was a Kingadores Scally Wag son out of Lamberhurst Leah who was Royal Welsh Show champion 2010.
Our Beltex group of three also stood top of the line.
May 2014: Wilodge HRH sells for 12,000gns in Carlisle
Having stood first in his class, we were delighted to see Wilodge HRH go on to sell for 12,000gns to Cornwall based P R and M A Hooper. Born November 2012 and carrying a beef value of +41, HRH is by Hartlaw Excaliber and is out of the herd’s noted female Ravenelle, making HRH a three quarter brother to the noted Vantastic.
Our other bull in the pen, Wilodge HP, sold for 4000gns to J and J Wyllie, Dunfermline. HP is by Haltlciffe Underwriter and is out of the Wilodge Dakota daughter Wilodge Evette. With an EBV of +40, he ranks just shy of the top 1% for the breed. We hope both bulls go on to breed well for their purchases.
May 2013: Wilodge Gladiator sells for 5000gns at Brecon
Wilodge Gladiator was purchased by Messrs Haskell, Wareham, Dorset, for 5000gns. Messrs Haskell are repeat customer of ours, already running Wilodge and Hackney bulls within in their herd. Wilodge Gladiator is by the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerebus out of Wilodge Coblahdi, a Toubib daughter, he carries a beef value of +47.
Wilodge Gatsby sells to Holland
Having stood second in his class at Carlisle this month under judge Andrew Burnett of the Spittalton herd, Wilodge Gatsby then went on to sell for 6500gns to Andrew Ewing on behalf of Teus Dekker, owner of the renowned Cowporation in The Netherlands. This May 2011-born bull is by our senior herd sire Loosebeare Diego, a sire of both successful pedigree and commercial stock in the herd and is out of the Winnington Olis daughter Nouvelle Sophia who carries Cannon in her pedigree and goes back to Strathallan Emma.
We’d like to wish his new purchasers all the very best and look forward to hearing how his progeny performs in the future.
Wilodge secure new Irish sire for the future
We’re pleased to announce the arrival of future junior herd sire, Gerrygullinane Glen, who was purchased privately from Gerard Walsh and Anne Marie Clarke of the Gerrygullinane Limousin herd, Knockmore, Ballina, Co. Mayo.
Sired by Marchermore Augustus, a son of the highly acclaimed Ronick Hawk, he is out of the home bred dam Derrygullinane Daisy who was shown successfully as a calf with back breeding to Mas Du Clo and Generaux. This bull has five star terminal and maternal traits and also scores in the top 1% for muscle in Ireland.
Gerrygullinane Glen had a successful showing season in 2012, culminating in the Limousin and overall supreme pedigree championship at both the Ballina and Bonniconlon Agricultural Shows and was also a class winner at the All Ireland Limousin Calf Finals at Tullamore Agricultural Show where he went forward to win the reserve junior championship on that day. He was also named best young bull in the North West Limousin Club’s herd competition.
His full sister Gerrygullinane Fabulous also has had a remarkable showing career with 12 first prizes and a third place in the All – Ireland Limousin Finals in Tullamore 2011.
Commenting on the purchase Christine Williams said: “Glen was purchased off the back of being fortunate enough to judge him at Bonniconlon Show in Ireland where I was particularly impressed with his muscling, locomotion, growth for age and abundance of style and character.” Although we have used Ronick Hawk in the herd in the past with great success, this dam line presents an outcross for the Wilodge herd.”
Glen is now resident at the Shifnal base of the Wilodge herd with the intention being to collect semen from him in 2013.
Wilodge Goldcard added to Cogent sire line up
Wilodge Goldcard has been added to the Cogent Signature Beef stud.
Goldcard’s immense breed character and stunning conformation have turned heads in the Wilodge herd, while his deep and proven pedigree reveals the consistency of his breeding credentials. His sire, the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus, needs no introduction to Limousin breeders, while his dam, SarkleyBellola, is one of the Wilodge herd’s top breeding assets, having consistently produced both quality and revenue from a variety of sires.
Goldcard is built of pure muscle, but has balance and correctness, which is reinforced with a powerful and proven pedigree. These thoughts are backed by the bull’s official EBVs which show high Growth Values (at both 200 and 400 days) and an outstanding overall Beef Value of 39. Combined with a high Maternal Production Value and great Docility Index, the 2011-born Goldcard is shaping up to be an exceptional terminal sire and sire of breeding females.
Boomer Birch, beef specialist with Cogent who acquired the bull for the Cogent stud, says he was attracted by Goldcard’s “great breed character and unbelievable conformation,” which is evidently being passed on to the next generation. “With a succession of high performing and high priced ancestors in his pedigree, Goldcard can be confidently expected to continue the family tradition, by raising quality and revenue in any beef herd,” he says.
For more information regarding semen sales contact Cogent on 0800 7837258.
Wilodge Granville sells to Ronick herd in Carlisle
We’re delighted that Wilodge genetics have been sold for 7000gns in Carlisle to the Dick family’s Ronick herd. Having won his class, the June 2011-born Wilodge Granville who is by Wilodge Vantastic and out of the Toubib daughter Wilodge Amethyst who share maternal ancestry with Wilodge Cerberus. He carries a beef value of +41 and a muscle figure of +4.9.
Also at the same sale we sold the third prize Wilodge Grazer, a May 2011-born son of herd sire Loosebeare Diego out of the Neuf daughter Wilodge Chanel, who is a granddaughter of the great Ravenelle. He sold for 4000gns to B and D Beadle, Darlington, Cumbria. We’d like to wish both buyers the very best with their purchases.
Wilodge Carlisle female offering tops at 27,000gns
The Wilodge herd enjoyed an electric trade at our 2012 heifer sale, with the 14 maiden heifers sold from the herd selling to average £7155.
Leading the way was the very first lot in the ring, Wilodge Flawless who sold for 27,000gns. This ET bred daughter is Objat is out of our outstanding Vantastic daughter Wilodge Diamante and sold with a massive beef value of +55. She was bought by Nigel Matthews, Bridgenorth for the Poolehall herd.
Following her at 10,000gns was Wilodge Goldenmoment, a January 2011-born Wilodge Cerberus daughter out of Sarkley Bellola, dam of 30,000gns bull Wilodge Dallaglio. Selling with a beef value of +22 she sold to Nick Layton, Kington, Herefordshire.
A pair then sold at 8000gns, with the first being another Cerberus daughter, Wilodge Gracie. She is out of Hazelhead Annie, dam of Wilodge Fastrac, the dearest Limousin sold in the UK in 2011 and was knocked down to Matthew Jones with a beef value of +41.
The second to sell at this price was another of Nigel and Jane Matthews picks, Wilodge Goldrush. This ET bred heifer is full sister to 10,000gns heifer Goldenmoment and carries a beef value of +40.
Taking a 7000gns bid and also heading to the Poolehall herd was Wilodge Fanelle, a Glenrock Ventura daughter out of our great brood cow Ravenelle, Vantastic's dam. She has a beef value of +30.
The very next lot in the ring Wilodge Glitzy then sold at 6500gns to Nick Layton. This one is by Vantastic and out of Wilodge Amethyst, making her a full sister to Diamante, dam of the sale topper Flawless.
And selling at 6000gns was Wilodge Goldenglow, a Cerberus daughter which is full sister to our 10,000gns heifer Goldenmoment. Taking this one home were Messrs J Galbraith and Son, Linlithgow.
We wish all buyers the very best of luck with their purchases and look forward to seeing their progeny in the years to come.
Wilodge Brecon sales sees a top of 5600gns
After spirited bidding and plenty of interest from the ringside we were pleased to take a bid of 5600gns for Wilodge Flint at Brecon this month after he stood first in his class under judge Dyfan James. Buyer was Emyr Evans, Rhosgoch, Llanilar, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.
Then at 4400gns was Wilodge Fleetstreet who stood third in his class who sold to E P Parkes and Sons, New House Farm, Church Stretton, Shropshire.
Many thanks to both purchasers for their custom and we would like to wish them both all the best with their acquisitions.
Wilodge embryos sell for £3675 each in Carlisle
We were absolutely delighted with the sale of a few select choice embryos in Carlisle this month with two grade A Wilodge Tonka x Ravenelles selling for 3500gns an embryos and then another two selling for 3300gns an embryos to Keadyview Cattle Grooming, Northern Ireland. The result of this pregnancy will of course be a full sibling to the highly acclaimed 42,000gns Wilodge Vantastic, so we wait with interest to see how they perform and would like to wish the new owners the very best.
Our second lot of embryos, Wilodge Vantastic x Wilodge Amethyst, were sold for 1900gns each, with the second lot (same way bred) sold for 1800gns each to Stuart Barclay, Harestone. Again, we’d like to wish Stuart the very best with his purchases.
At the same sale we sold two bulls, the first of which was the first prize and reserve intermediate champion Wilodge Formulaone. Born December 2010 he is by Objat out of our successful show female Wilodge Diamante and carries an impressive beef value of +57. He was sold at 9700gns to Philip Dune of the Liscarn herd, Co Cavan, Eire, making it a first for a Wilodge bull being sold to Southern Ireland. We then sold Wilodge Flyer , a September 2010-born son of Ronick Hawk out of the Wilodge Thumper daughter Wilodge Annette, who was also first in the pre sale judging, under Mr Stuart Fotheringham, for 5200gns to R S Howard, Blackburn. We would like to thank both purchasers for their custom and wish them all the very best with their new herd sires.
Wilodge offering maiden heifer consignment in Carlisle, 30th June
To be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, in conjunction with Lodge, Glenrock, Ridleys and Goldies herds.
The Wilodge herd will be offering a consignment of pedigree maiden Limousin heifers.
This will be the first time that major productive genetics within the Wilodge herd have been offered for sale at auction since the herd's production sale of 2003.
We have decided to offer a small, but quality, selection of maiden heifers, many of which will be offspring/descendants of some of our most proven and productive female lines within the herd. Further details will be announced regarding this sale shortly.
If anyone wishes to view the Wilodge herd in regards to any of the above, please feel free to contact us.
Having taken the reserve senior championship in Carlisle this month under judge Gary Swindlehurst, our April 2010-born Wilodge Firefly then sold at 14,000gns to J J Kingan, Dumfiress. Firefly is by the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus and is out of the Marron daughter Quaish Sunny, one of Nick Hill’s best breeding females. He is full sister to our successful show heifer Wilodge Funky and sold with a beef value of +35. We’d like to wish the Kingan family the very best with their purchase.
Wilodge Fastrac sells in record breaking private deal to Gritsone Limousin herd
In what is believed to be one of the highest priced private deals for some time for the Limousin breed and a new herd record, we’re pleased to announce the sale of our January 2010-born bull Wilodge Fastrac in a five figure private deal to David and Emma Armstrong’s Gritstone herd at Chorley, Lancashire.
By the acclaimed sire Wilodge Vantastic, he is out of the Sympa daughter Hazelhead Annie and has a beef value of 41, placing him within the top 1% of the breed.
Fastrac has had a more than impressive show season culminating in the overall junior championship, overall male championship and reserve breed championship at the Royal Welsh and at the 40th Anniversary Show in Carlisle he was junior male champion and overall reserve male champion. Although the price is undisclosed, he is the dearest bull to be sold to date from Wilodge surpassing the 50,000gns achieved for Wilodge Cerberus in 2008.
Fastrac has been a stand out bull from day one, always showing the deep muscling and stylish stamp of his father. His dam, Hazelhead Annie, has produced quality offspring to three different sires, has been flushed earlier this year and is a real asset to the herd. Fastrac has attracted a great deal of interest throughout the summer and numerous enquiries regarding semen. We’re delighted he is heading to a pedigree herd and will hopefully have a great future with the Armstrongs.
Commenting on the sale David Armstrong said: “Fastrac’s sire Vantastic continues to breed well and the cross of his genetics onto a Sympa dam has produced something very impressive indeed. We have been incredibly impressed with Fastrac both on the show circuit and at home when we viewed him privately. He has immense muscling coupled with style and breed character and will no doubt be a great asset for our herd and many others in the future.”
Wilodge genetics excel at National Limousin Show
It was a phenomenal show at Carlisle this month for the National Limousin Show, where not only did our own cattle pick up fantastic places, but Wilodge genetics were at the top of the placings in many of the classes.
In the bull class, our January 2010-born Wilodge Fastrac won his class and then went on to be placed junior male champion and overall reserve male champion. In the female classes, our yearling heifer Wilodge Funky also won her class and then took reserve in the junior female championship, while Winnington Fiona –owned in partnership with Nigel Matthews – also took a first in her strong class. Of the heifer calves we took a third place with Wilodge Flawless, which is the first time on the show circuit for this youngster who is by Objat out of Wilodge Diamante.
A huge congratulations must also go to the many exhibitors who did well with cattle sired by either Wilodge Vantastic or Wilodge Tonka, particularly the Trueman herd whose overall champion is by Wilodge Vantastic.
Wilodge Fastrac takes reserve breed championship at Royal Welsh
Leading the way for us at this year’s Royal Welsh was our 18-month old bull and Wilodge Vantastic son Wilodge Fastrac. Having won his class he then went on to be placed junior male champion and overall junior champion as well as reserve breed champion. He also won the Continental Elite Junior bull class before going yet another stage further by winning reserve interbreed junior champion. He then paired up with Ironstone Dumandy from Smiths of Bloxham to win the interbreed pairs competition. Our yearling heifer Wilodge Funky by Wilodge Cerberus stood second in her class and was reserve junior female champion.
In the incredibly strong Beltex classes our ram lamb which is a full ET brother to our successful ewe lamb from this season won his class and also won the overall lamb championship before being placed reserve male champion, while our shearling ram was placed third.
Success for Limousins and Beltex at Newport Show
It was a day of double championships at Newport Show this year as we not only took interbreed beef champion, but also took top honours in the Any Other Continental section with the Bletex. Leading the way in the cattle was our January 2010-born bull Wilodge Fastrac who won his class and then went on to be placed male breed champion under judge George Smith before going one further in a tough interbreed championship under Alastair Smith. Our yearling heifer Wilodge Funky also won her class and she was then placed reserve breed champion.
The Beltex were in the Any Other Continental section and our ET-bred ewe lamb won her class and then was placed section champion, while a shearling tup which is destined for Carlisle later in the year also won his class.
Wilodge Fastrac is junior interbreed champion at East of England Show
Our January 2010-born bull Wilodge Fastrac, by Wilodge Vantastic out of the Sympa daughter Hazelhead Annie, continued his winning form at East of England Show this week by winning his yearling bull class under judge James Hazard, before being placed junior male champion, male champion and reserve breed champion.
Our yearling heifer Wilodge Funky, by Wilodge Cerberus out of Quaish Sunny, also won her class and was placed junior female champion.
In the interbreed championship, judge William Smith then placed Fastrac interbreed junior male champion and overall interbreed junior champion, while Funky stood reserve interbreed junior heifer.
It was yet another successful outing for the Beltex team as our ewe lamb secured yet another win in the ewe lamb class and then went on to be placed reserve female champion and reserve breed champion. In the tup lamb class we also secured a first prize with a Langlands Nugget-sired lamb out of a homebred ewe.
Wilodge Fastrac is breed champion at Devon County Show
We kicked off the 2011 show season in style at Devon County Show this month as we took the overall male and then breed championship, under judge Hazel McKnee, with our yearling bull Wilodge Fastrac. By the noted sire Wilodge Vantastic, this January 2010 bull is out of Hazelhead Annie, a Sympa daughter out of Hazelhead Sarah. Yet again the mix of Vantastic out of a Sympa daughter is proving its worth.
Devon County was also the first show of the season for Paul’s Beltex with the highlight of the show being a win in the ewe lamb class for our ET lamb by Clary Kaiserchief out of Corra Nasturtium. She then went on to be placed overall reserve female champion.
Wilodge Easyrider sells for 10,000gns at Carlisle
We are pleased to announce the sale of the October 2009-born Wilodge Easyrider at Carlisle this month. An ET-bred bull, Easyrider is a three quarter brother to Wilodge Enrico, who was sold privately earlier this year to Gerry and Dympna Moane and family (Atlaponer herd) for £30,000. His sire Haltcliffe Underwriter is a son of the renowned and prolific Sympa, across a daughter of the breeds legend, Broadmeadows Cannon, a combination that really excels with Easyrider’s maternal line. Wilodge Easyrider’s dam is Ravenelle's outstanding daughter Wilodge Vavanelle, who is in turn full sister to the highly acclaimed Wilodge Vantastic. Wilodge Vavanelle is proving herself to be as consistent an asset as her dam for both quality and revenue. To date there are four very classy daughters within the herd by three different sires. Vavanelle has tremendous power, femininity and an exceptional temperament.
Wilodge Easyrider’s beef value of LM+39 places him in the top 1% of the breed and includes a calving value of LM+2. He was sold for 10,000gns to John Crofts for his Bassingfield herd at Nottinghamshire. This is the first bull bought by John for his herd so we would like to wish him the very best.
Chelford reserve champion suckled calf joins Wilodge show team
We are pleased to announce the arrival of a British Blue x Limousin x heifer “Pricey” who will likely make an appearance on this year’s show team. Having been placed commercial heifer and overall reserve champion at the March Chelford show and sale, she was purchased for £2850 from Andrew Price, Maidstone, Kent, who runs the Bedgebury herd of pedigree British Blues. We were hugely impressed with this heifer’s style and presence, length and depth of loin and locomotion and look forward to her being a part of our 2011 show team. She was all purchased with a view of retaining her in our commercial herd where her injection of new bloodlines will no doubt benefit the herd no end.
Wilodge Enrico sells in £30,000 private deal
Wilodge Enrico sells in £30,000 private deal
We are delighted to announce the private sale of Wilodge Enrico for £30,000 to Northern Irish pedigree breeders Gerry, Dympna Moane and family.
June 2009-born Enrico, is a son of the legendary Limousin sire Sympa and is out of Wilodge Vavanelle, who is a full sister to the highly acclaimed 42,000gns sire Wilodge Vantastic and out of the herd’s incredibly successful French cow Ravenelle, who is the dam of record priced embryos sold last July for 2600gns.
With a beef value of +39 he is in the top 1% of the breed and has a maternal production value in the top 10% of UK Limousins and on purchase weighed in excess of 1000kg.
Mr Gerry Moane, who runs 100 cows in the Altaponer herd at home in Co Fermanagh, bought Enrico for his combination of some of the breeds leading bloodlines along with his excellent estimated breeding values.
The ET-bred Enrico will leave Wilodge in mid-March to head to Cogent Breeding Ltd’s bull stud for semen collection before he travels to join the Altaponer herd. We’re absolutely delighted Enrico had sold to the Moane family and eagerly await news of his first progeny. He ranks among the pick of the bulls we’ve bred at Wilodge over the years and his calves should be a very exciting prospect.
Commenting on the sale, Mr Gerry Moane added: “We knew Enrico was the bull for us the minute we laid eyes on him at a recent visit to Wilodge. He has phenomenal growth for age, depth of flesh, great mobility and temperament and is incredibly correct. His pedigree is jam-packed with some of the breed’s finest genetics and his figures are what we need to move our herd forward.”
Wilodge Dominator sold to East Sussex commercial herd for 4500gns
Carlisle in October was a steady sale for us, but still a pleasing one. Wilodge Dominator, a September 2008-born son of Broadmeadows Cannon out of Wilodge Bravenelle sold to Jason and Sarah Wareham for 4500gns for use in their Tottingworth herd. Dominator joins Wilodge Charttopper, who they purchased privately from us in early 2009. Charttopper's performance at Tottingworth was a major influence in Jason and Sarah's decision to reinvest with Wilodge. They are just one of several repeat customers we have seen this year, due to the success of past purchases. Wilodge Diablo our August 2008-born entry, by Ronick Gains and out of Ravanelle failed to sell, but we were far from disappointed as Diablo is to be retained for use at Wilodge, based on his outstanding pedigree and his full sisters within the herd.
Wilodge Dazzler sells at Brecon for 5400gns
Our single entry at the Brecon sale in November was Wilodge Dazzler, who was purchased by T G Evans Bettws for use in their commercial enterprise. Wilodge Dazzler is an October 2008-born son of the prolific Broadmeadows Cannon and is out of a highly rated young member of the Wilodge herd, Hazelhead Annie. Dazzler stood second in a very strong class in the pre sale show, judged by Eric Norman (Norman herd). In the sale ring Wilodge Dazzler was eventually knocked down for 5400gns, one of the day's leading prices.
In a major coup for Wilodge and after lengthy negotiations, Wilodge Drummer has been secured by Cogent Breeding for their Beef Young Sire Programme “Visions”. Wilodge Drummer is by the great Ronick Hawk who has consistently produced for both the pedigree and commercial markets. Drummer's dam is Wilodge Tanette, yet another productive member of the "Danette" line at Wilodge and is herself granddam of Wilodge Destroyer who was part of the highly successful commercial show team last year. Destroyer's numerous highlights during the year were completed in style when he was overall Limousin champion followed up by overall pedigree champion at The English Winter Fair. Wilodge Tanette's sire Winnington Olis has produced easy fleshing, muscular offspring, which include Wilodge TK, overall champion Limousin at Perth and sold for the top price of 10,000gns.
Commenting on their new addition Boomer Birch said: “Cogent are highly delighted to secure Wilodge Drummer for the Visions programme. Drummer was selected due to his sire's reputation and the maternal lines seen at Wilodge and their achievements over the years. Also a factor was Drummer's Signet Breeding figures and high health status of the Wilodge Herd.
Both male and female sexed semen is available from Wilodge Drummer. For further details contact Cogent's Beef Specialist, Boomer Birch on 07901914160.
Wilodge and Hackney export Limousins and Beltex to Isle of Man
In a first for both myself and Paul, two Limousin bulls and three Beltex ewe lambs were sold privately to breeders on the Isle of Man .
From Wilodge, Brian Leece purchased Wilodge Dealer an October 2008-born, powerful, thick and muscular son of our stock bull Clydevalley Arty out of Wilodge Avette, a Toubib daughter, who is a descendant of the Boswells Danette line at Wilodge. Dealer had been entered for the February Carlisle bull sale. Also selected by Brian to join his Mannin pedigree herd was Wilodge Enzo an impressive August 2009-born bull calf by Rainbow Simon. Simon has sired several outstanding youngsters within the herd and is also the sire of our new junior herd sire Rainbow Diego. Enzo's dam is Vanille who is a daughter of Delage's great show cow Julienne. Vanille was imported from France on the strength of her dam line.
Making the journey across the water with the bulls were three Beltex ewe lambs. Sired by Ardstewart Lightening and Airyolland le Grand, who have both really excelled within the Hackney flock, these youngsters have joined the flock of Lesley Hallao. Lesley has won the Isle of Man Fatstock show on numerous occasions and secured the Beltex championship at the Manx Royal Show. We’d like to wish both purchasers the very best of luck with their new additions.
Hackney Email sells at 10,000 gns in Carlisle
Having stood second in the last class of junior bulls at Carlisle this month, the June 2009-born Hackney Email from Paul’s Hackney herd went on to sell for 10,000gns. By Objat, he is out of Hackney Bonnylass who is a daughter of one of the herd’s great cows Hackney Upperclass who is a Malibu daughter. He sold in a two way split to commercial producers Stephen Graham and W H and D A Gass, Carlisle, Cumbria. We’d like to wish both purchasers the very best of luck with him.
Loosebeare Diego joins Wilodge sire line up
Wilodge are delighted to announce the arrival of a new junior herd sire Loosebeare Diego. Bred by the Quick family from Crediton, Devon, Diego stood third in an incredibly strong class at the Carlisle sale ad was purchased for 20,000gns. By the noted sire Rainbow Simon, this May 2008-born bull is out of Loosebeare Soldy, a Cannon daughter going back to Strathallan Diplomat. Like his father he has exceptional performance figures and boasts a beef value of +42 ranking him in the top 1% of the breed.
Starting the year with a big thank you!
A big, big “thank you” to all our customers during 2009 and to all our friends and business associates who have all aided us in the most successful year ever at Wilodge, covering both showing and selling of pedigree and commercial stock – you know who you are (it’s too numerous a list, especially in case we neglected to mention somebody!!!). We are both very grateful for all your help, advice, support and most of all friendship – thank you!
Let us be the last to wish everybody a healthy, wealthy and most of all happy 2010 – let’s hope DEFRA doesn’t dream something up to give us even more problems!!
A fitting end for a successful commercial show season
This year’s commercial show team has had great success boh at summer and winter shows. Out of the most recent six winter events, five homebred steers have never been out of the prizes and have averaged £1337.97 at sale.
The Beef Expo Event in Carlisle saw us take a first with Buck Off before he went on to be reserve male champion at the English Winter Fair. At the same event we won the pedigree Limousin class and then went on to be pedigree champion with Destroyer, who later sold for £1437.50 to Jimmy and Vikki Woods of Bowland Foods Ltd. At the same event we stood 3rd with Deadline and 5th with Mr Willetts. This was the first outing for our homebred steers by our stock bull Clydevalley Arty.
Having made the long journey up to Scotland for the Scottish Winter Fair, we stood a pleasing second in the class to the overall champion.
The Royal Welsh Winter Fair saw us take three third places with Buck Off, Dave and Deadline and a 6th place with Mr Willetts. Our local fatstock show at Market Drayton saw us take a first with Dave who then sold for £1162.46 and Mr Willetts who sold for £1207.72.
We then headed south for the Sedgemoor event where we stood first and reserve overall champion with Buck Off before selling him for 254p/kg (grossing £1692.43) to Court Farm Butchers. We also stood first with Deadline who was then grossed £1189.69 to Mike and Melanie Alford of Stilman’s. Deadline’s dam is Hackney Royal Highness and sire is Clydevalley Arty.
It’s been a fantastic year for the commercial team and we can only look forward to similar success on the 2010 show circuit.
Success at Red Ladies Day
This year’s Red Ladies Day Derby in Carlisle saw us sell Wilodge Dravenelle, a daughter of the herd’s best cow Ravenelle by Cowin Anton. She sold for 5000gns to Geoffrey Annett, Morpeth, Northumberland, for his own select herd. She joins Wilodge Vavavoom, purchased in May 2009 for 4200gns and another Wilodge Tonka sired female.
He highlight for the sale for us was the sale of 4 grade A embryos by the 42,000gns Wilodge Vantastic out of the 24,000gns Sarkley Bellola, mother of the 30,000gns Wilodge Dallaglio who sold in Carlisle October 2009. These sold for the all breeds record embryo price of 2200gns each to David and Emma Armstrong, Chorley, Lancashire, for their Gritstone herd.
Buck Off second to overall Royal Highland Winter Fair Champion
Having made the long journey up to this year’s Royal Highland Winter Fair, we were incredibly pleased to stand second with our homebred Limousin cross steer Buck Off in a strong class of 13 steers. Congratulations to Lynne and Hugh Dunlop who beat us in the class and then went on to take the overall championship. Buck Off will next make an appearance at the Welsh Winter Fair.
Championship honours at English Winter Fair
The winter fatstock show season is proving a fruitful one for the Wilodge team with a couple of big wins at the recent English Winter Fair held at Bingley Hall, Staffordshire.
We took a team of four and came home with prizes for all. The highlight was winning the purebred championship with our pedigree steer Wilodge Destroyer. Having won the Limousin steer class under pedigree judge Bernard Price, he then went on to be Limousin champion and then overall pedigree champion when Bernard joined forces with commercial judge Rob Rattray for the championship.
Destroyer is by Solomon, a bull that is consistently breeding excellent commercial cattle for us. He later sold at the post show auction for £2.50/kg, so with an excellent day’s prize money, he grossed £2000 for us.
Our other Solomon son, Buck Off, who has already had an excellent show season, won his crossbred steer class and then went on to take the reserve steer championship. Buck Off is out of the full sister to the dam of The Stig, the Smithfield 2008 steer champion and exhibitor bred champion. Buck Off will next be shown at the Scottish Winter Fair.
The other two members of the team also picked up prizes in incredibly tough classes. On his first outing this year, Paul’s pedigree steer Hackney Deadline, by our stock bull Clydevalley Arty out of Hackney Royal Highness, stood 3rd in the bred and fed class. Deadline is now destined for the Welsh Winter Fair later next month.
Another Arty son, Mr Willetts, stood 5th in a very strong crossbred class. Homebred again, he is out of an almost pure Limouisn cow and will next head to the Welsh Winter Fair with Deadline.
Wilodge Dallaglio tops Carlisle trade at 30,000 gns
Completing an incredibly successful year on the show circuit, we took three bulls to the Limousin Society’s premier sale at Carlisle in October and not only took the reserve junior and overall reserve championship under judge Bob Adams of the Newhouse herd, but led the trade with a call of 30,000gns with Wilodge Dallaglio.
Dallaglio has been shown throughout the summer picking up a host of rosettes including male champion and reserve junior champion at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. He is one of the most correct, muscled bulls ever bred at Wilodge. With a breed value of +28 which places him the top 10% of the breed, Dallaglio is by the 42,000gns Wilodge Tonka son Wilodge Vantastic and out of Sarkely Bellola, a female we purchased as a yearling heifer for 24,000gns. Bellola is a Cloughhead Lord daughter out of the Ronick Luke daughter Sarkley Talola, she is breeding incredibly well and Dallaglio’s full sister is proving to be quite the heifer at home.
After a bidding war between a number of commercial and pedigree breeders, the hammer finally fell at 30,000gns in a joint partnership between commercial and pedigree producers KD Harryman, Keskadale Farming, Keswick, Cumbria together with Messrs M & W Richardson, Cockermouth, Cumbria who run the Keskadale and Honister pedigree herds respectively. The Keskadale herd comprises 100 pedigree animals alongside 40 commercial heifers and 25 commercial cows – the latter used for breeding show calves, while the Richardson family are renowned for producing top quality show calves and have topped Cockermouth show calf sale for the last 12 years. Immediate plans are for the bull to settle a few cows and then go for semen collection at the Cogent Stud.
Also selling at Carlisle, was Wilodge Designer, a son of the Ronick Iceman son Ryedale Paragon out of the Winnington Olis daughter Nouvelle Sophia, a naturally muscular and proven dam at Wilodge and is the mother of two outstanding Rainbow Simon daughters. Designer has a beef value of +34 and a muscle score of +6, ranking him in the top 10% of the breed. Having been taken with his mother on a farm visit to Wilodge last year, he sold for 8000gns to Mr and Mrs JJ and BD Comer, Swindon, who run the Moonleaze herd.
Next at 6000gns was the first prize Wilodge Dublin Flyer. By the Mas Du Clo son Milbrook Tanko, Dublinflyer has had a tremendous show season for us culminating in wins at the Bath and West and Royal Show to name but a few. Out of the Oxygene daughter Wilodge Soblahdi who goes back to one of the herd’s foundation cows Newsham Delila, Dublinflyer is in the top 1% of the breed with a beef value of +40 and a muscle score of +6. He sold to Messrs WH and DA Gass, Carlisle, Cumbria for their commercial and Nunscleugh pedigree herd.
Wilodge Dublin Flyer
Champion commercial at Edenbridge and Oxted Show
Having not been able to make Edenbridge and Oxted show last year, it was great to head down to Surrey for this year. We took the pedigrees and commercials, but this time fared better with the commercial team. Our Limousin cross heifer Oh La La took a first prize in her heifer class under judge Simon David, Somerset, and then went on to take the female and overall championship.
Our purebred Limousin steer Wilodge Destroyer won his class and was overall male champion, while our other Limousin cross steer Buck Off was third in his class.
In the pedigree section we won a first place with Wilodge Diamante under judge George Smith, while Wilodge Dublin Flyer also won his class and stood reserve male champion.
Oh La La
Champion and reserve at Burwarton for Wilodge Limousins
Leading the way for us at Burwarton Show under judge and breeder Vicky Maynard was Wilodge Diamante (daughter of Wilodge Vantastic) who won her class and took the female and overall breed championship. She also teamed up with Wilodge Dallaglio (by Vantastic) to win the pairs competition as well as be part of the winning interbreed group of four championship.
Dallaglio himself won his class and stood overall reserve champion behind Diamante. Wilodge Dublin Flyer (by Millbrook Tanko) stood second to Dallaglio in the junior bull class and was also part of the winning interbreed group of four championship.
In the commercial classes, Oh La La won her class and then went on to stand overall commercial champion under judge Matthew Smith, while Buck Off also won his class and stood reserve overall champion.
Wilodge Diamante snapping at the heels of overall interbreed champion
The Royal Welsh Show this year was a fantastic show and has been the highlight of the year for us. Wilodge Diamante won her class and was placed junior female champion as well as overall junior champion. She was then tapped out as reserve female champion and followed the overall Limousin champion to take the reserve overall championship. She also joined the breed champion to make up part of the Group of Five where the Limousins were placed interbreed champions.
Wilodge Dallaglio made a return to the show circuit and won his class as well as being placed junior male championship, overall male champion and reserve overall junior champion behind Diamante. He teamed up with her again to win the pairs competition and took the RWAS/Agri Lloyd Elite junior bull championship.
Our Limousin cross steer Buck Off won his class in an incredibly tough commercial section.
Wilodge Diamante reserve female champion at Great Yorkshire Show
Diamante had yet another successful show standing second in her class she was placed reserve junior female champion and also went on to take the reserve female championship. She was also part of the winning junior interbreed team as well as a member of the reserve senior interbreed team.
Dublin Flyer won his class and went on to be reserve junior male champion.
Competition was extremely fierce in the commercial section and we were incredibly pleased to stand 2nd with Buck Off under judge Keith Harryman, who then tapped him out to be reserve commercial steer champion.
Dublin Flyer male champion at Royal Show
This year’s Royal Show saw Wilodge pick up a first prize in the young bull class with Dublin Flyer who then went on to take the male championship as well as the junior male and reserve overall Limousin junior championship. He was also best bull bred by exhibitor.
In the female section, Wilodge Diamante won her class and was then reserve junior female champion behind the overall champion of the show.
Wilodge Dublin Flyer
Wilodge dominate Limousin classes at East of England Show
Wilodge Diamante was yet again on winning form at this year’s East of England Show under stand-in judge David Cormack who had to step in last minute to replace Hazel Fotheringham whose car unfortunately broke down on route to the show.
Diamante won her class, was junior female champion, overall junior Limousin champion and then breed champion. She then went on to be placed junior interbreed champion under David Barker and teamed up with Dublin Flyer to win the pairs competition.
Dublin flyer also won his class and was then placed male champion as well as junior male champion. He stood reserve for overall junior champion behind Diamante and then stood reserve overall champion behind her again.
Considering June is a fairly early start to the commercial show season, we were exceptionally pleased with how our stock performed here. Oh La La won her class and also teamed up with Buck Off to win the pairs, while Buck Off himself won his class, took the overall steer championship and then stood overall reserve commercial champion under judge Harry Emslie. This was particularly pleasing as it was Buck Off’s first outing of the year.
Diamante reserve interbreed at Bath and West Show
We had a fantastic show at Bath and West. Wilodge Diamante won her class and then went on to take the female championship and then the overall Limousin championship. In the interbreed championship we were fortunate to go one better and stand reserve overall interbreed and reserve overall exhibitor bred champion.
Our yearling bull Wilodge Dublin Flyer by Millbrook Tanko also won his class and then went on take the reserve male championship. He also stood Beef Breeder champion.
In the calf class Wilodge Dallaglio won his class and was then placed champion calf.
In the commercial classes we stood second with Ooh Laa Laa and then went on to take the reserve overall commercial championship under judge Jason Wareham.
Wilodge win the pedigree section at Beef Expo
Along with our commercial show cattle we took two pedigree cattle to the Beef Expo event held at The Three Counties showground in Malvern. Our yearling heifer Wilodge Diamante by Wilodge Vantastic out of Wilodge Amethyst won her class and then went on to take the female pedigree championship followed by the overall pedigree championship.
Following close behind her was our 10 month old bull Wilodge Dallaglio, again by Vantastic and out of Sarkley Bellola. He won his class and then took the male championship before standing reserve overall to Diamante.
In the commercial classes Oh La La on her first outing stood 2nd in her class and then went on to take the reserve heifer championship and overall exhibitor bred championship, while Milly Many, who is the first commercial calf to be shown by Clydevalley Arty stood second in her class and went on to be reserve baby beef champion
Wilodge Casino sells for 11,000 gns in Carlisle
Our only entry for Carlisle this May saw Wilodge Casino sell for 11,000gns to Mike and Sarah Potter, Oxfordshire. Casino stood first in his class and is a son of Neuf out of Venelle, a daughter of Ravenelle and full ET sister to Wilodge Vantastic.
Wilodge Cerberus tops Carlisle trade at 50,000 gns
It’s not very often we’re lost for words, but this Carlisle Limousin sale was a first for many things. Having taken the overall championship with Wilodge Cerberus, a bull we’ve admired strongly at home from a young age, he then went on to lead the day’s trade at 50,000gns (a personal best for Wilodge) selling to Alan Jenkinson for his Whinfell Park herd.
Cerberus is by Wilodge Tonka (Oxygene out of Wilodge Meclaire) and is out of Wilodge Priceless (Broadmeadows Cannon out of Wilodge little Gem).
Pictures courtesy of Niall Robertson
February 2008 - Wilodge Bestmate sells for 8000 gns
Selling at Carlisle this month was Wilodge Bestmate, a son of the renowned and powerful sire Oxygene and out of one of the favourite cows in the herd Hartside Dream. He sold for 8000gns to J Thompson, Melberby for his Hartsideanew pedigree Limousin herd.