A pedigree cattle Autumn triple header, native shows and sales for the Beef Shorthorn and Aberdeen-Angus Societies, plus a standalone British Blue sale, attracted an 83-strong bovine bounty at CCM Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, Nov 8).
While the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society’s sixth annual show and sale attracted a smaller entry of 20 females and saw mixed trade, it was the two show animals that went away with the highest prices of 3,300gns and 2,200gns, both consigned by venue breed debutants, Robert Mawer and partner Emma Benge’s Embrooke herd and justifying their decision to travel north from Horsington in the heart of Lincolnshire.
Both principals were AI daughters of Rawburn Jumbo Eric, bred by John Elliott, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso, with the sale leader on price the younger of the pair, the April, 2022, maiden, Embrooke Eyrie Y133, fifth calf of the prolific Weeton Eyrie S495, acquired at a dispersal sale and still in use. Her own grandam, the famous Blelack Eyrie, set a then new world record breed price of 32,000gns a decade or so ago.
The purchasers, following up on their multiple Beef Shorthorn buys, were the Holgate family, Rathmell, who also went to 2,200gns to acquire the other prize winner and show champion, the January, 2021, Embrooke Electra X105, out of Sudbrooke Eliza.
The Embrooke herd, established some ten years ago, has invested heavily in the Angus breed, including 15,000gns purchases from both the Shadwell and Rawburn herds. It has also achieved multiple successes on the show circuit, including a first at last year’s National.
TS&PA Knox, Millclose herd, Hackforth, Bedale, presented a run of mainly in-calf cattle, selling to 1,600gns for a cow due March/April to the Rawburn Boss Hogg son, Millclose Eric, going to Oakenshaw, Bradford, with Les Driver.
While the going was tougher for longer dated cows, local vendors DB Wellock and WP Hoare, Herries herd, Otterburn, successfully sold several served heifers, all sired by the Airedale Lord Perseus son, Airedale Euston, and served by Airedale Mr Editor, all bred by the Isherwood family, Kildwick. Their 1,400gns top price performer sold to B Howarth, Bolton Heifers averaged £1,715.