Friday 18 August sadly saw the dispersal of the Lockton Charolais herd from Pickering, North Yorkshire, at Borderway Mart. The herd was established by Robert Smith QC in the mid 1980’s with the support of his herd manager Kenneth Brown, began with the purchase of three cows and a stock bull from Billy Turner but for the past twenty years the herd has operated a closed herd policy with no on movement of cattle where high quality AI sires have been selected to produce cattle of good conformation and ease of calving.
The days highlight was the sale of the 2011 born Lockton Gemma and her October-born heifer calf Marigold, who were sold as a split pair for a total of 4,250gns. Gemma whose homebred sire Lockton Vigorous goes back to the 30,000gns Dingle Hofmeister was purchased by A Gallagher, Newtonstewart, Co Tyrone, while her Vexour Freddy sired calf Marigold was snapped up by Tomos Rich, Cilcain, Flintshire.
Next in the trade stakes at 4,100gns, was another split lot. Tomos Rich was in a buying mood and purchased the 2012 born dam Lockton Honey, whose homebred sire was sired by the £25,000 Highland Show supreme champion Maerdy Impeccable. Her calf, the October-born Lockton Fortunate sired Marshmallow went home to Briston, Norfolk with Megan Atkins.
Following on at a combined price of 3,550gns, was a mother and daughter pair who again went on to different homes. Lockton Jennifer, a 2014 born daughter of the homebred Lockton Federico who was sired by the Perth junior champion Bromley Decisive, was purchased by JD Thomas and Co, Llansadwrn, Carmarthenshire, who went on to buy two more. Messrs F and IM Potter, Kendal, Cumbria were the purchasers of her 10-month-old heifer calf Lockton Missie who is sired by the renowned easy calving Blelack Digger.
Just a few lots earlier JM and D Wise, Hutton Moor, Ripon purchased the mother and daughter pair Lockton Harmony and Lockton Madonna for 3,170gns. Harmony is a January-2012-born daughter of the Maerdy Impeccable sired Lockton Duarte and her October-born daughter Madonna is sired by Vexour Freddy.
Just behind at 3,050gns was another split mother and daughter pair, Lockton Delightful and her September-born heifer calf Lockton Mulberry. Delightful, a daughter of the aforementioned Lockton Vigorous took the fancy of Taste Tradition Ltd, Ripon, Yorkshire and previous purchaser Megan Atkins took home her Vexour Freddy sired calf Mulberry.
Averages: 50 cows and heifers served and/or suckling £2169.51; 10 maiden heifers £1047.90; 2 bulls £1968.75; 1 bull calf £1417.50.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington Ltd.