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Delighted to win the heavyweight and champion Native bred section at the Worcester Christmas Primestock Show with a pen of 5 lambs weighing 43 kgs drawn from a load of 35 that we took last Wednesday.   Out of our purebred pedigree Wiltshire Horn ewes and sired by home bred Suffolk rams which have a high proportion of New Zealand blood.

Longhorn Cow of the Year

Congratulations to Bertie Facon (Gentons Herd) on being awarded the Cow of the Year trophy at the recent Longhorn Cattle Society A.G.M. for GORSE QUESNELIA, pictured below winning her class at the Royal Three Counties Show.   This is the third GORSE cow to win this prestigious award following GORSE JONQUIL shown by us in 2009 and GORSE VALENTINE ROSE, a daughter of the subsequent breed record priced cow GORSE ROSA, shown by Vicki Hopkinson, in 2017.   Who knows?   Perhaps there is another GORSE cow out there after our sale, ready to make it three in a row.

Image: Longhorn National Show, 2018

We bought an Oxford Down shearling ram as a stock ram for the Oxford Down flock at the NSA Ram Sale, Builth Wells on 17th September.   From Rex Vincent (New House flock), he is by Barley Park Taranto with lines on both sides to some of the best flocks in the breed.   What particularly attracted us to him, apart obviously from his strength and conformation, is the lovely clean leg wool with no colouring and a strong head with plenty of wool on the ears and face.   In other words a true Oxford.

Image: Oxford Down shearling ram bought at Builth September 2018

The virtual dispersal of our Longhorn herd,took place at Worcester Market on 18th August.   We are just retaining four cows representing the four main families in the herd in order to maintain the well known Gorse prefix and Herd Number 33.   Although tinged with sadness, this was tempered by the great interest in the sale from fellow breeders and the prices realised which included a price record for the breed.   Many thanks to Debbie Dann, Breed Society Secretary, for her help in preparing the catalogue and for pre-sale publicity, to Steve and Matt Gray and also Mary and Esme Cormack for preparing the cattle and making them look fantastic and to Clive Roads and his team at McCartneys for all the unseen work beforehand and for conducting the sale so well.   Below is the auctioneers report.   There are a few photographs of some of the cattle sold, with their prices, on the DISPERSAL SALE page

NEW BREED RECORD AT 12,000GNS FOR GORSE LONGHORNS AT WORCESTER
The virtual dispersal sale of John & Joshua Brigg’s Gorse herd of Longhorn cattle – the oldest privately owned herd in the breed set new heights at Worcester when their 8 year old cow Gorse Rosa by Underknoll Quest and out of Gorse Iberis sold with her heifer calf at foot by Lockinge Kit at a new breed record of 12,000gns to 11th Earl de la Warr, Withyham, Sussex.   Fierce competition throughout followed the cow who had previously bred Gorse Valentine Rose that won the breeds cow of the year in 2017.

That set the trend for the sale with no fewer than 14 cattle over 2,000gns.   Next highest in the Cow & Calf section was recorded by Gorse Umber a third calver with bull calf at foot, by the 3,700gns Gorse Samson and out of Gorse QT who also bred Gorse Winegum that won 4 Breed Championships and was sold for 3,800gns, she was secured by Mr David Howden, Charlbury, Oxon for his “Pointer” herd. Close behind Umber in the pricing stakes was Gorse Umberella a third calver with heifer calf at foot knocked down for 3,400gns to Yvonne Ferguson, Steyning, Sussex.

A second calver Gorse Viola also by Gorse Samson and with a bull calf at foot by Gentons Pyrite levelled at a very creditable 2,700gns to Jane Grant, Yorkshire. The same buyer taking Gorse Wellingtonia, a calved heifer with steer calf at the same price.
Senior Heifers were closely followed selling to 2,600gns for Gorse Xantippe a Logan Brunel daughter out of a Gorse Samson dam to B Facon, Banbury Oxon, with another Senior Heifer Gorse Xcel by Gorse Uncle Gary selling at 2,000gns to Tom Mills, Bakewell, Derby.

Junior Heifers were hotly contested peaking at a creditable 3,200gns for Gorse Yana by Gentons 007 James Bond selling to David Howden, Oxon. A descendant of Watling Orchid an original cow from 1966 made 1,750gns also by James Bond to 11th Earl de la Warr, Sussex.

Top price in the Bull Section was 5,400gns for Gorse Yukon an 18 month old son of Gentons 007 James Bond tracing to the 8,400gns Carreg Cennen and out of Gorse Rosa that achieved the new breed record price earlier in the sale, he was finally taken again by Yvonne Ferguson, Sussex for her “Maudin” herd.

John Brigg is in many ways the “father” of the breed, having been Breed Secretary in the 1960’s and literally lifting the breed up from its boot laces to the status it holds in modern times.
Averages:
15 Cows with calves £2,823.80
1 Cow in calf £2,520.00
4 Senior Heifers £1,850.62
11 Junior Heifers £1424.18
1 Weaned Calf £504.00
1 Bull £5,670.00
Auctioneers:
McCartneys, Worcester
Tel: 01905 769770


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