Tuesday 22nd September 2009
HOCKENHULL BOW OUT ON A HIGH NOTE
By Fiona Sloan
After nearly 40 years of breeding Simmental Cattle, Hugo, Geraldine
and James Arnold saw their beloved herd go to new homes. Hugo’s
impending retiral had forced the sale of a herd, which was renowned
throughout the breed both here and overseas and around 1000 people
turned up to witness the event and take the last chance of buying
a Hockenhull female. As Hugo said at the conclusion of the sale, “every
story has a start middle and end ....and this is the end!” It
was the end of the Hockenhull Herd but a beginning for several
new herds as well as many established herds, when 78 buyers bought
the 102 lots on offer to a top of £17500 for cow and her
first calf from the famous Snow Queen line.
Mrs Hayley Clarke, The Croft,
Hevingham, Norwich paid 10,000gns for the Popes Laird bred Hockenhull
Snow Queen 35th out of Snow Queen 25th by the Herd Stock bull
for many years Blackford Harvester, to join her Williams Herd.
Harvester will retire with the family and was not at the sale.
Her heifer calf Snow Queen 40th, by Dirnanean Solomon, sold for7,500gns
to DW &CE Jones Wiltor
Lodge, Wilcrick, Magor, Gwent . This calf was one of several
at the sale by Dirnanean Soloman, another of the successful stock
bulls at Hockenhull.
Hockenhull Juliet 10th took the individual
top price when she sold for 14,000gns with her Hockenhull Red
Rum calf, Juliet 13th at foot to new breeder Mike Frazer, Ballyclare
Road, Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, one of three
lots bought by Mr. Frazer. Juliet 10th is a 2006 cow by Hockenhull
Norman out of the Harvester daughter Juliet 3rd who was sold
in calf again to Red Rum.
Tony and Anne Jukes, Swallowhill, Sandhurst,
Kent added the first of the in calf heifers, Trudy 36th to their
Swallowhill Herd for a bid of 11,000gns. A January 2007 heifer
by Hockenhull Norman, she was sold in calf to the current stock
Bull Hockenhull Red Rum and will undoubtedly be closely watched
on the show circuit next summer.
The first of several Scottish
purchases went to The Greenhill Family, Craighall, Duntrune,
Dundee when they paid 10,000gns for Snow Queen 39th. This 14
month old heifer is by Red Rum and out of the Blackford Harvester
bred Snow Queen 19th.
David and Lesley Sapsed from Heathbrow Herd
Codicote, Hitchin Hertfordshire went to 9,000gns to secure one
of their three lots, Hockenhull Girlie 22nd. Girlie 22nd is from
another famous line at Hockenhull and is a daughter of the Dovefields
Gallant bred Girlie 13th that went to Findlay and Judy McGowan
at Incheoch earlier in the day for 5,800gns and was dam of several
outstanding lots in the sale. Girlie 22nd that is again by Harvester
was sold with her 4th calf at foot, Girlie 49th by Dirnanean
Soloman. David and Lesley had previously purchased the 5th calver
Susanna 9th earlier in the sale for 7,000gns. Susanna 9th is
out of Susanna 4th F37 and is again by Harvester and was sold
with her bull calf Hockenhull Alaska 09 at foot by Red Rum.
Stronach, Berryleys, Grange, Keith, waited to later in the day
to add Girlie 41st to his Islavale Herd. By the 17,000gns Glenturk
Rolex she was an ET daughter of Girlie13th and sold for 8,000gns.
She sold with a sire index of +31 and a Self replacing index
Hayley Clark added to her earlier purchase when
she bought yet another Girlie 13th daughter, Girlie 47th for
7,500gns. Again by Rolex, she had a +35 Self Replacing Index
to go with her.
Neill McGeoch was happy to bring his 7,000gns
purchase Juliet 12th home to the Hazelden Herd based at Easter
Blacklaw, Stewarton, Ayrshire. Juliet 12th is a February 2008
heifer by Solomon and out of Juliet 5th by Harvester.
7,000gns purchase headed north, when Brian Grant, Druid Temple,
South Inverness, bought Sarah 20th with her July born Red Rum
Bull calf at foot. Sarah 20th is a third calving Harvester daughter
out of Sarah 10th by Woodhall Dynamite.
Joe and Rachael Ede,
Stone Leys, Four Trees, Checkley, Stock on Trent, spent 6,800gns
to secure their choice, Deborah 11th , with her March born Red
Rum bull calf at foot, Adjutant 09. Deborah 11th is by Hockenhull
Norman and out of a Balmano Hitman daughter Deborah 7th.
Bungehurst, Newick Lane, Mayfield, East Sussex, paid 6,200gns
for Snow Queen 37th to join their Ravensdale Herd. A Harvester
daughter, she was sold with her first calf at foot, Snow Queen
41st by Red Rum and in calf again to Red Rum.
No less than four
lots made 6,000gns. The first of these was another from the Snow
Queen line, the Hockenhull Kojac daughter, Snow Queen, 26th who
was out of the very successful Snow Queen 8th. She is a fourth
calver and was sold with her April born Harvester calf Snow Queen
42nd at foot. She sold to Richard Storer Smith, to join his herd
at Spath Farm, Utoxeter.
Robin and Rory Bell, Roxburgh Mains,
Kelso, paid 6,000gns for Hockenhull Sarah 22nd, a second calving
daughter of Hockenhull Norman out of Sarah 17th. Her Bull calf
Abadan 09 by Harvester was sold separately to Barry Harding,
Cornerfields, Holly Bush Lane, Bucks for 4,800gns giving a 10,800gns
tag for the outfit. The very next lot in the ring also sold for
6,000gns and again headed north. This time to Mrs. Margaret Addison’s
Lartington Herd at The Keld, Kings Meaburn, Penrith, when she
purchased Juliet 5th, an April 05 Harvester daughter, with her
March born Dirnanean Soloman bull calf, Achilles 09 at foot.
W. J. Hollingsworth, High Midhope Hall, Midhopestones, Sheffield
also paid 6,000gns for Deborah 12th. An April 07 daughter of
Red Rum and out of a Harvester daughter, Deborah 6th, she was
sold in calf to Hockenhull Kramer.
The Stock Bull, Hockenhull
Red Rum, sold for £6000gns to
Paul Gunther, Fir Covert, Felthorpe, Norwich, to join his Fircovert
Semen from Hockenhull Magnum sold to 80gns to Jimmy
and Vikki Wood, Popes Farm, Dutton, Longridge. The same buyers
paid 65gns for Magnum’s sire’s semen from Overhall
Hivy, both hugely influential in the success Hockenhull herd.
was never any doubt that the sale would be a huge success but
it exceeded all expectations when the 102 lots sold averaged
a massive £4447!
Tributes were given to the Arnold family
at the end by Dan Evans from the Wroxhall Herd, a life long friend
and fellow breeder and the family were presented with the First
Edition of the new Border Fine Arts Simmental Cow and Calf which
comes out in January and is modelled on one of the Hockenhull
A presentation was also given by the Society General
Secretary, Claire Rowbotham to Fiona Sloan, their Development
Manager who leaves the Society this month after 5 years.
Cows without calves at foot 13 £4079
Cows with calves at foot 44 £4704
Bull Calves 6 £3413
Heifer Calves 4 £4909
In Calf Heifers 18 £4632
Maiden Heifers 13 £4232
Stock Bull 1 £6300
Young Bulls 3 £2940