Woodhall Reduction Sale - a day to remember
A well represented selection of breed enthusiasts and new breeders packed Perth Auction Mart on Friday 18th July 2008 to see the Spring Calving portion of Hector Mackaskill’s Woodhall Herd, gross over £200,000 for the 92 animals sold.
The herd was being reduced purely due to the fact that most of the females have to be wintered away from home and the herd size had grown too big to cope with this. The Woodhall herd’s record at Perth in particular, where bulls had been sold to a top of 13,000gns and females previously to 6,000gns was always bound to attract some serious bidding for the outstanding breed lines.
Every beast forward found a new home, peaking half way through the sale when J.L. & C.J. Weatherup, Lisglass Road, Irish Hill, Ballyclare, Northern Ireland, bought Woodhall Sonata for 8,000gns. Sonata, who is by Woodhall Porter, a son of Mackney Hector and out of Woodhall Pixie by Woodhall Liqueur, was sold with her first calf at foot, Woodhall Wilona, a March born heifer calf by Ballinalare Farm Rival. She had been running with Annick Talisker, the bull Hector bought from Lachlan Quarm’s Annick Herd at Perth in the spring for 20,000gns. It was clear as the day went on that the Mackney Hector breed lines would feature strongly in the sale.
Only four lots earlier, another Northern Ireland purchaser, R & R Rogers, Race Road, Portglenone, Co. Antrim paid 7,000gns for a daughter of Mackney Hector, Woodhall Sadie, whose breed lines go back to Carnkern Titan on the dam’s side. She went to Northern Ireland with her May born heifer calf, Woodhall Wakeisha, who is by Ballinalare Farm Rival and again goes back to Camus Brandy.
While Northern Ireland breeders featured highly in the sale, Scottish breeders were not to be outdone in this one off chance to buy these breedlines. Near neighbours Lindsey and Dorothy Moffat, Innerwick, Dunbar, took two lots home next door.
Firstly, when they bought Woodhall Marjorie for 6,500gns, an ET daughter of Woodhall Hannah by Carnkern Titan and with her bull calf Woodhall Warbuton at foot, who is by one of the current stock bulls, Corrick Nebraska. Nebraska was purchased privately in 2003 and was shown successfully that year before becoming a major influence in the herd since. She was sold having run since late May with Annick Talisker Marjorie carries particularly high figures for both Terminal Sire index and Self Replacing Index.
Later in the sale Woodhall Tarsha joined the Innerwick herd for 2000gns. Again with Mackney Hector breeding on the sire side and Rickardson Jumbo in the dam side she sold having been running with Nebraska.
Ian Green of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochaber, also supported the herd when he purchased Woodhall Romance, a 2004 daughter of Mackney Hector and again with Titan breedlines on the dam side, for 5,500gns. She was sold with her third calf at foot, Woodhall Wrendi, a daughter of Kentucky Kid. He also added Woodhall Margot to the Corskie herd for 3,000gns, with her bull calf Woodhall Watson at foot, another son of Kentucky Kid. Margot is by Woodhall Javan and out of Woodhall Hope, by Blackford Elite. She had been running with Corrick Nebraska
Stuart Stronach, Berryleys, Grange, Keith parted with 5,000gns to take ownership of Woodhall mistress, a 6 year old cow also by Woodhall Javan and out of Woodhall Baroness, by Camus Volunteer. Her outstanding four month old bull calf which went with her is by another of the Woodhall Stock sires, Corrick Kentucky Kid. Perhaps one of the biggest influences on the breed in recent years, Kentucky Kid was purchased by Paul Clements at Perth in 2001, where as Supreme Champion he commanded the then record price of 22,000gns. He was bought by Woodhall in 2006 at the Darsham Dispersal.
Lachlan Quarm bought back a little part of his 20,000gns sale of Annick Talisker when he bought Woodhall Secilia who had been running with Talisker and sold for 4,800gns with her heifer calf Woodhall Wanika at foot, by Ballinalare Farm Rival.
Messrs E.C Robertson & Co of Grieves Cottage, Dalkieth Home Farm, Dalkieth, paid 4,200gns for their pick of the day, Woodhall Saphire, again by Mackney Hector and in calf to Kentucky Kid, with her current bull calf, Woodhall Wagner at foot by Ballinalare Farm Rival. They later added Woodhall Tamara to their herd when they paid 3,200gns for this 2006 cow with her second calf Woodhall Willoughby at foot, a bull calf again by Ballinalare Farm Rival and she had been running this time with Talisker.
Woodhall Sherbet, another daughter of Mackney Hector and out of Woodhall Kim, who is again by Carnkern Titan, sold to Mr. P McDiarmid, Shenlarich, Lawers, Aberfeldy for 3,800 gns. Her Ballinalare Farm Rival bull calf Woodhall Wexford went with her, with his dam having run to date with Nebraska.
Three lots made 3,200gns. The first to Mr. S. Smith, Sunnyhill Croft, Turriff when he purchased Woodhall Petuna, a daughter of Woodhall Liqueur with her Kentucky Kid bull calf, Woodhall Whitaker at foot. The second 3,200gns purchase was made two lots later, when a telephone bid from Joe Wilson, Balinlare Farm, Newry, Co. Down bought Woodhall Pastel a Javan daughter with her heifer calf Woodhall Wilanna another Kentucky Kid calf at foot.
The heifers were a sound trade throughout topping at 2,800gns three times! Firstly Mr Smith, Sunny Hill croft, added to his previous purchase when he bought Woodhall Tina, another Mackney Hector daughter in calf to Corrick Nebraska. Next another Northern Ireland buyer, this time Andrew Patterson, Brookmount Road, Ballindervy, Co. Tyrone purchased Woodhall Tahiti by Corrick Nebraska out of Woodhall Pansy by Woodhall Liqueur, in calf to Castlehill Thomas. Finally Clive Houldey waited to the third last lot in the ring to secure his choice in the maiden heifer Woodhall Virtue. By Corrick Nebraska she is an October 2007 born calf out of a Woodhall Praline by Corrick Kingtson.
46 Cows averaged £2,707.17 46 heifers averaged £1659.46