A BULL from North Yorkshire sold for the top price at a breed society's sale in the Three Counties.

Grangewood Lucas from Mr & Mrs AS&YA Leedham, Rowan Farm, Lockton, Pickering, sold for 5,500gns to lead the British Simmental Cattle Society’s May Sale at McCartneys Worcester Livestock Market on May 7.

Fully home-bred, this November 2020 born bull is by Grangewood Glenlivet and is out of Grangewood Faith’s Imelda, a Grangewood Damascus daughter.

Earlier in the day, Grangewood Lucas had stood first in his class in the pre-sale show judged by Anthony Davies of the Welston herd, Milton, Tenby Pembrokeshire. Purchasing the top price bull, who was +7.8 for Calving Ease Direct putting him in the top one per cent for the breed, and +8 for Maternal (Milk), was Richard Bell for the 300-cow Bowley Herd of CM Mercer, Bowley Court Farms, Hope-Under-Dinmore, Leominster, Herefordshire, and who run up to 12 Simmental bulls.

Strong supporters of the Worcester Simmental Sale, this is the third Worcester Sale in a row that the Leedhams have topped the fixture and following on from the 7,000gns Grangewood Keegan in 2021,who was also sired by Grangewood Glenlivet.

Following on from their top price was Grangewood Mastermind 21 who made 5,000gns when selling to JW Fenten, Biggin Moor, Buxton. This third-prize bull, January 2021 born, is by the 8,500gns Ranfurly Impeccable 14 17, and is out of Grangewood Polly 4th, a Popes Laird daughter.

The Worcester Simmental Sale fixture saw a solid demand for bulls with 17 out of the 21 forward selling to average £3996. Seven bulls sold at 4000gns or more and including three at the 5,000gns mark.