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August 2018: Bassingbourn Nudge is reserve super bull at Edenbridge and Oxted

The last show of the season, the Edenbridge and Oxted Show, was another successful outing for the herd, with Bassignbourn Nudge taking the reserve interbreed super bull award to cap a successful summer.

Nudge is a Haltcliffe Dancer son out of Erne Eileen and had earlier been third in his class, with Bassingbourn Neville, a Gerrygullinane Glen son being fourth in the same class. He is out of Melbourne Gladys.

Neville then joined Bassingbourn Natasha and Newble to clinch the interbreed exhibitor group of three award, while Natasha was second in the Continental beef heifer sweepstake competition.line

July 2018: Foxhillfarm Jasper joins Bassingbourn herd

We are delighted to announce the private purchase of Foxhillfarm Jasper from the Whinfellpark herd of Messrs Jenkinson, Penrith. Jasper, bred by the Alford family, is a son of Loosebeare Fantastic out of the noted brood cow Bankdale Alice and was champion at Carlisle in May 2015 when purchased by Messrs Jenkinson for 35,000gns.

Jasper offers a proven record of breeding success and we look forward to him working in the Bassingbourn herd for several years to come.line

June 2018: Show success at Royal Norfolk

This year’s Royal Norfolk Show was another successful outing for the Bassingbourn herd with the team collecting a number of red tickets, including first place for Bassingbourn Natasha, an Ampertaine Elgin daughter out of Coachhouse Ighness, with young bull Bassingbourn Nudge also taking first in his class. Sired by Haltcliffe Dancer he is out of Erne Eileen and went on to be reserve male champion.

These two then teamed up with Bassignbourn Newble, a Haltcliffe Dancer out of Roughly Heather, to take the red ticket in the exhibitor bred group of three class, with Newble having been fourth in her class earlier in the day.

Both Natasha and Newble then went on to part of the first prize winning team in the Heygates Interbreed Team of Five competition.

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January 2018: Bassingbourn herd wins AHDB ‘Most Improved Herd Award’

The Bassignbourn herd has been announced as the most improved performance recorded herd in the Limousin breed for 2017. The award recognises the herd which has made the most genetics progress in the previous 12 months.

Winning the award follows on from the introduction of genotyping and muscle scanning in the herd in 2016 as well as the use of select sires by AI to help improve commercially relevant traits within the herd.

With a key focus on these commercial traits the herd’s breeding philosophy includes an emphasis on both calving ease and gestation length to provide customers with bulls suited to use across their herds.

Daniel Tuner said winning the award was testament to the hard work put in by the whole team at Bassingbourn and he looked forward to continuing to improve all aspects of the herd in the coming years.line

August 2017: Late summer show success

The herd has enjoyed great success at two late summer shows, the Wayland Show and the Edenbridge and Oxted Show.

At Wayland our pair of spring 2016-born heifers, Bassingbourn McFee and Bassingbourn Macey stood first and second in their class, while our cow, Brookhurst Event, stood second with her Diamant-sired heifer calf Bassingbourn Nikita at foot.

Then Bassingbourn Malcolm stood first in his young bull class and teamed up with McFee and Macey to win the group of three class.

Meanwhile, at the Edenbridge and Oxted Show Macey won the maiden heifer class, with McFee standing fourth in the same class, while Event was again second in her class and Malcolm again won his class.

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He then added further success being male champion and reserve champion in the super bull interbreed.
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June 2017: Success at Royal Norfolk Show

This year’s Royal Norfolk Show proved another success for the Bassingbourn herd, with our young team of cattle once again collecting prizes among some strong competition.

In the yearling bulls Bassingbourn Malcolm was second, with Malcolm being another by Dancer and this time out of Melbourne Georgina. He then went on to stand reserve male champion.

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In the same class Bassingbourn Madmax stood fourth, with this young bull being by Huntershall Gladiator and out of Bassingourn Helga.

Then, in the yearling heifers Bassingbourn Macey, a Haltcliffe Dancer daughter out of Bassingfield Freestyle stood second, with her team mate Bassingbourn McFee taking third spot. She is by Coachhouse Infielder and out of Agape.

Malcolm then teamed up with Macey and McFee to take first prize group of three, while Macey was also part of the third prize interbreed team of four.

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May 2017: Great results at Suffolk Show  

A young team of cattle headed off to this year’s Suffolk Show and returned with some good results in strong classes, including winning the group of three class with a trio of yearlings.

Best performer in the team was yearling heifer Bassingbourn Macey, a Haltcliffe Dancer daughter out of Bassingfield Freestyle, with this heifer standing first in her class as well as being in the winning group of three and in the second prize progeny group. She was also part of the interbreed group of three champions group.

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Standing second in his class was Bassingborun Malcolm, a yearling bull by Haltcliffe Dancer out of Melbourne Georgia, with Malcom also in the winning group of three and second prize pair and interbreed champion group.

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Bassingbourn Major, a Gerrygullinane Glen sired yearling bull out of Coachhouse Catherine was then fourth in the same class as Malcolm, while Bassingbourn McFee, a yearling heifer by Coachhouse Infielder and out of Agape was fifth in her class. She was also part of the winning group of three.

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December 2016: New heifer joins Bassingbourn herd

The recent Red Ladies Derby at Carlisle saw the Bassingbourn herd invest 7000gns in a new female line with the purchase of Grahams Lisette.

This November 2015-born yearling heifer is the by the noted Claragh Franco and out of the Grahams herd’s top French cow Cavaliere, herself a Rammadan daughter. Lisette is a maternal sister to the 17,000gns Grahams Gayla and was placed first in her class at Star of the Future 2016.

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Grahams Lisette

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June 2015: New stock bulls get to work at Bassingbourn

A trio of new stock bulls purchased over the last few months have been getting to work with the cows at Bassingbourn, with each of them offering fresh blood for the herd as it continues to improve and expand.

First to join the herd was Proctors Iconic, a son of the 72,000gns Haltcliffe DJ out of Proctors Vanilla, a Sidney daughter. Iconic was bought in Carlisle in October for his stature and natural fleshing, together with great breed character.

Then in the spring we bought Coachhouse Infielder from the Heald family at the spring sale at Newark. Infielder is a son of Coachhouse Eebygum, a bull who’s progeny we’ve liked whenever we’ve seen them and is out of Coachhouse Verve.

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Coachhouse Infielder

And joining the herd after a private purchase is Haltcliffe Dancer, a bull which has been working well in a significant number of herds in southern Ireland having been sold by the Ridley family for AI use in Ireland. Dancer is by the renowned Sympa and is out of Cloughhead Romany.

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Haltcliffe Dancer

We look forward to progeny from all three of these exceptional bulls in the coming years and we’re sure they’ll help us continue to improve the herd as it develops.

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June 2015: Strong results at Three Counties and Norfolk for Bassingbourn herd

The show team came back from this year’s Three Counties Show having acquitted themselves well against strong competition.

Senior stock bull Barts Freestyle was placed second in the senior bull class, with this Clydevalley Arty son much admired by many at the show.

Following along were our two heifers, Bassingbourn Justine who stood fourth and Bassingbourn Jasmine who stood fifth, both in the January to April 2014 heifer class.

Justine is a Goldies Comet daughter out of Cockleshell Donna, a Winnington Trumps daughter, while Jasmine is by Mereside Filip and out of Roughley Faith, a Broomfield Regentcy daughter.

At Royal Norfolk Barts Freestyle continued his good form, standing third in the senior bulls against strong competition.

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May 2015: Barts Freestyle leads bulls at Suffolk Show

Suffolk Show proved successful again for the Bassingbourn herd, with the herd’s senior stock bull Barts Freestyle winning the male championship. Freestyle is a son of Clydevalley Arty out of Wilodge Bream, herself an Oxygene daughter.

In the 2014-born bull class Bassingbourn Judge stood a creditable fourth in a strong line up, with Judge being a son of the homebred Bassingbourn Gladiator out of Mereside Fennel, a Cidre daughter.

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December 2014: Bassingbourn herd comes up trumps in East Midlands herd competition

The Bassingbourn herd was among the top prizes in the 2014 East Midlands Limousin Breeders herd competition, winning second prize in the extra large herd section of the competition.

Alongside this our senior stock bull, Barts Freestyle, picked up third prize in the stock bull class, with Coachhouse Iris being placed second in the best heifer under one year old class and Bassingbourn Icicle being placed second in the bull calf class too.

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May 2014: First show of the season for Bassingbourn

The first show of the season at the weekend saw the team pick up two red rosettes at South Suffolk Show.

In the heifer class Coachhouse Iris stood top of the line, born January 2013 she is by Rachels Ferrari and out of Coachhouse Easterlily, a Bailea Ulsterman daughter. Standing fourth in the same class was the April 2013-born Roughley Impulse. This Chytodden Conan daughter is out of a dam by Mynach Vable.

Bassingbourn Harry won the 2012-born bull class, he is a Grange Fanshaw son out of the Voltige daughter

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April 2014: New heifers head to Bassingbourn

Continuing our policy of investing in top quality female genetics as we build the herd we purchased a brace of heifers from the Coachhouse herd at the Newark Limousin Sale.

The first of these Coachhouse Itsy is a daughter of the 15,000gns Rachels Ferrari and is out of Coachhouse Eleanor, a Coachhouse Amos daughter. She comes with a beef value of +29 and will complement our exisiting herd well.

The other heifer we bought was Coachhouse Inspiration, a March-born yearling by Coachhouse Eebygum out of Coachhouse Bliss, a Bailea Ulsterman daughter. She has a beef value of +30 and has a strong back pedigree including Ronick Hawk, Haltcliffe Hercules, Sympa and Neutron.

We are looking forward to seeing these two heifers grow and develop and have high hopes for them.

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April 2014: Bassingbourn genetics in demand at Newark Limousin sale

The Bassingbourn herd enjoyed a good day’s trading at Newark Limousin sale on Saturday 12 April, with both bulls and heifers from the herd finding new homes.

Taking the best price for the herd was Bassingbourn Gladiator, a 2011-born son of Garnedd Cymro out of Winnington Elderberry, a Nebulon daughter. Shown last year with great success, including being breed champion at the East of England Show and male champion at both Suffolk and South Suffolk, he sold to E Wood and Son, Rotherham, at 3000gns.

The at 2400gns we sold Melbourne Hector, a Coachhouse Constable son out of Vaillante, an Omer daughter. He was bought by D E Sheppard, Huntingdon.

In our consignment of heifers the best price of 1650gns was achieved twice, first for Bassingbourn Honeysuckle, a Brockhurst Ecuador daughter out of Brockhurst Erica, a brockhurst Timbuktu daughter which sold to J Booth, Doncaster, and secondly for Bassingbourn Hivoltage, a Brockhurst Embassy daughter. She is out of Parkhouse Daisy, a Parkhouse Argyll daughter and sold to H Kelsey and Sons, Doncaster.

Following that at 1550gns was Bassingbourn Hotpants. She is another by Ecuador and is out of Brockhurst Event, another Timbuktu daughter.

Three of our heifers then sold at 1500gns, with these being Bassingbourn Hilary, a Grange Fusilier daughter, Bassingbourn Hilda, again by Fusilier and Bassingbourn Harmony, a Grahams Elliott daughter. These all sold to H Kelsey and Son.

We would like to wish all our buyers the very best of luck and every success with their purchases.

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February 2014: Bassingbourn Henry sold privately for £6000

The Bassingbourn herd has recorded a good sale this month, selling Basssingbourn Henry privately from the farm for £6000. Henry is an Ampertaine Abracadabra son out of Roseycombe Elle, herself a Mereside Bigmac son.

April 2012-born Henry sold with a beef value of +31, placing him in the top 10% of the breed. We wish his buyer all the very best with him and look forward to seeing his progeny in future.

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January 2014: Claragh Hotpants joins Bassingbourn herd

We’re pleased to announce the private purchase of young heifer Claragh Hotpants as the latest addition to our female line up. Hotpants is from an outstanding female line, being out of Haltcliffe Avon, dam of 11,500gns Claragh Fantastic and 24,000gns Claragh Franco

Sired by the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus, Hotpants’ full sister was Northern Ireland junior heifer champion in 2013 and she herself comes with a beef value of +33 and ranks highly for both 400-day growth and milk. She will make an excellent addition to the Bassingbourn herd.

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October 2013: New females join Bassingbourn herd

The Autumn Limousin Day sale at Newark saw a quartet of females added to the Bassingbourn herd, with 2008-born cow Roughley Dynasty the first to be bought. This Mynach Vable daughter is out of Roughley Rosie, a Wintles Matchwinner daughter and was bought with her Chytodden Conan sired heifer calf, Roughly Impulse at foot and in-calf to Anside Flint.

Next to come home was Erne Eillen, a 2009-born daughter of Tertio out of Grange Orissa, an Irlandais daughter. She came with a heifer calf at foot, Frogmore Imogen, a Rainbow Simon daughter.

Also joining the load back to Bassingbourn was Withersdale Goddess, a Sympa-sired heifer out of a Salomon daughter. She is in-calf to the shapely sire Powerhouse Elite. and the final purchase of the day was Wealden Hermoine from Brian Baker. This Procters Borrins daughter is out of a Malibu dam and is a March 2012-born maiden heifer.

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June 2013: Good results in strong classes at Royal Norfolk

Finishing up a good run of summer show success for the Bassingbourn herd was our first trip to Royal Norfolk which saw us pick up good results across the board. The highlight of the show was winning the group of three class with three homebred cattle, Bassingbourn Gina, Bassingbourn Headley and Bassingbourn Gladiator.

In their individual classes Gina, a Garnedd Cymro daughter out of Winnington Dorothy, a Vaillant daughter, stood fourth, while Headley, a Carmorn Dauphin son out of Brickill Eureka, a Nouvelle Prospect daughter was third. Gladiator meanwhile maintained his strong form of the earlier shows and stood second. He is by Garnedd Cymro and out of Winnington Elderberry, a Nebulon daughter.

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June 2013: Bassingbourn herd wins breed championship at East of England Show

The show team returned from the East of England Show, Peterborough, with a fistful of rosettes, including the overall breed championship and reserve female championship.

Leading the way for the herd was Bassingbourn Gladiator, with this October 2011-born bull picking up the male and breed championships.

Not to be outdone homebred heifer Bassingbourn Gina, a Garnedd Cymro daughter, was first in her class and was then tapped out as reserve female champion. Homebred bull Bassingbourn Headley, a Carmorn Dauphin son was third in his class, while our in-calf heifer Mereside Fennel, a Cidre daughter out of a Mereside Tobius dam was first in her class too.

Gladiator, Gina and Fennel were then part of the winning quartet in the interbreed beef quartet competition, rounding off an excellent show for the herd.

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May 2013: Gladiator and Fennel in the tickets at Suffolk Show

Our second show of the season, the Suffolk Show, saw the team continue its winning ways, collecting both the reserve male and reserve female championships.

Taking the reserve male championship was Bassingbourn Gladiator, an October 2011-born Garnedd Cymro son out of a Nebulon daughter.

Meanwhile our in calf heifer Mereside Fennel took the reserve female championship under judge Mary Reynolds. This Cidre daughter is out of a Mereside Tobius dam and is due to calve this autumn.

Gladiator then teamed up with our homebred heifer, Bassingbourn Gina, another by Garnedd Cymro, to take third prize in the progeny group class.

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May 2013: Strong start to Show season for Bassingbourn herd

The herd’s opening show of the season, South Suffolk, saw a strong set of results for the early season, with Bassingbourn Gladiator, a Garnedd Cymro son taking the reserve Continental championship.

Gladiator is an October 2011-born bull out of Winnington Elderberry, a Nebulon daughter.

Following closely behind Gladiator was another of our young bulls Bassingbourn Headley. This Carmorn Dauphin son is out of Brickhill Eureka, a Nouvelle Prospect daughter and stood junior Continental champion.

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New heifers head to Bassingbourn

Continuing our policy of investing in top quality female genetics as we build the herd we purchased a brace of heifers from the Coachhouse herd at the Newark Limousin Sale.

The first of these Coachhouse Itsy is a daughter of the 15,000gns Rachels Ferrari and is out of Coachhouse Eleanor, a Coachhouse Amos daughter. She comes with a beef value of +29 and will complement our exisiting herd well.

The other heifer we bought was Coachhouse Inspiration, a March-born yearling by Coachhouse Eebygum out of Coachhouse Bliss, a Bailea Ulsterman daughter. She has a beef value of +30 and has a strong back pedigree including Ronick Hawk, Haltcliffe Hercules, Sympa and Neutron.

We are looking forward to seeing these two heifers grow and develop and have high hopes for them.

 

Good day’s selling at Newark Limousin sale

The Bassingbourn herd enjoyed a good day’s trading at Newark Limousin sale on Saturday 12 April, with both bulls and heifers from the herd finding new homes.

Taking the best price for the herd was Bassingbourn Gladiator, a 2011-born son of Garnedd Cymro out of Winnington Elderberry, a Nebulon daughter. Shown last year with great success, including being breed champion at the East of England Show and male champion at both Suffolk and South Suffolk, he sold to E Wood and Son, Rotherham, at 3000gns.

The at 2400gns we sold Melbourne Hector, a Coachhouse Constable son out of Vaillante, an Omer daughter. He was bought by D E Sheppard, Huntingdon.

In our consignment of heifers the best price of 1650gns was achieved twice, first for Bassingbourn Honeysuckle, a Brockhurst Ecuador daughter out of Brockhurst Erica, a brockhurst Timbuktu daughter which sold to J Booth, Doncaster, and secondly for Bassingbourn Hivoltage, a Brockhurst Embassy daughter. She is out of Parkhouse Daisy, a Parkhouse Argyll daughter and sold to H Kelsey and Sons, Doncaster.

Following that at 1550gns was Bassingbourn Hotpants. She is another by Ecuador and is out of Brockhurst Event, another Timbuktu daughter.

Three of our heifers then sold at 1500gns, with these being Bassingbourn Hilary, a Grange Fusilier daughter, Bassingbourn Hilda, again by Fusilier and Bassingbourn Harmony, a Grahams Elliott daughter. These all sold to H Kelsey and Son.

We would like to wish all our buyers the very best of luck and every success with their purchases.