Limousin bulls met a buoyant trade at the breed society sale at Carlisle with 121 bulls averaging £6,418, an increase of £691 for 87 per cent clearance.
Leading the trade at 28,000gns was Alagils Jambon from Alasdair and Gill Macnab, Dingwall. The October 2014-born son of Netherhall Gallant is out of Alagils Gillie, and its granddam is the herd’s top show cow, Alagils Ainsi.
The buyers were Eric and Elaine Norman, Little Orton, Carlisle.
The second top price was 21,000gns for first prize winner, Goldies James, from Bruce Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries.
By Goldies Fandango, out of Goldies Fairytale, which Mr Goldie describes as his best breeding cow and who also produced the heifer which he sold for 10,000gns the previous evening.
James was knocked down to Heald and Co, Retford, Nottinghamshire, for their Coachhouse herd.
Four bulls made 20,000gns, including the show’s reserve supreme champion and reserve intermediate champion, Dinmore Jacot, from Paul Dawes, Hereford. By Requin, whose semen is no longer available on the open market, its dam, Dinmore Caprice, is also the mother of Dinmore Immense, male champion at the 2015 Royal Welsh Show. It was knocked down to Messrs Ridley, Hesket New Market, Cumbria.
Also taking a 20,000gns bid were W.J. and J. McKay, Maghera, Northern Ireland. This was for first prize winner, October 2014-born, Ampertaine Jefferson, by Ampertaine Elgin, which went to H.B. and L.J. Lear, who run the Turville herd in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.
Also travelling from Northern Ireland was the third 20,000gns bull, Lynderg James, the reserve senior champion. This Lynderg Hero son was consigned by Jim Quail, Banbridge, County Down, and went home with William Dick and Sons, Stirling.
The fourth bull to sell at 20,000gns was the junior male champion, January 2015-born, Procters Lone Ranger, from Proctors Farms, Clitheroe. It is the result of a frozen embryo bought from the Glenrock herd. By Goldies Comet is out of Glenrock Spangle, making it a full brother to the record-breaking female, Glenrock Illusion which sold for 125,000gns. It sold to the Gascoines Group, Southwell, Nottinghamshire.
Limousin females met a flying trade selling to 18,000gns twice.
The first lot in the ring, Claragh Layla from J.D. Rainey, Kilrea, Co. Derry, sold for the joint top price at 18,000gns. This January 2015-born embryo calf is by Wilodge Vantastic out of Haltcliffe Avon making her a full sister to 24,000gns stock bull Claragh Franco. The buyer was Gareth Small, Kilkeel, County Down.
Selling for the same money was April 2014-born Haltcliffe Juniper from Messrs Ridley, Haltcliffe, Hesket New Market. By the French sire, Galant, out of Haltcliffe Fern, it sold to John Richardson, Appleby, Cumbria who also paid 15,000gns for another from the Ridleys, Haltcliffe Justina, by Cloughhead Umpire, out of Haltcliffe Duchess.
At 10,000gns was Goldies Jessica from Bruce Goldie, Mouswald. Another daughter of Cloughhead Umpire, this September 2014-born embryo calf is out of Goldies Fairytale, and sold to A. Phillips, Reading.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.