LIMOUSIN bulls sold to 30,000gns and averaged £6,668.42 which is £1,057.98 up on the year with a 91 per cent clearance at the breed society sale at Carlisle.
The sale leader was October 2015-born Swalesmoor Liam, an ET son of Cloughhead Umpire and Nebo Favourite, which had been a winner at the National Limousin Show in 2016. Consigned by the Swalesmoor Partnership, Kedzlie Farms, Lauderdale, it was sold in a two-way split to Messrs Ridley for the Haltcliffe herd, Wigton and R.S. Harker and Sons, for the Honeymoor herd, Kendal.
Two bulls sold for 22,000gns. First was the junior champion, Swarland Likelylad from A. and D. Proctor, Morpeth. September 2015-born by Fairywater Haig and out of Swarland Fanciful, it was knocked down to Neil Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire.
At the same money was the reserve junior champion, Gunnerfleet Lion, an October 2015-born son of Gunnerfleet Hicks out of Gunnerfleet Ilocks from J. and I. Handley, Ingleton, Lancashire. The buyer was Messrs Jenkinson, Penrith.
The intermediate and overall champion, Foxhillfarm Louisvuitton, from Michael and Melanie Alford, Cullompton, Devon sold for 20,000gns. August 2015-born by Guards Boomer out of Foxhillfarm Gracie, it went to John Penny and Sons, Rawdon, West Yorkshire.
G. Cameron, Acharrade, Argyll, paid 19,000gns from Maraiscote Lothario, the reserve overall champion, a July 2015-born son of Goldies Comet. It was consigned by J. and J.F. Nimmo, Wishaw, Midlothian who then paid 18,000gns for class winner, Westpit Lowry, a son of Ardglasson Highlander from A. and J. Gammie, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire.
Also selling for 18,000gns was Hightown Leon by Waindale UFO from John Smith-Jackson, Haltwhistle. The buyers were J.C. and J. White, Middleton-in-Teesdale.
Females topped at 5,800gns paid by W. Richardson, Dufton, for Barrons Maisey, a February 2016-born heifer by Mereside Godolphin out of Barrons Hansy. It was consigned by Willie Barron, Durham who also took 4,200gns for another by the same sire, March 2015-born Barrons Ladybird. The buyer of this one was S. and S. Hough, Pontefract, West Yorkshire.
Two January 2015-born heifers from John Elliot, Kelso also sold for 4,200gns each. The first, Roxburgh Lagrande, by Ampertaine Foreman went home with S. Littlewood, Holmfirth. The other, Roxburgh Liberty by Millgate Fame was knocked down to J.W. and M.E. Fieldson, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.
27 senior bulls, £5,323.89 (+£1,153.73); 51 intermediate bulls, £6,967.06 (+£1,240.36); 36 junior bulls, £7,253.75 (+£157.35); 114 bulls, £6,668.42 (+£1,057.98); 40 females, £2,494.50.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.