Limousin bulls met were a strong trade at the breed society’s early spring sale at Borderway peaking at 65,000gns to average £7,540 for the 104 bulls sold, up £871 on the year with a clearance rate of 87 per cent.
In the junior section, which included the pre-sale show champion and reserve, the average for the 28 bulls was £10,834, a record section average for the Limousin breed at Carlisle.
Leading the trade was the junior and overall champion, Aultside Meanmachine from Garry Patterson, Keith which had been senior Limousin championship and overall senior continental champion at Stirling’s Stars of the Future Calf Show last year. An embryo calf by Wilodge Cerberus out of Spittalton Flush the August 2016-born bull is a full brother to 55,000gns Aultside Hulk and 18,000gns Aultside Mystique. The buyers were Matt and Craig Ridley from the Haltcliffe herd, Hesket New Market, and Procters Farm, Slaidburn managed by Gary Swindlehurst.
An internet bid of 30,000gns secured Ian Handley’s Gunnerfleet Mongo, from his Gunnerfleet herd, Ingleton, Lancashire. First prize junior bull and an embryo calf, Mongo is bred from Gunnerfleet Ilocks, a Plumtree Fantastic daughter by the AI sire, Ampertaine Gigolo. It was knocked down to A. Renton and H. Redden, Berwick upon Tweed.
Next at 28,000gns selling to the Wilodge herd, Shropshire, was another junior class winner, Lenagh Morpheus from Mark Stewart, Randalstown, Co Antrim. The September 2016-born embryo calf is bred from the Broadmeadows Cannon sired Lenagh Chanel by Plumtree Fantastic.
Co-Tyrone based Kieran McCroy received 22,000gns for his September 2016-born embryo calf, Bernish Memphis, bred from Bernish Julifortune, an Ampertaine Elgin daughter by Fairywater Haig. It sold in a two-way split to A. H. and K. J. Booth, Sheffield and G. J. Lee and C. M. Lloyd, Calogale Beef Semen Sales, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire.
At 20,000gns came Telfers Munster, the reserve Intermediate champion, from Malcolm Telfer and Helen Claxton, Stocksfield, a freelance stock partnership selling their first Limousin bull at auction. A natural born calf by Lodge Hamlet, it went to Henry Savage and Sons, Newry, Co Down and Dan Tynan, Co Laois, Eire.
The reserve junior and reserve overall champion, Westpit MacGregor, by Ampertaine Gigolo, from A. and J. Gammie, Laurencekirk sold at 15,000gns to T. W. Oliver, Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
AVERAGES: 36 senior bulls, £5,670; 40 intermediate bulls, £6,916.88; 28 junior bulls, £10,833.75; 104 bulls overall, £7,539.81 (+£871.39.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.