Limousin bulls sold to 50,000gns to average £6,272, down £1,167 on the year at Carlisle, but greater numbers in the intermediate section saw an average of £7,119, a rise fo £199 from last year. The clearance rate was 76 per cent.
Topping the trade was Cloughhead Neville giving brothers, Tom and Phil Hutton, Setmabanning, Keswick, their best price to date. The bull was a favourite of their late father George, who regularly sourced bulls from France. A natural calf by Gultime, a bull imported in 2012, out of Cloughhead Hogmanay, a Wilodge Cerberus daughter, it sold to Paul and Christine Tippetts, Shifnal.
Next at 17,000gns was the junior champion, Gunnerfleet Next, from Ian Handley, Ingleton, Lancashire. By Ballinloan Jaegerbomb and April 2017-born, it sold to Jimmy and Donald MacGregor, Glasgow. From the same home making 12,000gns was Gunnerfleet National, by Plumtree Fantastic. The buyer was Messrs Richardson, Cockermouth.
Another by Jaegerbomb, Gunnerfleet Navigator, also from Mr Handley, which has double copies of the F94L gene, sold for 11,000gns to Columbjohn Farm, Exeter.
Bruce Goldie, Mouswald, sold four bulls to average £13,388 led by two at 16,000gns. First was the reserve intermediate and reserve overall champion, Goldies Novelty, by Ampertaine Gigolo, which was knocked down to Neil and Stuart Barclay, Banchory. At the same money was Goldies Nelson, a son of Goldies Juggler, also with a double copy of the F94L gene, which went to Messrs Lear, Aylesbury.
Two September 2017-born embryo brothers by Dinmore Immense which secured the top two tickets in their class for Jim and Andrew Gammie, Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, sold at 14,000gns and 13,000gns. The second prize winner, Westpit Nevada, went to J. Thompson, Penrith, and the reserve junior champion, Westpit Nashville, sold to Redpath Farms, Kelso.
At 12,500gns, was another by Ballinloan Jaegerbomb, Huntershall Nando, from Stephen Nixon, Wigton, selling to Messrs Forster and Son, Hexham.
Paul Cairns, Nottingham, paid 12,000gns for Lenagh Nitro, by Cloughhead Tommy, consigned by Mark Stewart, Country Antrim.
There was a 100 per cent clearance for the 72 females on offer which peaked at 6,500gns for the in-calf heifer Grahams Nicky from Robert and Jean Graham, Bridge of Allan. The June 2017-born heifer is an embryo calf by 35,000gns Foxhillfarm Jasper out Grahams Coffee and sold in-calf to Ampertaine Gigolo to MacParlim Genetics, Newry, Northern Ireland.
Ian Handley, Ingleton, Lancashire, took the next four top female prices. At 6,000gns was the maiden heifer Gunnerfleet Nigen, an embryo calf by Ballinloan Jaegerbomb out of Gunnerfleet Imogen. It was one of four purchases by Neil and Stuart Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire, who also paid 5,000gns for Gunnerfleet Neaster for by the 17,000gns Maraiscote Graffiti and 4,600gns for Gunnerfleet Nation by Ballinloan Jaegerbomb.
AVERAGES: 40 senior bulls, £4,786.88; 36 intermediate bulls, £7,119.17; 32 junior bulls, £7,514.06; 108 bulls overall, £6,372.36; 72 females, £2,195.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.