Limousin bulls sold to average £4,600, a drop of £1,200/head on last year, but they finished with a clearance rate of 80 per cent, the best of all the breeds, and a top price of 11,500gns.
Iain Kerr, chief executive of the Limousin society said: “Buyers were clearly looking at calving ease figures in their purchases, as well as bulls with plenty of muscle and power. We had a really encouraging clearance rate which underpins confidence in the breed.”
The reserve junior champion took the top bid of 11,500gns. This was the June 2017-born bull, Westhall Norris, by Westhall Jammy and out of Westhall Freespirit. Consigned by Mary Fotheringham and Hazel McNee, Dundee, it caught the eye of D. Walker and Sons, Girvan.
Following this at 11,000gns was another from the same home, Westhall Nathan. The paternal half-brother to Norris is out of homebred cow, Westhall Hlame and it sold to Peter Alexander, Blairgowrie.
Next at 9,000gns was the reserve overall champion, Anside Nemesis, consigned by the Irvine family, Keith. By Haltcliffe Dancer son, Powerful Irish, a stock bull which sired their 12,00gns champion at the May Stirling sale. It is out of one of the herd’s top cows, Bailea Cadee and sold to A. Kennedy and Son, Haddington.
Realising 7,200gns was an April 2017-born bull from J.R. MacGregor, Glasgow. Dyke Nilegod, by homebred, Dyke Gandalf is out of Dyke Amazon, a Haltcliffe President dam. It went home with J. and J. Wylie, Crossford.
Another from the same home sold for 6,500gns. This time it was Dye Nero, an April 2017-born bull by Netherhall Gilbert, out of Dyke Glam, it was knocked down to R. Easson and Son, Kirriemuir.
Making the same money and selling to William Thomson and Son, Kelty, was Bangtidy Notorious from Andrew Hyslop, Stirling. It is by Grahams Lorenzo, a Claragh Franco son, and out of Dynamite Henrietta.
Next, at 6,000gns was a May 2017-born bull from J. Burnett, Stirling. Spittalton Norman, by Dinmore Jeanpierre is out of homebred cow, Spittalton Fifi. It sold to the Scottish Government bull stud, Inverness.
Making the same money and selling to A. and R. Paton, Avonbridge, was another from Messrs Burnett, Spittalton Nebraska. Also by Dinmore Jeanpierre, this time it was out of homebred Spittalton Harriet.
Also knocked down at 6,000gns was Westhall Nickson again from Fotheringham and McNee. The bull by Westhall Jammy is out of Westhall Highhope and went home with John W. McEwan and Son, Balfron.