It was a world record breaking day at Carlisle last Saturday when the April 2014 born Limousin bull Trueman Jagger from Henry Savage and Sons, Altnamackin, Newry, Co. Down sold for a remarkable 140,000gns.
The average of £8,709 in this breed society autumn show and sale was up by more than £3,200 on the year and also £467 up on the previously existing Limousin sale record. It is also a new UK all-breeds record. Some 127 bulls were presented for sale and 85 changed hands.
Both Jagger, and the second highest priced bull at 45,000gns, were sired by Ampertaine Gigolo.
Widely described before the sale as one of the best Limousin bulls ever seen at a breed society fixture, the ET-bred young bull also had figures to match. After winning the pre-sale supreme championship and having been a prolific show winner all summer, Jagger sold jointly to Michael and Melanie Alford, Cullompton Devon; Paul Dawes, Dinmore, Hereford; Messrs Jenkinson, Clifton, Penrith; Gareth Lee and C.M. Lloyd. Kidwelly, Dyfed, and Kedzlie Farms, Lauderdale, Galashiels.
He is one of the first progeny from Ampertaine Gigolo and is out of Trueman Grazia, a Haltcliffe Vermount daughter. This cow had been supreme champion at the 2011 Red Ladies Sale before selling to Holland for 14,000gns.
Breeding from the Ampertaine herd of James McKay, Upperlands, Maghera, Co. Derry also secured the reserve championship. The Gigolo son Jamboree - also April 2014 born --,is out of the Wilodge Cerberus daughter Ampertaine Fifi and sold at 45,000gns to the Ronick herd of W. Dick and Sons, Mains of Throsk, Stirling. Four Ampertaine bulls grossed 83,000gns.
Selling at 24,000gns was the junior champion, Ballinloan Jaegerbomb from Stuart Fotheringham, Ballinloan, Dunkeld. Another summer show winner, Jaegerbomb is by Ampertaine Foreman. Purchaser was Gunnerfleet herd owner Ian Handley, Ingleton, Lancashire.
Stephen Nixon, Southfield, Wigtown, made 22,000gns for his May 2014 born Huntershall Jeronimo, selling to Andrew Burnett, Blairdrummond, Stirling. Jeronimo, is an ET calf by Requin, and out of the same cow which produced Mr Nixon’s 32,000gns Huntershall Gladiator in an earlier sale.
Procters Farm, Slaidburn, Lancashire were in the market at 20,000gns for Goldies Jurassic from Bruce Goldie, Mouswald, Dumfries. By home-bred sire and dam – the sire by Wilodge Vantastic --- Jurassic had stood second in class to the eventual supreme champion.
The top individual price for females was 4,500gns paid by S. and K. O’Kane, Huby, York, for the first cow into ring, the 2009 born Grahams Ethel from John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso. This successful show and breeding female’s yearling heifer calf, Roxburgh Jadore by Sympa, also came under the hammer and made 3,500gns to G. Hendry, Keith, Banffshire. The same vendor also made 3,400gns for a May 2013 born heifer by Omer, selling to D. and V. Hill, Appleby-in-Westmorland, and at the same price, N. and E. Cruickshank, Lanark, sold Normande Hooker, an April 2012 heifer with heifer calf at foot, to Keith Causer, Grandborough, Rugby.
20 senior bulls £5,796; 36 intermediates £10,717; 29 juniors £8226; 85 bulls £8709. 25 females £2,373.
Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.