TWO bulls from the Allanfauld and Ronick herds respectively made 6000gns and lead the sale trade at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s May 2013 Stirling sale held within United Auction’s Multibreed sale on Monday 6th May.
A tidy show of Limousin bulls saw 33 of the 39 forward sell (85%) to average £3592 and gross £118,545. Ten bulls in all made 4000gns and over.
In the pre-sale show bulls from Archie and John MacGregor, Allanfauld, Kilsyth, Glasgow had taken both the Champion and Reserve Champion tickets under the judge Michael Norman of the Norman herd based at Little Orton Farm, Carlisle, Cumbria. Of these two bulls, both by the Irish bred stock bull Cappaduff Aaron, it was the Reserve Champion Allanfauld Grandnational that went on to secure the day’s joint top price of 6000gns.
This July 2011 born bull is out of the homebred Allanfauld Bindaree and was sold with a beef value of LM+37 to the RSPB, Loch Gruinart Reserve, Aoradh, Bridge End, Isle of Islay. Cappaduff Aaron was bought privately by the MacGregors out of the Tully test centre in the Republic of Ireland and his progeny has been sold up to 8000gns to date.
The Overall Supreme Champion Allanfauld Giddy, by the same sire, made 5000gns when selling to the Scottish Government’s Bull Stud at Knocknagael Farm, Essick Road, Inverness. Also July 2011 born this bull is out of the Ardbrack Taketime daughter Allanfauld Biddy and had a beef value of LM+31. Speaking of his Champion bull the judge Michael Norman said: “This is a very balanced, sizeable bull with width, style, presence and good breed character. Both the Champion and Reserve bulls were very similar in type.”
The joint top price on the day of 6000gns was also attained by the May 2011 bull Ronick Globe from Mr R Dick’s Ronick herd locally based at Mains of Throsk, Stirling. This bull is by the 16,000gns Nebo Director and is out of the Fieldson Topaz sired Ronick Alice. Purchasing this bull was RH Kennedy, Edinbeg Farm, Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute.
Jonathan Watson, with bulls from his Tweeddale herd at Bowsden Moor, Bowsden, Berwick-upon-Tweed, made 4600gns, 4000gns, and 3000gns respectively. His top price of 4600gns was for Tweeddale Grizzly, a Newhouse Cyclone son. Out of the Ballinloan Rascal sired Griseburn Davina, this December 2011 born bull, a first prize winner, went to the other end of the United Kingdom when purchased by PR Weldhen, Roserrans Farm, St. Columb, Cornwall.
Another bull purchased by Knocknagael Farm, one of three in total, was the 4500gns Emslies Goldenballs from Harry Emslie, Kinknockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. October 2011 born this bull is an AI son of the 22,000gns Derriaghy Enfield, the Broadmeadows Cannon son bought in partnership with the Anside herd, Braehead Farm, Drummuir, Banffs. Out of Heathlands Sweetheart, bought as an in calf heifer at the Heathlands Dispersal sale, this bull was sold with a LM+33 beef value.
Harry Emslie’s other bull for sale was the first prize winning Emslies Greekgod which made 3500gns when selling to Liam Muir, Orkney. July 2011 born this bull is an embryo calf also out of Heathlands Sweetheart and was sired by Nenuphar.
The bull stud at Knocknagael Farm also took home the 4200gns Spittalton Grant from local breeder Andrew Burnett, Upper Spittalton, Blair, Drummond, Stirling. Entirely homebred Spittlaton Grant is by the Wilodge Vantastic sired Spittalton Denzil and is out of the Orme B dam Spittalton Corrie.
Making the same price of 4200gns was Kype Glen from Ron Cruickshank, Little Kype Farm, Strathaven. With plenty of shape, this May 2011 born bull is by t Djerk sired Kype Cosworth and is out of Kype Catriona whose pedigree features both the noted Gabarit and Cloughhead Lord bulls. Purchasing this bull was Mr and Mrs W Thompson, Nether Glasslaw, New Pitsligo, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.