Maraiscote Idol from Ian Nimmo, Bogside Farm, Newmains, Wishaw, Lanark sold for 10,500gns and led the trade at the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) Sale held at Stirling Market on Tuesday 3rd February 2015.
This second prize-winning May 2013-born bull is by the herd’s prolific sire Goldies Comet and is out of Maraiscote Bop, a Normande Urquhart daughter. Carrying a Beef Value of LM+46, the upstanding top priced bull was purchased by the commercial producer H MacKay, Wester Tomloan, Ardclach, Nairn. Throughout, the sale was very much driven by commercial buyers with 62 bulls sold to average £4,625.00. 24 bulls in all made 5,000gns or more and there was a solid overall clearance rate of 63%.
The second top price of the day was the 9,000gns paid for Spittalton Ionesco from Andrew Burnett, Upper Spittalton Farm, Blair Drummond, Stirling. Earlier in the day this bull had been placed as the Overall Supreme Champion at the pre-sale show by the Judge Alastair MacNab, Kildun Cottage, Dingwall who runs the Alagils Herd. This is the second Supreme Championship that the 80 cow Spittalton herd has now won at Stirling Limousin Shows & Sales
The champion bull, born in April 2013, is got by the French AI sire Bolide and is out of Spittalton Unison, by Ronick Jalopy. With a Beef Value of LM+30, the Champion headed south when purchased by LD Carr, Upper Higham, Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire. At the Stirling October 2014 Sale, Messrs Carr had purchased the 11,000gns Spittalton Imperial from the same seller.
Speaking of his champion, the judge Alistair MacNab said: “I was looking for bulls to meet the market and carrying length, width, having good growth potential, and good locomotion. This bull just fitted the bill and plenty of style and breed character. He is a bull that could easily do the job both pedigree wise and commercially.”
Spittalton Ionesco is the second Bolide sired calf sold at sale from the herd with the first having made 7500gns. Also at the Stirling Sale, Andrew Burnett sold three further Spittalton bulls at 4,000gns and 3800gns twice.
In addition to his top price, Ian Nimmo enjoyed a good sale day all round with a strong line-up of bulls. From class four, the April 2013 born Maraiscote Iggypop made 8,000gns to pedigree breeder and commercial producer Mr J Thomson, Hilton of Beath Farm, Kelty, Fife. This bull is another by Goldies Comet and is out of the Tyddyn Mei-sired Maraiscote Allie.
At 6,500gns was the first prize winner Maraiscote Ike. By the Irish-bred Rocky son, Macschoice Chris, this bull is out of the Virginia Andy daughter Maraiscote Doreen. July 2013-born, he sold to B Buchan, Clinterty, New Aberdour, Fraserburgh. Other Maraiscote bulls realised 5200gns, 3000gns and 2500gns respectively.
Selling two bulls, both heifers’ calves, at 8000gns and 7500gns respectively was the Elrick herd of Michael Massie, Mains of Elrick, Auchnagatt, Ellon. Both bulls were sired by the Haltcliffe Underwriter sired Craigatoke Dundee. At 8,000gns was Elrick Inca the second prize bull to the Supreme Champion. April 2013-born, this bull is out of Elrick Flash, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter. Purchasing Elrick Inca was Messrs Cameron.
At 7,500gns was the Reserve Supreme Champion Elrick Icon the red ticket winner from class four. This long stylish bull again by Craigatoke Dundee is out of the heifer Elrick Foxglove, a Ryedale Paragon daughter. Elrick Icon, who had ran with 30 cows in the summer, had placed second in the young bull section of the Scottish Limousin Club’s herd competition in 2014. Purchasing the Reserve Champion was J Lyon, Little Kilchattan, Kingarth, Isle of Bute. At the corresponding 2014 Stirling Sale, the 40 cow Elrick herd secured the Supreme Championship and top price of 12,500gns for another Craigatoke Dundee son, Elrick Handsome.
Securing a final bid of 6,500gns was the well-bred Reserve Junior Champion Springsett Islander from Dougie McBeath & Sarah-Jane Jessop, Lower Greenyards Farm Bannockburn, Stirling. By Hafodlas Garnedd, he is out of Blairpark Utopia, a Ronick One daughter. July 2013-born, this young bull calf sold to Messrs Cadzow, Duncrahill, Pencaitland, East Lothian. Hafodlas Garnedd was originally purchased as the first son sold at sale by Hafodlas Domino the Individual Interbreed Supreme Champion at the 2012 Royal Highland Show. At a sale from the Springsett herd in 2014 Hafodlas Garnedd made 11,000gns. Blairpark Utopia made 5500gns at the same sale.
nother at 6,500gns was the senior March 2013-born bull, McInnes Igolo, consigned by the establishing herd of Ashley McInnes, Cowick Farm, Thorne Road, East Cowick, Goole. A first prize winner in the day’s opening class, this bull is by Strattons Donis, a Lowgate Adonis son. A heifer’s calf he is out of the homebred McInnes Florence (by Vagabond). Heading to the islands he was purchased by BG & J Abbott, Duich Farm, Bowmore, Isle of Islay.
Redpath Farms, Bowmont Court, Heiton, Kelso sold Redpaths Indigo for 6,000gns to J&J Wylie, Knockhouse Farm, Crossford, Dunfermline. This May 2013 born bull, by the noted Ampertaine Foreman, is out of Redpaths Classy, a Roundhill Ufestin daughter, and carries a Beef Value of LM+42.
Also at 6,000gns was Grahams Iceberg from Mr & Mrs R&J Graham, Airthrey Kerse, Bridge of Allan, Stirling. An embryo calf by the German polled sire Tigris, he is out of the Jersey-sired Nova, the dam of the multi title winning bull Samy. Purchasing this bull was J Paterson, Kildarroch Farm, Kirkcowan, Newton Stewart.
The very first bull into the ring made 5,800gns when knocked down to W&J Brown, Hilton of Culsh, New Deer, Turriff. This was Cillcon Hiphop from WJ Smith, Fairview, Old Greentowers, Cartland, Lanark. Bred in Ireland by John Moloney, this September 2012-born bull is by Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the French-bred dam Etole, making him full brother to Ardnacrusha Hilarious Female Champion at the Limousin All-Ireland Derby in July 2013.
Trading at 5,700gns was Homebyres Islay from John Logan, Humebyres, Kelso. The second prize bull to the Reserve Supreme Champion, Homebyres Islay is by the homebred sire, Homebyres Gregory (a Kaprico Davelle son), and is out of the Homebyres Vanhee-sired Homebyres Goralie. JW Fullerton, Corsbie, Earlston, Berwickshire are the new owners.
Dyke Iggy from Messrs JR MacGregor, Dyke Farm, Milton of Campsie, Glasgow was bought for 5,600gns by Herries Farms, per Smiths Gore, Castle Street, Dumfries. By Cloughhead Ace, this May 2013-born intermediate bull is out of the Cappaduff Aaron daughter Dyke Damsel and sold with a Beef Value of LM+46.
At 5,500gns was Ronick Itunes, the May 2013-born Intermediate Champion from Ronald Dick, Mains of Throsk, Stirling. By Rathconville Eugene and out of the Bailea Olympia-sired Ronick Utella, he was snapped up by Messrs Taylor, Alves, Elgin. Ronick sold two more bulls, Ronick Impulse & Ronick IQ at the 5,000gns mark. The herd secured two first prizes, as well as the Intermediate Championship and sold seven bulls in all.
Leading the trade for Limousin females at 4,000gns was the homozygous black and polled December-2012 born heifer Aintree Hallieberry from Steve Jones and Richard Pilkington, Shordley Hall Farm, Hope, Wrexham. Sired by Kajo Responder, she is out of Belldoon Dutchess, a Cole Magnum daughter and sold in-calf to Goldies Forever Black.
62 bulls £4,625
3 Females £2,625
Auctioneer: United Auctions