Roxburgh Hova, a November 2012-born heifer from John Elliot, Roxburgh Mains, Kelso sold for 10,000gns to lead the female trade at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Breeders’ Sale held at Borderway Mart on 13th February 2015 on the evening prior to the Spring Bull Sale.
Full of breeding, Roxburgh Hova is an embryo calf by Plumtree Fantastic and is out of the French cow Nova who is the mother of the multi-title-winning bull Samy (in the herd of Robert Graham). Hova is also a full sister to the 2013 Stars of the Future Senior Champion Roxburgh Homeland. Purchasing the top price were D & V Hill, Whitewall, Great Asby, Appleby-in-Westmorland for their Raysonhall prefix. Roxburgh Hova was sold PD’d in calf to Ampertaine Foreman.
At 8,000gns was Castlenook Iphigenia from Alan Irving, Toppin Castle, Brampton, Carlisle. This April 2013-born heifer is by the Cloughhead Umpire-sired Haltcliffe Braveheart and is out of Castlenook Cassandra whose back pedigree includes Ronick Hawk’s mother, Ronick Esther. Iphigenia was bought Dan Tynan and his Ardlea Herd at Beechhill Farm, Mountraith, Co Laois, Republic of Ireland.
Having bought a number of females at the 2014 Red Ladies & Weaned Calf Sale, Hughes Bros, Portrack Grange Road, Portrack, Stockton on Tees continued to purchase for their growing Brasscastle Herd of 100 pedigree cows. These included: the 5,000gns Roxburgh Hannah, an embryo calf by Wilodge Vantastic and out of the Sympa daughter, Haltcliffe Emerald, and who was sold PD’d in calf to Ampertaine Foreman; as well as Roxburgh Hopscotch, by Goldies Comet and out of Haltcliffe Emerald, also at 5000gns and in-calf to the same sire. Heading to the same home at the 4,500gns mark was the first lot in the ring, Roxburgh Harmony, by Sympa and out of the French dam Perle – making her full sister to the 30,000gns Haltcliffe Emerald – who was sold PD’d in calf to Ampertaine Elgin.
Also realising 5,000gns for John Elliot’s Roxburgh consignment was Roxburgh Hussy to TP Jerman, Church Farm, Caersws, Powys for their Church Herd of pedigree Limousins. Hussy is by the Ryedale Paragon son, Tweeddale Dandare, and is out of the French-bred dam Devise. She went under the hammer PD’d in calf to Roxburgh Gurkha. In all, and capping a fine sale, the Roxburgh herd sold six heifers to average £5,687.50.
Two animals made 3,600gns. The first of these was from the Cloughhead draft on behalf of George Hutton, Setmabanning, Threlkeld, Cumbria in the shape of the August 2012-born heifer Cloughhead Halo, a daughter of the French sire Delicieux and out of Cloughhead Vertigo (by Soleil) when going under the hammer to AJ & SD Heath’s Ternvalley Herd at Eaton House, Eaton upon Tern, Market Drayton.
Also at 3,600gns was the leading price from the Fieldson consignment for JW & MC Fieldson, Poplar Farm, Corringham, Lincs. The two-year-old Fieldson Isabelle is by the Objat son, Sarkley Cossack, and is out of the homebred dam, Fieldson Consort when going under the hammer to SJ Smith, Sunnyhill Croft, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Heading the Gunnerfleet offering at 3,500gns on behalf of Ian Handley, Gunnerfleet Farm, Ingleton, Lancs was Gunnerfleet Highprice who was knocked down to NM Parker, Heights Farm, Silsden, Keighley. The December 2012-born Highprice is an embryo calf by Wilodge Vantastic and is out of Wilodge Priceless, dam of the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus.
6 Heifers - £5,687.50
6 Heifers - £2,397.50
18 Heifers - £2,356.67
11 Heifers - £2,271.82
Overall 64 Females - £2,523.28