LIMOUSIN bulls reached a ceiling of 8,000gns twice at this week’s spring show and sale in Stirling.
There was a good show of bulls, but both the clearance rate and sale average were down on the same period last year. Following a 60% clearance, United Auctions confirmed that 85 lots were traded to level at £4,385 – down over £800 from February 2012 when 75 lots averaged £5,202 in an 88% clearance.
The British Limousin Cattle Society’s chief executive Iain Kerr described trade as ‘realistic’. “Buyers were on a budget which led to cautious bidding. Trade for finished cattle has remained solid, but it’s the rising overheads that have led to lower profit margins.”
First into the salering at 8,000gns was the reserve junior champion Redpaths General from Keith Redpath, Spylaw, Kelso. Born in June 2011, he is by the Irish-bred Mas du Clo son, Lennon Breezer, and is out of the Utah daughter, Grahams Charity. With a Signet beef value of LM23, he sold to Jim and Dave Lindsay from Cairnleith, Kirriemuir, Angus.
Stuart Fotheringham, Dunkeld, Perthshire, realised 8,000gns for the second prize winning Ballinloan Gambler. Born in April 2011, he is by the Nenuphar son, Nebo Dynamite, and is out of the Imprudent daughter, Mereside Nymph. This one has a beef value of LM26 and sold to Messrs Sinclair from Holland Farm, Finston, Orkney.
Judge William McLaren, Muirhouses, Kirriemuir, Angus, awarded the junior and supreme overall championships to Newhouse Black Gladstone, consigned by Drew, Bob and Kay Adam, Newhouse of Glamis, Fofar, Angus. This July 2011 born entry is by the 19,000gns Hudscales Big Boy - reserve champion at Carlisle in November 2007. His dam is the Kype Vandamme daughter, Newhouse Divine. With a Signet beef value LM45, he was snapped up for 7,000gns by Iain Wilkinson, Baldarroch, Perthshire.
Also selling at 7,000gns was the intermediate and reserve supreme champion, Ronick Golfer LM28, brought out by Ronald Dick, Mains of Throsk, Stirling. Born in May 2011, he is by the herd’s 11,000gns stock bull, Sarkley Cromwell, and is out of a home-bred dam by Bailea Olympia – purchased at Carlisle in May 2000 for 14,000gns. Buyer was Mr J Buchan, Lintrathen, Kirriemuir.
The second prize winning Westhall Goldmine came under the hammer at 7,000gns for Messrs Fotheringham, Craighall Farm, Forgandenny, Perthshire. This May 2011 born entry is by the Silex son, Stotsfold Dragon, and is out of a home-bred dam by Gambadou. Buyers were Messrs Fenton, Loanhead Farm, Guildtown, Perth.
The first prize winning Homebyres George LM29 sold at 6,800gns for John Logan from Kelso. Born in April 2011, he is by the Balnacraig Supreme son, Homebyres Vanhee, and is out of a home-bred Grahams Talent daughter. Highest bidder was Ronnie Mackie, The Ross, Madderty, Crieff, Perthshire.
The April 2011 born Drumbreck Glenfiddich LM20 commanded a bid of 6,800gns for David Work from Ellon, Aberdeenshire. This unplaced entry was sired by Sympa, and is out of the Procters Rocco daughter, Shannas Venata. He joins Doldy Farms based at Glenisla, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.
Leading the Northern Ireland Limousin line-up at 5,800gns was the reserve intermediate champion Ballyrobin Glenfiddich LM27, brought out by Joan Gilliland from Antrim, County Antrim. This June 2011 born bull is by the Haltcliffe Vermount son, Procters Commander, and is out of the Ronick Oklahoma daughter, Ballyrobin Ventara. He was secured by Messrs Innes from Dunscroft, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.
The Mas du Clo son, Killmactransa Denman, was behind the breeding of Spage Gussy which sold at 3,500gns for Liam Campbell from Carnlough, County Antrim. This third prize winner was bred from the Elrick Vanguard daughter, Spage Doreen, and sold to Terry Coghill from Muce, Birsay, Orkney.
The April 2011 born Goldies Black Grange realised 2,500gns for Derek Hume from Randalstown, County Antrim. Sired by Goldies Vegas, he is bred from the Lascard daughter, Goldies Cynthia. Buyer was E Caffrey from Enniscrone, County Sligo.
Two Limousin females came under the hammer at 1,650gns and 1,600gns for A G Stevenson. The April 2010 born Clarkton Faith was by Middledale Shergar; while the July 2010 born Muirfield Fiona was by the Oxygene son, Seaview Arthur.