24,000gns Brockhurst Howzat takes honours at 2015 Red Ladies Derby

Millgate Lucy - 7500gnsWayne Hutchinson / www.farm-images.co.uk
Millgate Lucy - 7500gnsWayne Hutchinson / www.farm-images.co.uk

The Limousin breed finished its pedigree sale year on a high at the annual Red Ladies Derby and Weaned Calf Sale with the three-year-old Brockhurst Howzat from WJ & M Mash Ltd, Torrington Farm, Chesham, Bucks selling for a sale topping 24,000gns.

There was a breed record also in the Limousin Weaned Calf Sale when Oddacres Lemmy, a March 2015 born bull calf from AJ Mason, Odd Acres Farm, Skipton, North Yorkshire made 10,000gns. The sales were held on Friday 11th December at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.

Melbreak Lucerne - 4000gns. Wayne Hutchinson / www.farm-images.co.uk

Melbreak Lucerne - 4000gns. Wayne Hutchinson / www.farm-images.co.uk

An embryo calf Brockhurst Howzat is by Wilodge Vantastic and is out of Brockhurst Bolshoi the 2014 Royal Highland Breed Champion. Full of breeding, Bolshoi is by Grahams Samson and out of Ronick McAinsi. Described as one of the best females bred in the Brockhurst herd, this first calver was sold Pd’d in calf to Ardglasson Highlander the 2013 Scottish Limousin Grand Prix Champion.

Purchasing the Champion animal was Aileen Ritchie, Tamala, Burnside, Whitecairns Aberdeenshire for her Ritchies pedigree herd.

Earlier in the day in the pre-sale show Brockhurst Howzat had come through a strong line-up of first prize winners to be given the Championship nod by the judge Lynwen Emslie who along with her husband Harry runs the noted Emslies herd at Kinockie, Mintlaw, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

The Reserve Champion was the November 2013 born Goldies Inchantress from Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries.

Brockhurst Howzat - Overall Champion - 24,000gns. Wayne Hutchinson / www.farm-images.co.uk

Brockhurst Howzat - Overall Champion - 24,000gns. Wayne Hutchinson / www.farm-images.co.uk

Another powerful heifer with tremendous length Inchantress is by Kaprico Germander, a Sympa son, and is out of Goldies Etoile a daughter of the prolific female Goldies Vitality. Along with this heifer, who was sold as empty, Bruce Goldie offered one grade A frozen embryo sired by Ampertaine Gigolo (the sire of the world record breaking Trueman Jagger. The Reserve Champion was also purchased by Aileen Ritchie.

Overall twenty five Red Ladies sold to average £4,268 which was up £1051 on the year for five more sold. The clearance rate was a very healthy 89%.

Selling at 10,000gns, and the second top price on the day, was the June 2014 born Brenmick Joy from the two-cow herd of Robert Jones, and his daughter Helen, at Pen-Y-Bryniau, Abergele, Conwy.

As well as taking first prize in class five Brenmick Joy also won the Sid Bowe Perpetual Challenge Trophy awarded to the best maiden heifer.

A heifer with real shape and muscle she is by the Wilodge Vantastic son Elite Forever Brill and is out of the Haltcliffe Olympus daughter Brenmick Anna.

Purchasing this heifer was the noted suckled calf breeder John Richardson, Ghyll House, Dufton, Appleby-in-Westmorland.


In the Limousin Weaned Calf sale, following directly after the Red Ladies Sale, a new breed record for the fixture was set when Oddacres Lemmy sold for 10,000gns for John Mason, Odd Acres Farm, Emsay, Skipton, North Yorkshire.

This March 2015 born bull calf, described as “probably the most extreme bull calf bred in the herd”, is the first to be offered at a society sale by the sire Gallois a French bred bull who was imported at eight months old having been purchased from French breeder Cathy Patureau. The sire’s back pedigree features both the noted bulls Jacot and Sauvignon.

The record price bull calf was purchased by James Cooper for his Tomschoice pedigree herd at Hill Top Farm, Dacre, Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

Making the top price in the heifer calves was Millgate Lucy at 7500gns from local breeder Michael Loughran, Dunamore, Cookstown, Northern Ireland. This January 2015 calf had placed as the Champion Calf at the NI Limousin Championships held in July and stood second at Carlisle in the pre-sale class of heifers. She is by the Saphir sired Norman Ely and is out of Millgate Hotstuff a daughter of the 32,000gns Millgate Fame. Millgate Lucy was purchased jointly by John Richardson, Ghyll House, Dufton, Appleby, along with G and JA Sedgewick, Ricknall Grange, Aycliffe, Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham.

Willie Barron, Morrow Edge Farm, Co Durham made 6000gns when selling the January 2015 born Barrons Lumberjack. A calf with a top 10% beef value of LM+42, Lumberjack is by the noted Wilodge Cerberus and is out of the Ampertaine Commander daughter Barrons Hopeful and now heads to JN Swinbank, Cold Comfort Farm, Neasham, Darlington.

Winning the pre-sale class of weaned calf heifers was Melbreak Lucerne from James and Alison Callion, Dromore, Shaneragh, Co. Tyrone. By the Nenuphar son Dolcorsllwyn Brynmor this February born heifer is out of Melbreak Geneva a Wilodge Vantastic daughter.

Purchasing this calf at 4000gns was Mr DF Turner who runs the 135 strong pedigree Bassingbourn herd at Bassingbourn Farm, Fordham, Ely.