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 and 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.
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.
Commenting on her Champion Lynwen said: “This heifer is powerful, very correct, very sweet, and has tremendous breed character. She showed herself extremely well.”
The Reserve Champion and winner of class two was the November 2013 born Goldies Inchantress from Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries. 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. No stranger to picking out and purchasing some quality Limousin females, Aileen has previously purchased the 15,000gns Emslies Ieryl at Carlisle in 2014 and has met with considerable show success.
Speaking after the sale she said: “Both the Champion and Reserve have tremendous breed character and a depth of bloodlines to work with that will give me great options. They are both full of quality and are terrific foundation females to start and build a herd around.”
“This heifer is powerful, very correct, very sweet, and has tremendous breed character. She showed herself extremely well.”Lynwen Emslie Judge
The forward plan is to show Brockhurst Howzat with her calf at foot next summer and to flush Goldies Inchantress. A further aim through breeding and some embryo work is to build the herd up from its present five females to around twenty five Ritchies prefixed breeding females.
Overall twenty five Red Ladies sold to average £4268 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. Brenmick Joy won the Best Homebred Heifer prize in the 2014 North West Midlands and North Wales Limousin Herd Competition. More recently she lifted the Pure Bred and Continental Championship at the East of England Smithfield Winter Fair when shown by Tecwyn Jones, Llanwrst, Conwy, and was also second in a class of ten heifers at the Welsh Winter Fair. Purchasing this heifer was the noted suckled calf breeder John Richardson, Ghyll House, Dufton, Appleby-in-Westmorland who first saw Brenmick Joy whilst judging her at Eglwysbach Show.
Another heifer with ‘exceptional muscle and style’ was Romford Jessica who sold to 9200gns for Gordon Brooke Estate, Upper Huntlywood Farm, Earlston, Berwickshire. This November 2014 born heifer is by the £40,000 AI sire Plumtree Fantastic and is out of Ampertaine Ecstasy a female bought privately for the Romford herd. Buying Romford Jessica was Steven Wilson who runs the Impulsive pedigree herd at Corby Hill, Carlisle.
The previous lot, Nebo Janice, made 5500gns when selling to the Reddragon herd of TH & HE Price, Pencraig Farm, Trelech, Carmarthen. Another quality female this October 2014 heifer is by Huntershall Gladiator and is out of Nebo Bunny who was the Reserve Champion Female at the 2008 Royal Welsh Show. Nebo Janice was bred and sold by the vendor Mei Thomas, Bryn Farm, Nebo, Llanrwst, Conwy.
10,000gns Oddacres Lemmy sets new record mark at Limousin Weaned Calf Sale
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. Oddacres Lemmy is out of Oddacres Giselle a Homebyres Dixon son. After some spirited bidding the record price bull calf was purchased by James Cooper for his Tomschoice pedigree herd at Hill Top Farm, Dacre, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The very next lot in the ring, Oddacres Ludwig also from John Mason, made 4000gns when selling to JR Sheard, Low Common Farm, Almondbury, Huddersfield. This March born heifers calf is also by Gallois and is out of Oddacres Honeybun.
Making the top price in the heifer calves was Millgate Lucy at 7500gns from 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 & 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. Buying this calf was JN Swinbank, Cold Comfort Farm, Neasham, Darlington, Co.Durham.
At 5000gns was the bull calf Saunders Lualua from A&W Watson, Slaggyford, Brampton, Cumbria. May 2015 born this calf had stood first in the second class of bull calves shown prior to the sale. He had also placed third prize young bull in the 2015 North West Limousin Region Herd Competition. By Saunders Dimitri and out of Saunders Ulala, Saunders Lualua was bought by R & IA Watson, West Hindon, Woodland, Bishop Auckland.
Winning the pre-sale class of weaned calf heifers was Melbreak Lucerne from James & 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.
Also at 4000gns was Procters Lilac from Procters Farm Ltd, Woodhouse Lane, Slaidburn, Nr Clitheroe. By the prolific Ampertaine Foreman, this April 2015 calf is out of the Haltcliffe DJ sired Procters Gwen. With strong figures and a Beef Value of LM+46 this heifer calf was purchased by Greensons Limousins, 2 Tunbridge Court Bottisham, Cambridge.
25 Red Ladies £4267.20
20 Weaned Bull Calves £2850.75
20 Weaned Heifer Calves £2226.00