Ampertaine and Culnagechan bulls make 16,000gns

Foxhillfarm Jasper - Overall Champion at Carlisle - 35,000gns
Foxhillfarm Jasper - Overall Champion at Carlisle - 35,000gns

Bulls from Northern Ireland once again featured strongly in the top prices at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s May Sale held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Saturday May 2nd.

Derek Hume, Randalstown, and James McKay, Maghera, made 16,000gns respectively for their bulls whilst Mark Stewart, Randalstown sold his bull for 13,000gns.

Nine bulls in all forward from six Northern Ireland breeders grossed 74,800gns to average just over 8,300gns.

Underpinning the commercial confidence in the Limousin breed the sale as a whole saw a strong demand right across the catalogue that resulted in an 84% clearance of bulls forward and an average of £5728 for the 117 bulls sold. Three more bulls were sold on the year with two bulls making 29,000gns and over and 32 in all making 6000gns and over.

The first bull at 16,000gns, the sale’s joint fourth top price bull, was the first prize winner from class eight, Culnagechan Instructor from Derek Hume, Randalstown, Co Antrim. November 2013 born, Instructor is got by AI being by the Glenrock Ventura son Ampertaine Elgin and out of Carmorn Velvet a Kype Spartacus daughter whose last three bulls have achieved Intermediate & Senior Championships at Carlisle and an Overall Supreme Championship at Ballymena with an average of over £10,000 for four bulls. This bull was purchased by Messrs AE Neachell & Son who runs the pedigree Shrubbery herd at Daniels Lane, Aldridge, West Midlands. A solid day all round, Derek Hume also sold the Carmorn Copilot sired Culnagechan Interpol for 5,000gns and the Culnagechan Exceptional son Culnagechan Inspector, for 3500gns.

Also at 16,000gns, and another Ampertaine Elgin son, was Ampertaine Inferno from James McKay, Upperlands, Maghera, Co Derry. This bull who stood third in class thirteen is out of the prolific dam Kype Tiffany who has had progeny sell up to 14,000gns previous to this sale. Another bull to go to a pedigree breeder, the December 2013 born Ampertaine Inferno was purchased by Mr JH Neale & Son for their Nealford pedigree herd at Wilkie Down, Boyton, Launceston, Cornwall.The increasingly prolific Ampertaine Elgin was bred by James McKay and sold by him in May 2011 at Carlisle for a then N.I. Limousin record price of 32,000gns. On the May 2015 sale day day James McKay also sold Ampertaine Iconic, a Claragh Franco son, for 3800gns.

It was a first class Carlisle sale debut for Mark Stewart, Randalstown, Co Antrim, who sold Lenagh IQ for 13,000gns to the Keskadale herd of KD Harryman, Keskadale Farm, Keswick. This November 2013 born bull had placed as the Intermediate Champion and Overall Reserve Champion in the pre-sale show. Got by the AI sire Claragh Franco, a Wilodge Vantastic son, Lenagh IQ is out of the homebred Lenagh Chanel who is a full sister to the mother of the noted females Dinmore Elle and Dinmore Glorious in the Dinmore herd of Paul Dawes.

Francis Owens, Sixmilecross, Omagh, sold Drumduff Ian for 7,000gns. This calf by the famous Ronick Hawk is September 2013 born and is out of the Goldies Oswald sired Drumduff Una. The purchaser was A&H Sim & Son, Rorandle, Monymusk, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.

Selling at 6,000gns was Craigatoke James from Martin Conway, Plumbridge, Omagh. This bull was the first prize winner in the second youngest class of the day. January 2014 born Craigatoke James is yet another Ampertaine Elgin son and is out of the Wilodge Vantastic sired Craigatoke Emma. This bull was purchased by the Whitehouse Farm Partnership, Somerset.

Francis McAuley, Toomebridge, Co Antrim made 4500gns for his October 2013 born bull Carmorn Icebreaker. This bull is totally homebred being by Carmorn Cantona and out of the Soprano sired Carmorn Emer. Purchasing this bull was TG Taylor, Penrith, Cumbria.

Commenting, BLCS Chief Executive Iain Kerr said: “Northern Ireland Limousin breeders consistently bring top quality bulls to sell at the Society’s sales in Carlisle and as such have a good following. The bulls coming forward are both breeders’ bulls and real commercial bulls in type with length, width, and good muscling. The N.I. bulls sold to good money at what was a very strong sale for the breed as a whole.”

Sam Chesney, Newtownards, Co Down was in action when purchasing the black coated Newhouse Black Ivanhoe for 6200gns from RM Adam & Son, Newhouse of Glamis, Forfar, Angus. This December 2013 born bull is by Greenhaugh Forester and is out of Newhouse Flick.

Foxhillfarm Jasper from Michael & Melanie Alford, Foxhillfarm, Cullompton, Devon made 35,000gns and led the sale. Foxhillfarm Jasper, an embryo calf, is by the Wilodge Vantastic son Loosebeare Fantastic and is out of the herd’s noted cow Bankdale Alice. He was one of a terrific pen of four embryo calves from the Alfords, all the same way bred, who made 35,000gns, 29,000gns, 19,000gns, and 14,000gns to gross 97,000gns on the day. Along the way Foxhillfarm Jasper was crowned Junior & Overall Supreme Champion at the pre-sale show whilst Foxhillfarm Jupiter (29,000gns) was placed Reserve Junior. Foxhillfarm Justthejob (14,000ngs) stood second in his class to the Supreme Champion with Foxhillfarm Jackflash (19,000ns) standing second in his class to the Reserve Supreme Champion.