Culnagechan Iceage hits top price of 4,300gns at Ballymena

Reserve Senior Male Champion and top priced animal 4,300gns Culnagechan Iceage bred by D Hume & Sons, Randalstown
Reserve Senior Male Champion and top priced animal 4,300gns Culnagechan Iceage bred by D Hume & Sons, Randalstown

The British Limousin Cattle Society’s Show & Sale held on Monday, 4th May at Ballymena Livestock Mart saw another solid trade for the breed with 33 bulls finding new homes at a clearance rate of 85% and to an average of £2,688.

Females were also in strong demand with all 23 females sold at a clearance rate of 100%, and selling at an average of £1,947, up by £114 on the corresponding sale in 2014. Two females were also sold for export.

Realising the top price of 4,300gns on the day was Culnagechan Iceage bred by D Hume & Sons, Randalstown.

This July 2013 born bull stood as Reserve Senior Champion at the pre-sale show judged by local commercial man Kyle McCall, Armagh and his power and style had caught the eyes of local buyers. This bull is sired by one of the herd’s stock bull Carmorn Copilot and is out of the dam Kype Amy, a Cloughhead Lord daughter. Weighing 768kgs at 400days, and holding a beef value of LM35, he now heads to the new home of commercial breeder Ross Millar, Newtownstewart.

Gaining the second top price of 3900gns was Annadale Indiana bred by C Murray, Cullyhanna. This October 2013 born bull is sired by Ampertaine Foreman, who sold in February 2012 at Carlisle for 38,000gns, and out of the homebred dam Annadale Annabell Indiana was purchased by James Savage, Newtownards.

Next was Trueman Image Reserve Intermediate Champion selling at 3400gns for H Savage & Sons, Altnamackin. This November 2013 bull is sired by Emerson and is out of the dam Hollybank Oprah. He now heads to William Herron, Althmackin, Newry.

Fetching the top price of 3100gns in the females was Millgate Julia bred by M Loughran, Dunamore. This June 2014 born heifer with style and shape was picked as Female Champion and Overall Reserve Supreme Champion in the pre-sale show. This heifer is sired by Norman Ely and is out of a home bred dam Millgate Gina, a Condor daughter. She now heads to new owner D Miller, Dungiven.

Another Millgate heifer, Millgate Juliet, fetched the second best female price of 2600gns. This was another June 2014 born heifer that had stood in second place to Millgate Julia in her class. She is sired by Millgate Fame and is out of homebred dam Millgate Evette.

With a Beef Value of LM38 she now heads to the new home of Steven Wilson, Carlisle, who also purchased another heifer Pointhouse Jane at 2,100gns.

Third top price for females 2,400gns went to Croobview Izzy bred by J & D Jardine, Banbridge.

This May 2013 born heifer is sired by Wilodge Tonka out of dam Glarryford Tammie and now heads to R Gault, Ballyclare.

The NI Limousin Cattle Club thanks J A McClelland for hosting the sale, sponsors Connon General Merchants and Ulster Bank Ltd, and judge Kyle McCall for participating in the event.