NI breeding shines at Carlisle

Haltcliffe Imperial - 28,000. Res Junior Champion
Haltcliffe Imperial - 28,000. Res Junior Champion

Fresh from taking the top price at the Society’s Dungannon Sale on the Monday, Henry Savage & Sons, Altnamackin, Newry, sold two further ET sons combining the same breeding of Ampertaine Elgin and Trueman Euphonium for 17,000gns and 12,500gns respectively at Carlisle.

At the 17,000gns mark was the third prize-winning bull, Trueman Idol, who now heads to the Garnedd Limousin herd of KI & E & HI Jones, Bryn Ddraenan, Padog, Betws-y-Coed, Gwynedd.

An August 2013-born embryo calf, Trueman Idol is by Ampertaine Elgin and is out of the homebred dam Trueman Euphonium, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter who won the National Limousin Show in 2011.

Realising 12,500gns was the same-way bred Trueman Iglesias, a red ticket winner who sold to the Fieldson prefix of JW & ME Fieldson, Poplar Farm, Corringham, Gainsborough, Lincs.

Also making headlines at 12,500gns was Millgate Invest from Michael and Christina Loughran, Cookstown.He was purchased by Kevin Watret, Northfield Park, Annan, Dumfriesshire for his Annanview prefix. August 2013-born, Millgate Invest was a Swarland Eddie son and out of Millgate Emma, a Mas Du Clo granddaughter, who is full sister to the 18,000gns Millgate Caesar, Supreme Champion at Carlisle in February 2009.

Topping the sale was Haltcliffe Imperial from Haltcliffe, Hesket New Market, Wigton trading at 28,000gns. An embryo calf, Haltcliffe Imperial is by Ampertaine Elgin and is out of the highly noted dam Cloughhead Romany. August 2013 born, this calf had placed as Reserve Junior Champion in the pre-sale show judged by Eric Gethin of the Camlas Herd at Cwmcaebitra, Newtown, Powys. Purchasing the top price bull was Procters Farm Ltd for their Procters pedigree herd at Woodhouse Lane, Slaidburn, Nr Clitheroe. His sire was bred by James McKay, Upperlands.

It was a terrific couple of days for Eric & Elaine Norman, Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, Carlisle who from a fine pen sold bulls at 22,000gns and 20,000gns respectively and seven in all to gross 68,000gns.

At 22,000gns was Norman Inventor.

This October 2013-born bull, who stood second in his class to the Normans’ Junior Champion, is by the herd’s prolific sire Claragh Franco and is out of the Heathmount Trojan daughter Norman Crystal. This bull went for export when sold to Michael Phillips, Doon West, Gurteen, Co. Sligo, Eire.

At 20,000gns was the Norman’s Junior Champion & Overall Supreme Champion Norman Infusion, another by the Wilodge Vantastic son, Claragh Franco, who was purchased for 24,000gns in May 2011 when Junior Champion at Carlisle for NI breeders Paul Rainey.

Also October 2013 born, Norman Infusion is out of the Glangwden Bigboy daughter Norman Elsie. This was the first Supreme Championship for the Norman Herd of 120 breeding females which is run by Eric & Elaine together with their sons Craig & Michael. Norman Infusion went one better than their Reserve Overall, the 18,000gns Norman Aphrodite back in 2007.

Purchasing the Champion here was James Tennant Ltd who run 150 suckler cows alongside the 20-strong Lissett pedigree herd at Manor House Farm, Fraisthorpe, Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

Commenting, Nick Tennant said: “This was a typical modern Limousin, a good mover with a great second thigh, and whose sire is breeding very consistently.”

In all, seven bulls made 10,000gns and over with 33 making 5,000gns or more.

Commenting on the trade, BLCS Chief Executive Iain Kerr said: “It was a solid sale that saw a 71% clearance of the 129 bulls forward for sale. Averages from the high set last year were back a bit but very much in line with 2013. Following on from the Stirling sale last week that’s over 150 bulls sold to average over a very healthy £5150.

“Breeders had brought forward a good show with plenty of choice for the commercial man. Purchasers have been able to secure some first class bulls at sensible prices and offering real value.”


23 Senior Bulls - £4,231.96

37 Intermediate Bulls - £5,369.19

31 Junior Bulls - £6,713.23

Overall 91 Bulls - £5,539.62

Auctioneers: H&H