A strong year of pedigree Limousin sales closed with a robust trade at the Red Ladies Derby and Weaned Calf Sale held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 14th December 2018
Leading the way, for the third year in a row, was the Grahams herd of Robert and Jean Graham, Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Bridge of Allan, Stirling. The herd sold the September 2017 born Grahams Nicki to a sale topping price of 20,000gns. The leading price followed on from earlier in the day when the stylish heifer lifted the Red Ladies pre-sale show Supreme Championship judged by Sarah Priestley of the Brontemoor Herd, Brampton, Cumbria.
Grahams Nicki is the first granddaughter to be offered for sale from the herds prolific cow Grahams Coffee. By Ampertaine Gigolo she is out of Grahams Lulu, who is the only daughter from the Grahams Coffee Claragh Franco mating to be retained by the Grahams herd. Nicki came to the Red Ladies Derby having won the Senior Female and Reserve Overall Senior Champion at the 2018 Stars of the Future event at Stirling back in November. This much-admired heifer, very pleasing on the eye, backed up with a powerful pedigree and figures to match, was secured by Stuart Perkins, Haywood Farm, Radstock, Avon for his growing Hartmoor herd, which having been established earlier this year now runs to 10.
Next in the price stakes, at 17,000gns, was the pre-sale show Reserve Champion in the shape of Proctors Nellgwyn from Proctors Farms Ltd, Slaidburn, Clitheroe. This September 2017 born heifer, by Ampertaine Foreman out of the Haltcliffe DJ daughter Proctors Gwen, was another purchase for Stuart and will be heading down to Avon with Grahams Nicki.
Speaking after the sale Stuart said “I am delighted to have secured these two fantastic animals to bring new bloodlines into my growing herd. Although I couldn’t be at the sale myself, I had done my homework and picked these two out beforehand, they were exactly what I was looking for. The fact that they were 1-2 in the Championship judging is a super bonus and gives me confidence that I am looking in the right places for my purchases”.
Two heifers made 12,000gns, the first being Huntershall Nebraska from Stephen Nixon, Wigton, Cumbria. This March 2017 born heifer is a Ballinloan Jaegerbomb daughter out of Huntershall Hattie, a powerful Homebyres Vanhee daughter and one of the herds milkiest cows. Making this purchase was Neil Barclay, Crathes, Banchory for his Harestone Limousin herd. At 11,000gns Neil also secured the 12-month-old Grahams Naughtyspice from Robert and Jean Graham. This heifer comes from one of the strongest dam lines in the breed, her dam being the noted Milbrook Gingerspice, the only animal to win Breed Champion and Interbreed Champion at Balmoral Show on three consecutive years. Naughtyspice is full sister to 20,000gns Grahams Michael, 25,000gns Grahams Malibu, Red Ladies Champion in 2017 and the 2018 show star Grahams Melody.
At 12,000gns came the class winner Wilodge Naturelle from the Wilodge herd at Shifnal, Shropshire. Born November 2017 she is the first female to be offered for sale by Grahams Lorenzo. Her dam Wilodge Diamante combines two of the herds renowned maternal lines in Vantastic and Cerberus, highly productive in the Wilodge and several other herds. Making the winning bid was M and J C Gould, Shrewsbury, Shropshire for their Woodmarsh Limousin herd.
The Wilodge herd had sold a cow and calf unit early in the day to 10,500gns. Sold separately, first up, and making 4,500gns, was Wilodge Heron, a 2012 born cow by the Sympa son Ampertaine Bravo out of Wilodge Erona, a Rocky daughter. In calf to Grahams Lorenzo she was bought my Messrs Walker and Son, Driffield, Yorkshire for their Wilfholme Limousin herd. The same buyer then made the winning bid of 6,000gns for her eight-month-old Lowerffrydd Empire sired heifer calf Wilodge Orona.
At 10,000gns came another female from the Grahams team, this time in the shape of Grahams Nightingale. Out of Grahams Jemimah this 12-month-old heifer is one of the first Goldies Jackpot daughters to be offered for sale. Securing this stylish heifer was Owen Comer for his Braydonside Limousin herd at Braydon, Wiltshire.
Speaking after the sale Robert Graham said “I am over the moon with the results from today, both in the show and sale ring. Securing a hat-trick like this does not happen overnight, it takes many years of breeding and commitment from the whole team. I am particularly pleased that these heifers sold today are a new generation of females from the herd, I am sure they will all go to serve their new owners well”
In the bull section of the Weaned Calf Sale, Aultside Overdrive from Garry Patterson, Keith made a new weaned bull calf record price of 16,000gns when the gavel went down to Ian Handley for his Gunnerfleet pedigree herd at Ingleton, Lancashire. The eight-month-old calf, who was tapped out as the best bull calf in the pre-sale show earlier in the day, is an embryo calf by the renowned Ronick Hawk. He is out of Spittalton Flush, who has bred bulls to 65,000gns, Aultside Meanmachine, Supreme Champion at Carlisle in February, and heifers to 18,000gns for Aultside Mystique, Red Ladies in 2017.
From the Weaned Heifer Calf Sale, the hammer went down at 11,000gns for Haltcliffe Ode from the Haltcliffe herd of Craig Ridley, Wigton, Cumbria. This January 2018 born natural calf is by Dinmore Jacot out of Haltcliffe Jingle, who’s breeding goes back to the renowned Sympa. Ode, who had been tapped out as the best heifer calf in the pre-sale show was bought by Gary Morrissey, County Carlow, Eire.
Making 10,000gns, and, also from the Weaned Heifer Calf Sale, was another January 2018 born youngster Foxhillfarm Oriel from Mike and Melanie Alford, Cullompton, Devon. This embryo calf is by the prolific Ampertaine Gigolo and is out of the stylish show winner Foxhillfarm Gracie. Oriel, correct and feminine, came to Carlisle having been shown at Agrifest in Exeter where she was Champion Limousin Female. She was bought by Chris White for his Frogmore herd at Moreton-in-Marsh, Glouestershire.