A packed ringside of buyers ensured a 100% clearance of the 72 females forward at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s sale held on the evening of Friday 15th February at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. This tradition fixture preceded the sale of Limousin bulls the following day.
The year on year demand for pedigree Limousin females continued unabated as pedigree and commercial breeders competed for the lots resulting in an overall gross of £158,040.
Leading the sale was the 6500gns paid for the in-calf heifer Grahams Nicky from R& J Graham, Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Bridge of Allan, Stirling. This June 2017 born heifer is an embryo calf by the 35,000gns Foxhillfarm Jasper and is out of the herd’s prolific female Grahams Coffee. Sold in-calf to Ampertaine Gigolo, Grahams Nicky was purchased by MacParlim Genetics, Beleeks, Newry, NI for their McParlands herd.
Ian Handley, Gunnerfleet Farm, Ingleton, Lancashire, kicked off what was to be a strong weekend of trading for him, with both bulls and females, by taking the next four top female prices. Selling at 6000gns was the maiden heifer Gunnerfleet Nigen. An embryo calf, Nigen is by Ballinloan Jaegerbomb and is out of the Dolcorsllwyn Brynmor sired Gunnerfleet Imogen. Gunnerfleet Nigen was one of four purchases on the evening by Mr NR Barclay, South Road, Insch, Aberdeenshire, for his Harestone herd. Two lots later the same buyer snapped up Gunnerfleet Neaster for 5000gns. A natural calf, Neaster is by the 17,000gns Maraiscote Graffiti and is out of Gunnerfleet Easter. Ballinloan Jaegerbomb was again the sire when Ian Handley sold Gunnerfleet Nation for 4600gns to the Harestone herd. A natural calf, and August 2017 born, Gunnerfleet Nation is out of Gunnerfleet Jination, a Gunnerfleet Eros daughter.
Making 4000gns was Gunnerfleet Nou who sold to Mike Watson & Son, Harwood, Barnard Castle, Co Durham. Once more by the 24,000gns Ballinloan Jaegerbomb, this October 2017 born heifer is out of Gunnerfleet Jou and is the first granddaughter of Ellora, the mother of the noted Gunnerfleet Hicks, to be offered for sale.
Romford Money from the Gordon Brooke Estate, Upper Huntlywood Farm, Earlston, Berwickshire also sold for 4000gns. Full of breeding this June 2016 born heifer is by the noted AI sire Haltcliffe Vermount and is out of the 20,000gns Ronick Honey who was Champion at the 2013 Red Ladies Derby. Served by Romford McTavish, Romford Money was bought by Messrs Fawcett & A Wagstaff, Calvo, Wigton, Cumbria.
The third animal at the 4000gns mark was Swalesmoor Nadena from Kedzlie Farm Ltd, Kedzlie Farm, Blainsie, Lauderdale. A May 2017 born embryo calf, Nadena is by the 140,000gns Trueman Jagger and is out of the 26,000gns Dinmore Dena, a daughter of the noted Dinmore Athena. Taking this animal home was Messrs Thomas for their Teifi herd at Dolgwm Uchaf, Pencarreg, Llanybydder, Carmarthenshire.
From the same home Swalesmoor Nevis made 3700gns when selling to Appelbys Farming, Louth, Lincolnshire. Again by Trueman Jagger this June 2017 born maiden heifer is out of the Elrick Bravo daughter Swalesmoor Ivy.
Continuing his good run, Ian Handley sold Gunnerfleet Nuna for 3500gns. Once again by Ballinloan Jaegerbomb, this June 2017 heifer is by Gunnerfleet Ciluna who is out of Gunnerfleet Suna. Purchaser this time was the Beldow herd of DC & KL Hutchinson, Old Spital Farm, Stainmore Road, Bowes, Barnard Castle.
72 Females £2195