Summer Sale of Pedigree Limousin Bulls & Unhaltered FemalesFriday 8th June
Crossdykes bull tops sale at 5,200gns
The August 2010 born Crossdykes Fusilier from J Common & Son, Crossdykes, Lockerbie, Dumfries, made the top price of 5,200gns at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Summer Bull Sale held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday, June 8th 2012. Crossdykes Fusilier, who carries a Beef Value of LM+30, is by the Cloughhead Lord son Culnagechan Bullseye and is out of the homebred dam Crossdykes Blossom, a Redpaths Pelican daughter. Going locally, Crossdykes Fusilier, who was the first bull in the ring, was purchased by Southwick Farm Est, Southwick House, Southwick, Dumfries.
A solid sale for the Crossdykes Herd was confirmed when the very next bull, Crossdykes Fritz, sold for 4,000gns. Featuring similar breeding, this 30th August 2010 born bull is also by Culnagechan Bullseye and is out of ather Redpaths Pelican daughter in the shape of Crossdykes Bambi. This bull with a Beef Value of LM+33 also sold locally when going to Stroquhan Estate, Dunscore, Dumfries.
Crossdykes Fusilier 5,200gns
The Crossdykes Herd comprises of 20 breeding females and continues to be a consistent seller at Limousin sales. At the corresponding 2011 fixture at Carlisle, the herd secured the sale’s second top price of 5,000gns for the Culnagechan Bullseye-sired Crossdykes Energise.
At what is the Society’s traditional final fixture of the summer round of official Limousin bull sales, 22 out of the 23 bulls forward sold to average £3,855 – up by £722 on the year. Eighteen bulls in all made over 3,000gns.
Taking the second top price of 5,000gns was Sportsmans Firestone from Boden & Davies Ltd, Mellor Hall Farms, Mellor, Stockport. An embryo calf, Firestone carries a depth of breeding being by the 50,000gns sire Wilodge Cerberus and out of Ravenelle, the mother of Wilodge Vantastic. September 2010 born and with a Beef Value of LM+33, Sportsmans Firestone was purchased by G & I Turnbull & Sons, Whashton Spring Farm, Richmond, North Yorkshire.
At 4,800gns was Redrock Fernando from JW & MC Fieldson, Poplar Farm, Corringham, Gainsborough, Lincs. November 2010 born, Redrock Fernando was purchased as a calf at foot at the Redrock Dispersal Sale on behalf of breeders JS & JO Dodd, West View, Temple Sowerby, Penrith. Sired by the prolific AI bull Fieldson Alfy and out of Redrock Belle, Redrock Fernando was purchased by HR Hayton & Son, Asby Grange, Great Asby, Appleby, Cumbria.
Ather from the Fieldson stable, Fieldson Grace, made 4,000gns when selling to K Rodney & Sons, Leighton Grange, Healey, Masham, North Yorkshire. By the Objat-sired Sarkley Cossack, this January 2011 born bull is out of the Goldies Uppercrust daughter Fieldson Celia.
J & J Aiken, Corbally Rd, Carnew Dromara, Dromore, Co Down made 4,500gns when selling the October 2010 born Carnew Formulaone. This bull is by the 100,000gns Haltcliffe Vermount and is out of the Ocean-sired Carnew Anastacia whose pedigree on the dam line also features Redpaths Jaguar. Selling with a Beef Value of LM+31, Carnew Formulaone was purchased by WA McCoskry, Netherthird, Castle Douglas.
From the same vendors, the next bull in the ring, Carnew Flyhalf, realised 3,800gns. Ather by the ted Wilodge Vantastic, and out of Sweetwall Redlady, this calf went rth when purchased by EJ MacArthur, Newton of Budgate, Cawdor, Nairn.
Averages: 22 Bulls £3855 (+£722)
Norman Gentle leads breeders sale of females at 7,200gns
Following on from the Limousin bull sale, Friday 8th June also featured an official British Limousin Cattle Society Breeders’ Summer Sale of females and youngstock at Borderway Market, Carlisle. The sale featured consignments from ten herds in all and saw a total clearance of the 80 females offered for sale. A further seven young bulls completed the sale.
Continued demand for Limousin females was again apparent with purchasers consisting of breeders, new establishing herds, and commercial producers. Leading the way at 7,200gns was the stylish maiden heifer Norman Gentle from ES & E Norman, Little Orton Farm, Little Orton, Carlisle. March 2011 born, Norman Gentle is by the Haltcliffe Ullswater son Glangwden Bigboy and is out of the homebred Greenwell Major daughter Norman Butterly. Purchasing this heifer was Charlie Boden, Boden & Davies, for the Sportsmans pedigree Herd based at Mellor Hall Farm, Mellor, Nr Stockport, Cheshire. The top price heifer was one of three significant purchases made on the day for Boden & Davies’ Sportsmans Herd as they went on to buy Ironstone Faragh and Ironstone Freestyle from Smiths of Bloxham for 3800gns, and 3000gns respectively.
In all, the Norman Herd sold 13 maiden heifers on the day to average just under £3,000. Comprising of 130 cows, the Norman Herd sold a batch of females in February followed by a production sale of heifers here. The sire of Norman Gentle, Glangwden Bigboy, was purchased for the Norman Herd at Carlisle for 6,500gns.
The third top sale price of 4,200gns also went to Messrs Norman and was paid for Norman Groovy, ather Bigboy daughter. This June 2011 born heifer is out of Norman Ali, a daughter of the herd’s ted stock bull Heathmount Trojan. With a Beef Value of LM+37, Norman Groovy was purchased by Messrs Hunter, Juries House, Glanton, Alnwick, Northumberland, for their establishing Juries pedigree herd.
At 3,300gns was the April 2011 born Norman Gabriel. This heifer is a daughter of Heathmount Trojan and is out of the Dyfri Maestro-sired Norman Trinkett who features Broadmeadows Cann on the dam line. Purchasing this animal for export to the Republic of Ireland was MD Davis, Castlebrock, Ballinenee, Co Longford.
The second top price in the females came from an offering of eight cows with calves at foot from John R McKeen, Hartlaw Farm, Silloth, Wigton. This was in the shape of the 4,300gns paid for Hartlaw Colette who was sold with her December 2011 born heifer calf at foot. Hartlaw Colette is a five-year-old cow who is French bred being by Satan and out of Union. Her calf at foot, Hartlaw Gabrielle, is by Carmorn Dauphin. Purchasing this outfit was JR McCann, Cunquhie Mill, Letham, Cupar, Fife who runs the Millfields pedigree Herd.
The largest consignment of maiden heifers, eighteen in all, was put forward by Smiths of Bloxham, Newlands Farm,Milton Road, Bloxham, Banbury. Leading their trade was Ironstone Faragh at 3,800gns. This heifer, November 2010 born, is by the herd’s prolific sire Wilodge Vantastic and is out of the Jockey daughter Tweedside Ultimo. Faragh was one of the purchases for Boden & Davies’ Sportsmans Herd.
At 3,200gns was ather Wilodge Vantastic daughter, Ironstone Frolic. Again November 2010 born, Frolic, who carried a Beef Value of LM+33, is out the French-bred Toscanne. She was purchased by HJ & A Francis & Son, Penllwyn, Llanfyllin, Powys. This was one of four purchases on the day by HJ & A Francis & Son who run the Cain pedigree Herd. Also at 3,200gns was the October 2010 born Ironstone Fanciful. By Teddy, this heifer is out of the Wilodge Vantastic-sired Ironstone Candy. The purchaser was the Parker pedigree Herd of TP Atkinson, Meadow View, Newland, Nr Ulverston, Cumbria.
Averages:Eves Herd 5 Maiden Heifers £1827.00Hartlaw Herd 8 Cows suckling calves £2638.13Ironstone Herd 18 Maiden Heifers £2444.17Norman Herd 13 Maiden Heifers £2948.08 Middledale Herd 15 Maiden Heifers £1848.00Millington Herd 11 Maiden Heifers £1737.27 Other Females 3 Cows suckling calves £3290.00 4 Maiden Heifers £1575.00 7 Youngstock Bulls £1249.50