LIMOUSIN BREEDERS offered around 40 females including haltered and draft entries and, while pedigree herds claimed some of the choicest lots, there were several commercial suckler herd owners in action on the ringside.

Lockerbie-based breeder Peter Henshall took the championship with Ringway Tuppence, an in-calf heifer by Redpaths Pelican and out of a Manitou-sired dam. She had a beef value of +13 and was in-calf to Ringway Ulysses. Buyer at 1650gns was J Macan, Fife.

He also claimed the reserve female champion taking Ringway Ursinia at 1320gns. This 2003-bred maiden heifer was by Malibu and had a beef value of +19.

Demand was patchy for Limousin females but pedigree breeder Steven Irvine from Aberdeenshire took advantage of a smart young cow from a draft offered from Paul Byas’ Middledale herd at Driffield. Middledale Rhododendron is by Heroique and was suckling a November-born bull calf by Newhouse Nox. She made 1600gns.

Another from this draft, the 1999-bred cow Middledale Promise, made 1350gns to Miss P Forbes, Blairgowrie.

Fife-based breeder D Orr’s draft from his Keirsbeath herd peaked at 1650gns for a 2002-bred heifer by Bailea Nelson and in-calf to Ryedale Orion. She realised 1650gns to J A Davies, North Wales who matched the bid for another in-calf heifer by the Bailea bull.

Averages:

33 females averaged 937 (last year seven averaged 1995). (United Auctions)