Crowds Gather for Ronick Herd production Sale DebutBy Jeremy Hunt

 SCOTTISH LIMOUSIN breeders David and Ronald Dick earned a cool £345,000 last weekend when they staged a production sale of 95 head from their influential Ronick herd.

The sale, at Borderway Mart, produced a top call of 20,000gns from leading Aberdeenshire stockbreeder Harry Emslie for the maiden heifer Ronick Telma.

The Ronick herd has been at the forefront of the breed since it was established in 1980, but this was its first production sale.

Telma, by the Marron son Bailea Olympia, traces back to the Cannon-sired Ronick Elma which produced the 10,000gns Ronick Member. The first 30 Member sons from the Greenwell herd averaged £5148. Telma was part of the winning progeny group at the International Limousin Congress in August.

Heading for Northern Ireland at 18,000gns was the appropriately named Ronick Money bought by D B Mairs and Son, Co Antrim. This 1996-bred cow has two lines to Talent through her sire Ronick Gains and her dam, by Canon.

Money was second in the strong cow class at the ILC. She was suckling a baby heifer calf by the Ami son Ronick Rio Grande. The Mairs also gave 6000gns for the served heifer Ronick Tweenie, a Bailea Olympia daughter that won her class at the ILC show and was in-calf to the Lascard son Ronick Rascard.

Mr and Mrs D Wheeler continue to add some outstanding stock to their herd in Devon and paid 7000gns for the maiden heifer Ronick Tess.

She is by Goldies Porterhouse, a privately purchased son of Malabar.

Skye Beef of Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, took two of the highest-priced lots. The company gave 6500gns for Ronick Peanut – a 1999-bred daughter of Newhouse Leigh, suckling a heifer calf by Bailea Olympia – and 4800gns for the eight-year-old cow Ronick Melke.

Averages: 47 cows £3959, 17 maiden heifers £4261, 29 served heifers £2780 and two bulls £3045 (Harrison and Hetherington).