Limousin females peaked at 2,700gns at the British Limousin Society’s collective sale at Ballymena on Saturday (11 Jan).
A steady trade throughout resulted in a good clearance rate of 86% – up 2% on the year – albeit the average was down slightly by £93.36 (the same number averaged £1,670 in 2013).
Trade topper was Castlerock’s R Savage’s November-2012 born heifer Aghadolgan Hesme, sired by the Objat son Cloughhead Ernie and out of the homebred dam Aghadolgan Filly – a Sympa daughter. She was purchased by H Miskelly, Ballynahinch, who bought 21 lots in total.
Two topped at 2,300gns. The first of these was the April-2012 heifer Rahoney Heather from the stable of Messrs H and D McFarland, Trillick. This one is an embryo calf sired by Haltcliffe Vermount and out of Rahoney Deborah – a Mas Du Clo daughter. She has a beef value of LM+31 and headed home to the Wisharts herd of A Wishart, Portadown.
Second at the same money was Millgate Hiphop, owned and bred by M Loughran, Dunamore. This December 2012-born heifer is sired by the herd’s French stock bull Condor and is out of the homebred dam Millgate Ainsi – a Ronick Gains daughter. She heads to Newry with J Cranny with a beef value of LM+31.
Just shy of this at 2,250gns was Rahoney Hayley, from the same stable as Rahoney Heather. Born in June 2012 she is sired by the Wilodge Vantastic son Carmon Copilot and is out of Rahoney Elizabeth. Boasting a beef value of LM+33 she was purchased by H Miskelly, Ballynahinch.
Then selling for 2,100gns to D Harrison, Annalong, was Messrs J and J Aiken’s Carnew Imogen, from their herd in Dromara. This maiden heifer carries a beef value of LM+32. Sired by Procters Commander she is out of the homebred dam Carnew Dawn – a Ryedale Paragon daughter.
Averages: 32 females, £1,576.64.
(JA McLelland and Sons)