Even though last Friday’s Limousin bull trade at Carlisle was slow to get going, buyers were still prepared to pay big for some of the noted prefixes.

Topping the day’s trade – which saw 342 bulls entered, but about 75 not forward due to bluetongue movement restrictions – at 30,000gns were the Ridley Bros, with yet another powerful Sympa son.

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Haltcliffe Banker sold with a host of breeding figures behind him. With one of the top EBVs in the book at +40 and out of Cloughead Rowan, a dam the brothers have had Igenity tested with top marks for carcass, fat, red meat yield and carcass weight, this bull was sure to cause a stir.

Digging deep with the top bid of 30,000gns were Messrs E H Pennie and Sons where he will join their Sarkley herd, Powys.

Sympa sons continued to cause a stir when the intermediate and overall champion from Co Londonderry breeder James McKay stepped in to the ring. Having taken the male champion title at the Royal Ulster show in May this year and the All Ireland male championship, Ampertaine Bravo then went on to take the Carlisle title the night before under judge Andrew Ewing.

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Out of Kype Ultra and selling with a more than impressive +43 EBV, he went to a joint buy between Bruce Goldie, Dumfires and Messrs Fisher, Castle Douglas for 24,000gns.

At 19,000gns Keith Redpath secured Hudscales Bigboy, the reserve overall champion from A and W Cowx, Wigton, Cumbria. Bought on behalf of Drew Adam, Newhouse, this Gunnerfleet Talker son is out of Hudscales Pansy and sold with an EBV of +39.

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More Carlisle report and pictures to follow soon…..Commercial breeders were also prepared to dig deep with bids up to 14,000gns. And selling at that figure was Stephen Irvine’s Fleethill Talisman’s son Anside Barnabas, out of Anside Ultra, who now heads to Messrs Burrows, Co Durham for their suckler herd.

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Coming in at the same figure were David and Ronald Dick, Stirling who took home Ashhollow Bombshell from Co Tyrone breeder J Callion. Sired by Rocky and out of Lyvennet Paris, Bombshell has already been show successfully this summer having taken the reserve all Ireland male title.

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Dropping down the bids to 9500gns and helping to pay some of their top priced bid was E H Pennie’s Sarkley Bucaneer. By the 15,000gns Greenwell Major and out of the 2000 Royal Welsh champion Sarkley Ola, Bucaneer sold to Messrs Williams, Wales.

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Another impressive EBV of +42 saw the same bid paid for Jimmy MacGregor’s Ardbrack Taketime’s son Dyke Bennevis. He is the only male embryo from the Dyke Pat and Taketime flush and sold to Messrs Cockburn.

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Three bulls sold for 9000gns, the first of which being another Sympa son this time from J E Henderson, Hexham.

Another bull from Jimmy MacGregor sold for 9000gns to Messrs Owen. Again a Taketime son, Dyke Bingo is a heavily muscled bull with an EBV of +20. Invernesshire-based W F Cruikshank and Sons sold for 9000gns to Messrs Gordon, Waterside.