Foxhillfarm Jasper from Michael and Melanie Alford, Cullompton, Devon made led the British Limousin Cattle Society’s May Show and Sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Saturday (2 May), making 35,000gns.

Jasper is by the Wilodge Vantastic son Loosebeare Fantastic and is out of the herd’s noted cow Bankdale Alice, who was purchased for 15,000gns at Gordon Wilson’s Bankdale Dispersal Sale at Carlisle in July 2011. Foxhillfarm Jasper is the third Supreme Champion at Carlisle out of the same cow, Bankdale Alice, and was purchased by Messrs Jenkinson for their noted Whinfellpark pedigree herd at Clifton Moor, Clifton, Penrith.  In a unique arrangement the Alfords have entered, and will show, the bull at the Royal Highland, Great Yorkshire, and Royal Welsh Shows through the summer before the bull heads to Whinfellpark.

Foxhillfarm Jasper

The Alford family saw a fantastic day’s trade, selling three other lots, all the same way bred, to gross a massive £101,850 for four lots.

Achieving the day’s second highest bid of 29,000gns was the reserve overall champion Foxhillfarm Jupiter. He was purchased by Stuart Fotheringham for his pedigree Ballinloan herd, Dunkeld, Perth.

The Alford’s second prize winning Foxhillfarm Jackflash sold to commercial producer EA Davies, Pantmaenog, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, for 19,000gns.

Following him at 14,000gns was the second prize winning Foxhillfarm Justthejob who went north to the Knock pedigree herd of AG Howie, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire.

Northern Irish bulls once again featured strongly through the sale.

The first bull at 16,000gns was the first prize winner, Culnagechan Instructor from Derek Hume, Randalstown, Co Antrim, made 16,000gns when selling to Messrs AE Neachell and Son, Aldridge, West Midlands.

Culnagechan Instructor - 16,000gns

Born in November 2013, Instructor by the Glenrock Ventura son Ampertaine Elgin and out of Carmorn Velvet, a Kype Spartacus daughter.

At the same money was another Ampertaine Elgin son, Ampertaine Inferno from James McKay, Maghera, Co Derry.  This bull stood third in his class and is out of the prolific dam Kype Tiffany. He was purchased by Mr JH Neale and Son, Launceston, Cornwall.

First time exhibiter at Carlisle Mark Stewart, Randalstown, Co Antrim, sold Lenagh IQ for 13,000gns to the Keskadale herd of KD Harryman, Keskadale Farm, Keswick.  This November 2013 born bull won the intermediate and overall reserve champion rosettes in the pre-sale show. He is by Claragh Franco, a Wilodge Vantastic son, and is out of the homebred Lenagh Chanel, who is a full sister to the mother of the noted females Dinmore Elle and Dinmore Glorious from Paul Dawes.

Lenagh IQ - Intermediate Champion and Res Overall - 13,000gns

Gunnerfleet Impressive from Ian Handley, Gunnerfleet Farm, Chapel Le Dale,  Ingleton, Lancashire, made 10,000gns when selling to the Overthwaite pedigree herd of Mr RS Harker, Carnforth, Lancashire. Born in October 2013 born he had stood reserve intermediate champion to the reserve overall. He was the first son to be offered at sale by the herd’s 17,000gns stock bull Maraiscote Graffiti and is out of the cow Goldies Annie who was originally purchased for 11,000gns.

From the junior section, Mereside Intense, from RM Hazard and Sons, Grantham, Lincolnshire, also sold for 10,000gns. This first-prize winning bull was purchased by DC and KL Hutchinson, Barnard Castle for their Beldow pedigree herd.  December 2013 born, Mereside Intense is the first son to be sold at public auction by the herd’s 30,000gns sire Honeymoor Favourite, a Haltcliffe Braveheart son.  He is out of Mereside Elegance and comes from the same family as the 40,000gns Mereside Godolphin.

At 9,200gns was Westside Irvine from S and GA Potter, Thirsk, North Yorkshire.  This June 2013 born embryo calf is by the 35,000gns sire Plumtree Deus and is out of the French bred Anisette.  Westside Irvine, who is a half-brother to the 9000gns Lodge Henri, was purchased by commercial producers Monzie Farms, Crieff, Perthshire.

From their 80 cow herd, KI and E and HI Jones, Betws-Y-Coed, Conwy, sold Garnedd Intelligent for 8,200gns.  Another first prize winner this bull is by the famous Broadmeadows Cannon son Ronick Hawk and is out of the 2011 born Garnedd Gain, an Overthwaite Ben daughter.  Purchasing this September 2013 born bull was TP Wigham, Haltwhistle, Northumberland.

Also at 8,200gns was the December 2013 born Loosebeare Ignition from Messrs EW Quick, Crediton, Devon.  An embryo calf, Ignition is by the noted Ampertaine Foreman and is out of Rainbow Ranii, a half-sister to the noted Loosebeare herd sire Rainbow Simon. This bull, which carried a big beef value of LM+57 was bought by CR Lowis, Waterside House, Howtown, Penrith.

The same vendors also sold the November 2013 born Loosebeare Idiot, a first prize winner, for 7200gns.  This calf, by Aghadolgan Emperor and out of Loosebeare Belicity, was purchased by A Cooke, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

Averages: 41 senior bulls, £4,873.54; 48 intermediate bulls, £5,265.31; 28 junior bulls, £7,771.88; 117 bulls overall, £5727.88 (84% clearance).

(Harrison and Hetherington)