Bidding peaked at 28,000gns at the British Limousin Society’s October bull sales, Borderway mart, Carlisle on the weekend.

Trade levelled at £6,322 for 76 bulls forward – down £14 on the year – with a clearance rate of 66% achieved and ten lots made five figure sums.

Sale leader was Gorrycam Hunter from Stephen Reel, Newry, Co Down, who surpassed last year’s top price of 26,00gns earned with Gorrycam Hazzard at the same venue in May. This July 2012-born bull was placed reserve junior champion in the pre-sale show and was purchased by the Dutch breeding company Cowporation. He has a Beef Value of LM+35, is by the noted sire Cloughhead Umpire and is out of the Sympa-sired Gorrycam Dolly. He claimed junior championship title at Antrim show this year

Gorrycam Hunter 28000gns

Next at 19,000gns was Crossdykes Hercules from James Common and Son, Lockerbie. This June 2012-born bull had stood second in his class to the day’s top priced bull and is by Culnagechan Bullseye and out of the homebred Crossdykes Celia. He was purchased in a two-way split Neil Barclay, Harestone, Aberdeenshire, and Balfour Baillie, Tankerness, Orkney.

Crossdykes Hercules 19000gns

Then at 17,000gns and selling to the same purchaser as the top priced lot was the day’s senior champion and overall reserve Withersdale Heros, from father and son partnership Derek and Darren Wharton, Mendham, Suffolk.
He is by Sympa and is out of the Wilodge Vantastic-sired Withersdale Didi who stems from one of the herd’s foundation females, Calrossie Orticia.

Withersdale Heros

Securing a final bid of 13,500gns was the homebred junior bull, Garyvaughan Haines, consigned by CV and EM Lewis and Sons, Buttington, Welshpool. This May 2012-born bull is by the Loosebeare Voyager son, Garyvaughan Champion, and is out of the Haltcliffe Bruce-sired Garyvaughan Elaine. The hammer fell to G Cameron, Acharrade, Argyll.

At 12,500gns and earning his consigners their first Carlilse championship was the overall champion Emslies Horny, from Harry Emslie, Mintlaw, Peterhead.
This homebred bull is by Emslies Colossus and is out of Emslies Erotic, a daughter of Hartsideanew Argos and out of the 2001-born Heathlands Sweetheart, one of the first purchases for the Emslies prefix and still breeding in the herd. The successful bidder was PW and SM Greed, Rewe, Exeter.

Two bulls in all realised final bids of 12,000gns. The first of these was the second prize-winning bull, Culnagechan Hawkeye, from Mr D Hume, Magherafelt Road, Randalstown, N Ireland. April 2012-born, he is by the Wilodge Vantastic son, Carmorn Copilot, and is out of the Spage Master-sired Ardbrack Revedenuit making him full brother to the 13,000gns Reserve Intermediate Champion Culnagechan Fantastic, Carlisle February 2012. He now heads to the Livet Herd of Mr S Duncan, Achdregnie, Glenlivet, Ballindalloch.


At the same money was the Junior Champion Maraiscote Hiphop from Mr J Nimmo, Bogside Farm, Newmains, Wishaw, Lanark which continued a good run of Carlisle Championships in recent years for the 120-cow herd. Having taken the Junior Male & Overall Male Champion at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, Maraiscote Hiphop is by Goldies Comet and is out of the second calver, Maraiscote Disco, a Virginia Andy daughter. Buyers were J & F Hartley & Sons, Low Shipley Farm, Hamsterley, Bishop Auckland for their Lowshipley pedigree herd.

For the second year running, the Maraiscote team took the Carlisle Three Award for the best pen of three performance-recorded, homebred bulls. These were all Goldies Comet sons and all out of Virginia Andy daughters: Hiphop 12,000gns LM+42; Hawk 11,500gns LM+46; and Harrier 8,000gns LM+40. The 11,500gns Maraiscote Hawk, who had won a second prize ticket at this year’s Royal Highland Show, sold to JC Innes & Sons, Dunscroft, Huntly, Aberdeen. RA Patterson & Son, White House, Capheaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne purchased the 8,000gns Maraiscote Harrier. Overall, Ian Nimmo’s string of six bulls averaged £7,927.

The first prize-winning bull in the penultimate junior class, Ampertaine Hallmark was snapped up for 11,000gns when consigned by Mr J McKay, Kilrea Road, Maghera, Co Derry. A Sympa son and out of the Stockdales Muscular-sired Ampertaine Sandy, Hallmark is three-quarter brother to the noted 29,000gns Ampertaine Abracadabra, and carries easy-calving, growthy bloodlines backed up by the appropriate EBV figures. May 2012-born, he now heads to McArthur Bros, Mid Fleenas, Nairn.

Another Northern Irish-bred bull, Titchburn Heros from Donal Murray, Ballinarea Road, Cullyhanna, Newry, Co Down also made 11,000gns when knocked down to an undisclosed buyer. An embryo calf, this red ticket-winning senior bull is by the 50,000gns Wilodge Cerberus and is out of the Irish-bred Mas Du Clo daughter, Barnattin Vera.

James Alexander, Gloverstown Road, Randalstown, Co Antrim purchased Sarkley Herald for 9,800gns from Messrs EH Pennie & Son, Gwern-Yr-Ychain, Montgomery, Powys for his commercial enterprise. Got by AI by the French-bred Objat son, Etudiant, this April 2012-born bull is out of the Heros daughter, Sarkley Riona and carries a Beef Value of LM+30 and a Muscle Depth EBV of +4.7 putting him in the top 10% of recorded Limousins.

Knock Black Handyman, a red-coated bull carrying black genetics, went under the hammer for 9,500gns. He is by the Queenshead Altea son, Baileys Finalest, and is out of Knock Dolly, dam of the 18,000gns Knock Black Glencoe who went on to win the Male Championship at the 2013 Royal Welsh Show. Purchasing this April 2012-born bull with a Beef Value of LM+39 were commercial producers GH Walton & Sons, Greyside Farm, Newbrough, Hexham.

The Reserve Intermediate Champion, Middledale Hendrix, from Mr PR Byas, Middledale Farm, Kilham, Driffield, E Yorks realised 9,000gns when secured by Mr W Laing, Lower Gaich, Grantown on Spey, Morayshire. One of the first sons to be offered for sale by Scorboro Enigma (by Objat), this April 2012-born bull is out of Middledale Topgirl.

Another bull at 9,000gns was the second prizewinner, Goldies Hawk, from Mr BT Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries. Sired by Wilodge Cerberus and out of the Ampertaine Bravo daughter, Goldies Dove, whose first son Goldies Grandprix sold for 8,500gns, he sold with a Beef Value of LM+43 to CG Simpson & Sons, Square House Farm, Quebec, Co Durham.

Securing a final price tag of 8,000gns was Tomschoice Hurricane on behalf of JM & SP Cooper, Hill Top Farm, Dacre, Harrogate. Having won a red rosette in the first class of intermediate bulls, Tomschoice Hercules is by the Wilodge Tonka son, Kaprico Eravelle, and is out of Tomschoice Amazon. Sold with a Beef Value of LM+42 combined with a top 1% Calving Value of LM+6C, he was purchased by G & E Muir, Gorn, Shapinsay, making him the fifth bull of the sale heading to Orkney.

Averages: 24 senior bulls, £5538.75; 28 intermediate bulls, £6,378.75; 24 junior bulls, £7,039.38.

(Harrison and Hetherington).