This Friday see’s some of the finest Limousin genetics in the country come under the hammer when the Lodge, Ronick, Haltcliffe and Goldies herds come together for a female sale at Carlisle.

With 81 head catalogued there should be something for everyone and all budgets, although as always when it comes to Limousin females the top lots will no doubt make some serious money. This will only be a brief preview and to be fair to all concerned I’ve picked two choices from each herd’s consignment, as ever feel free to give me your thoughts too.

First up is the Lodge herd of Ian and Wendy Callion and the first of my two picks from their lots is Lodge Alisha (lot 3). This is a July 2005-born daughter of Ronick Luke out of Lodge Shirley, a Ronick Gains daughter. Selling with her July 2009-born Atilla sired heifer calf at foot this one has a mother, half sister and daughter all retained and comes with a beef value of +22. Combining both Cannon and Gains, this one of course has a double dose of Broadmeadows Ainsi in her breeding, as well as two lines to Talent.

Second pick from Lodge is the next lot in Lodge Affinity (lot 4). This is a Ronick Urinocco daughter out of Lodge Tiffany, a Ronick Luke daughter. November 2005-born Affinity has a beef value of +19 and sells with her twin heifers by Attila at foot. She has two lines to Cannon and also goes back to Ronick Janita via her grand sire Ronick Rascard, a Lascard son.

Then it’s on to the Ronick offering from the Dick family. The first choice from them for me is Ronick Voitre (lot 14). This is Bailea Olympia and out of the family’s famous cow Ronick Janita, a Gaspard daughter. She in turn goes back to the herd’s foundation cow Rive. Selling having been served by 16,000gns sire Nebo Director, November 2004-born Voitre comes with here Grahams Bonzo-sired heifer calf at foot which was born in January this year. The list of successful relatives to this cow is extensive and she’s an interesting proposition for many.

Following that is Ronick Ellen (lot 37), this is a Fieldson Topaz daughter out of Ronick Victorian, a Bailea Olympia daughter out of Ronick Helma, a Cannon daughter which is full sister to Ronick Nelma, grandmother of 20,000gns female Ronick Telma which sold to Harry Emslie at the last Ronick sale and dam of Emslies Delma which sold back to Ronick in a private sale last year. Ellen comes with a beef value of +31.

After that it is on to the Haltcliffe offering from Matt and Craig Ridley. First choice for me from them is Haltcliffe Dainsi (lot 44). This December 2008-born heifer is by 42,000gns sire Wilodge Vantastic and out of Haltcliffe Ainsi, a Nenuphar daughter out of Lavande, a Dauphin daughter. Vantastic is of course a Ravanelle son, giving Dainsi some of the best French lines available in her pedigree. She has a beef value of +36.

Second pick from Haltcliffe is Haltcliffe Dulcie (lot 45), with breeding like she has she may well be the star of the sale. December 2008-born Dainsi is by Sympa – a legend in his own lifetime – and is out of Haltcliffe Venice, a full sister to 100,000gns sire Haltcliffe Vermount, she is the first female to be offered from French cow Renoncule and her bloodlines are simply some of the best available. Her beef value is +38, with a muscle depth figure of +5.6 and a 400 day weight figure of +66.

The final offering is from the Goldies herd of Bruce Goldie and the first pick from me in this draft is Goldies Dorinda (lot 69) . This November 2008-born heifer is by Ampertaine Bravo and out of Goldies Babette, a Ramses daughter out of Ronick Neat, a Cannon daughter. She combines Cloughhead Lord, Sympa and Cannon and goes back to Ronick Isabelle, dam of 20,000gns bull Goldies Apollo and 12,000gns Goldies Unionflag. She sells with a beef value of +27.

Last of my eight choices in this sale is Goldies Estelle (lot 79). This Haltcliffe Bill son is out of Goldies Uvette, a Goldies Oswald daughter. Born in May last year Estelle has a beef value of +26 and combines Sympa and Lascard lines. Oswald is of course sire of both Smithfield and Scottish Winter Fair champions, while Uvette has bred heifers up to 5000gns in the form of Goldies Caprice.

So, that’s my pick from the catalogue, it is by no means an exhaustive list and there’s bound to be something else that’s caught your eye, there are certainly others I like the look of. Unfortunately I won’t be able to get to the sale on Friday, but hopefully I’ll have at least one spy ringside to keep an eye on proceedings for me…