A yarding of 119 Limousin females topped at 15,000gns with a cow-calf outfit at Borderway on Friday (18 August) as five pedigree herds marketed high-quality males and females and commanded a combined price tag of 380,000gns.
Redland Gazelle and her June-born heifer calf Redland Novalty knocked down to Geoff Hadfield of the Willowbank herd, Droylsden, Manchester.
She is out of Civelle and by Volcain and bred by RM and HJ Lewis, Lewis Farming, Wetherby.
Born in November 2011, Gazelle has been described as “one of the best cows to come out of France in recent years”.
Her heifer is by stock bull Eldorado, who won reserve intermediate champion at the 2011 National Limousin Show.
Next best at 10,800gns was Redrock Jazzylady with her bull calf Redrock Mallard at foot from JS and JO Dodd, Temple Sowerby, Penrith.
The April-2014 cow is by Frewstown Fbrilliant and out of Redrock Goldenlady, knocked down for 5,200gns to Mark Harryman and Sarah Warriner, Pickering, North Yorkshire.
Bull calf Mallard, a Shaws Jimmy son, knocked down for 5,000gns to Gary Bell, Haas Side Farm, Lockerbie.
A cow-calf outfit then saw cow Redrock Jill make 6,000gns and heifer calf Redrock Magic 4,200gns, both knocking down to Whinfellpark.
Jill is another Frewstown Fbrilliant daughter out of Redrock Enid and her calf is by Japelou.
Redrock stock bull Shaws Jimmy made 7,800gns, knocked down to J Orr & Sons for their Randerston Herd, Kingsbarns, St Andrews.
By Ampertaine Commander and out of Lowbarn Baacia, the easy calving and quiet sire Jimmy was bred by Mr M Burns, Glenside Farm, Ayrshire.
Meanwhile, the Dyke herd of JR MacGregor, Milton Campsie, Glasgow, topped at 9,000gns for cow-calf pair Dyke Flower and October-born bull calf Dyke Mandela.
The seven-year-old is out of out of Dyke Crocus and by Cappaduff Aaron, who has bred many fine replacements in the Allanfaulds and Dyke herds and made 3,000gns to David Tomlinson. Her Dyke Gandalf calf sold to Messrs Pickering for 6,000gns.
Averages: Redland herd: 30 cows served and/or suckling, £3,237.50; eight heifers served and/or suckling,£2,205; 10 served heifers, £2,131.50; 10 maiden heifers, £1,506.75; three stock bulls, £4,375; four young bulls, £3,176.25.
Hollyash herd: four cows and heifers served and/or suckling,£2,441.25; three maiden heifers, £1,277.50. Redrock herd: 12 cows served and/or suckling, £4,663.73; four maiden heifers, £3,202.50; one stock bull, £8,190; one bull calf, £1,365.
Castlenock herd: two cows served and/or suckling, £3,053.75; six maiden heifers, £1,382.50; one bull calf, £1,522.50. Dyke herd: 20 cows served and/or suckling, £4,381.13. (Harrison and Hetherington)