Fashion and figures are on offer in plenty at next week’s sale of Limousin bulls at Stirling.

 

A strong catalogue of 103 bulls by leading sires – combined with top-ranking performance figures – presents some interesting genetic packages for both pedigree and commercial buyers.

 

Progeny of many of the breed’s big-money bulls such as Cloughhead Umpire (42,000gns), Wilodge Cerberus (50,000gns) and Wilodge Vantastic (42,000gns) are up for grabs with some of the highest EBV scoring sires being sons of the Vantastic son Goldies Comet (23,000gns).

 

David Baillie is no stranger to this fixture and his stalls have three Comet sons with some of the highest performance records at the sale – Calla Floyd (Lim+48), Calla Fergus (Lim+47) and Calla Finlay (Lim+40). But Stephanie Dick has chosen Stirling to sell the first bull from her Stephick herd. She looks likely to have plenty of interest in Stephick Flashi. By Vantastic and out of a Ronick Astique cow, Flashi stood third at the National Limousin Show and adds to his appeal with an EBV Lim+40.

 

Bruce Goldie brings an interesting string. Goldies Frank is by the big winning – and now very successful sire- Ampertaine Bravo (24,000gns) and out of the Lascard dam Goldies Treasure – who has already bred Goldies Andres at 11,000gns. Frank boasts a Beef Value of Lim+40. Goldies Forecast – also by Bravo and out of a Ramses cow – has attained Lim+46.

 

Black Limousin genetics are certainly no longer a “colour fad” and there are leading bloodlines from the USA on offer. While the Rawburn herd will no doubt have plenty to interest Limousin stalwarts in the future, John Elliot whets buyers’ appetites this time with Elliot Black Firestarter, a black-coated bull (91% black genetics) boasting some of the USA‘s most sought after maternal genetics and sired by the intriguingly named Wulfs Shop Talk.

 

R M Adam and Son bring black genetics from their Newhouse herd including Newhouse Black Freelander – a Hudscales Bigboy son – with an impressive Beef Value of Lim+51 while Harry Emslie brings Emslies Black Fandango who is by Bailea BMW and has a Beef Value of Lim+37. (United Auctions)