Last Friday’s (9 December) final Limousin sale of 2016 ended on a record-breaking high at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, in what has been another strong year of bull and female sales for the breed .

Averages were up across the board with 37 Red Ladies selling to £5,365 up by £1,097 on the year. 

The pedigree-weaned calves, born this year, saw 59 sell in all, up by 19, with the bull calves averaging £3,990, up by £1,139. The top price weaned calf at 10,500gns set a new record mark for the sale of calves.

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Leading the way at 32,000gns was the supreme champion from the pre-sale show in the shape of the maiden heifer Grahams Lilly from R and J Graham, Airthrey Kerse, Dairy Farm, Stirling.

Grahams Lilly from R and J Graham, Airthrey Kerse, Dairy Farm, Stirling

Selling for a maiden heifer record of 32,000gns was Grahams Lilly from R and J Graham, Airthrey Kerse, Dairy Farm, Stirling © Wayne Hutchinson

An embryo calf born in May 2015, Lilly is a full sister to the 40,000gns Grahams Lorenzo and the 16,500gns Grahams Lizzie. Grahams Lilly is sired by Claragh Franco and is out of Grahams Coffee, who is a Millington Vascular daughter.

She was snapped up by W Richardson and Son, Ghyll House, Appleby, Cumbria, for the family’s burgeoning Mystyle herd.

It was a terrific day for the 50-cow Grahams herd who sold seven animals in all for a mighty £75,600.

Other top prices attained included Grahams Lobelia at 10,000gns, the weaned calf Grahams Murphy at 9,000gns, and Grahams Lisette at 7,000gns.

Second top price

Taking the second top price of 12,000gns was the first prize-winner Dinmore Lunar from Paul Dawes, Dinmore Manor, Herefordshire.

This October 2015-born heifer is the first calf from the homebred sire Dinmore Immense who was male champion at the Royal Welsh Show in 2015.

Her dam Dinmore Eclipse, by Haltcliffe Vermount, is a maternal sister to the well-known sire Wilodge Cerberus. Purchasing this animal was Steven Wilson, Egremont, Cumbria.

Grahams Lobelia made 10,000gns when selling to new buyer Iain Graham, Rose Castle Farm, Dalton, Carlisle. Again sired by Claragh Franco, this May 2016-born embryo calf is out of the imported dam Cavaliere, who is sired by Rammadan.  

Taking the Reserve Overall Championship in the pre-sale show was Beachmount Lady from K and C Knox, Whitehill North, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, who sold for 9,100gns to Aileen Ritchie, Whitecairns, Aberdeenshire for her Ritchies herd.

Beachmount Lady was born in February 2015 and is sired by Lowerffrydd Empire and out of the Wilodge Vantastic-sired dam Beachmount Favorite. 

At 8,500gns was the August 2015-born embryo calf Harestone Ladylike from Neil Barclay, South Road, Insch, Aberdeenshire.

Sired by the 32,000gns Millgate Fame this heifer is out of Glenrock Impulse who is a full sister to the world-record breaking 125,000gns Glenrock Illusion. Purchasing Harestone Ladylike was Paul Cairns for his Plumtree herd at Hall Farm, Tollerton, Notts.

Weaned calves

Setting a new-weaned calf sale record for the breed at 10,500gns was the first bull calf in the ring Pabo MrMuscle from WP Hughes and Son, Llanbabo, Rhosgoch, Anglesey.

The calf sold to Gary Bell, Hass Side Farm, Lockerbie for his Haassidefarm herd. He is sired by the popular AI sire Lodge Hamlet and out of the Jockey sired dam Derosa Visa.

Pabo MrMuscle

Setting a weaned calf record at 10,500gns was Pabo MrMuscle from WP Hughes and Son, Llanbabo, Rhosgoch, Anglesey © Robert Smith

Iain Graham, Rose Castle Farm, Dalton, Carlisle, who had purchased in the Red Ladies sale, was back in action to buy Burnbank Maggiemay from D and L Graham, Mains of Burnbank, Blairdrummond, Stirling for 9,000gns.

A January 2016-born heifer, Maggiemay is sired by Elite Foreverbrill and is out of the dam Burnbank Crystal, sired by Grahams Tycoon.

Continuing his fine run from the Red Ladies Sale, R and J Graham, Airthrey Kerse Dairy Farm, Stirling made 9,000gns for Grahams Murphy when selling him to DA Thomson, Thropton, Morpeth, Northumberland. 

Another sired by the AI sire Claragh Franco, this March 2016-born bull calf is out of another imported French dam Cousine, who is sired by Toutastis.

Two fine young embryo heifer calves, Procters Mermaid and Procters Mayfly from Procters Farm, Slaidburn, Nr Clitheroe, Lancashire made 8,500gns and 8,000gns respectively. Both heifers were snapped up by Messrs DG Green and Sons for their Derriaghy pedigree herd at Lisburn, Co. Antrim.

The same-way bred both heifers are by Haltcliffe Gentry and out of the Objat daughter Glenrock Diamante.   

Averages: 37 (+12) red ladies, £5,364.93 (+ £1,097); 14 bull calves, £3,990 (+ £1,139); 45 heifer calves, £2,330 (+ £104) (Harrison and Hetherington).