Pedigree Limousins sold to a high of 40,000gns at the Sale of Champions from the National Limousin Show at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, last week (29 July) – the highest price paid for a Limousin bull in the UK so far this year.  

Taking the top price was the young bull Grahams Lorenzo from R and J Graham, Bridge of Allan, Stirling. Earlier in the day Grahams Lorenzo had won his class and had placed as reserve junior male champion in front of judge Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries.

An embryo calf by the noted Claragh Franco, and out of the home-bred Grahams Coffey, the May 2015-born Lorenzo had previously won the Interbreed Beefbreeder title at this summer’s Royal Highland Show as well as numerous local show titles. Buyer was the noted 50-cow Wilodge herd, Shifnal, Shropshire.

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Grahams Lorenzo sold for 40,000gns

Grahams Lorenzo, first in class and reserve junior champion, sold for 40,000gns © Wayne Hutchinson

Making the day’s second-highest price was the heifer Grahams Lizzie, another embryo calf from the Grahams herd and bred the same way as the top-priced bull. 

The May 2015-born heifer won first prize in the pre-sale show, where she caught the eye of Jonathan Watson for his Tweeddale Limousin herd, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, who went on to pay 16,000gns for her in the sale.

Grahams Lizzie sold for 16,000gns

First-prize winner Grahams Lizzie sold for 16,500gns © Wayne Hutchinson

The second-prize heifer, Aultside Lambrini, from Garry Patterson, Aultmore, Keith, made 9,800gns when selling to Appleby’s John Richardson. This September 2015-born calf was sired by the Vantastic son Loosebeare Fantastic and is out of Spittalton Flush, a Hargill Blaze daughter.

The young bull Grahams Lamont made 5,000gns when selling to the Lagas pedigree herd of Michael Cursiter, Evie, Orkney. He is by Claragh Franco – the same sire as the day’s top-priced bull – and is out of the French-bred cow Cavaliere, who also bred the 17,000gns Grahams Gayla.

Also making 5,000gns was the heifer Randerston Jasmine from Stewart and Lindsay Bett, Airth, Stirling. By Emslies Galileo, and out of Randerston Gilly, this August 2014-born heifer was purchased by J Neill, Downpatrick, County Down.

(Harrison & Hetherington)