5 June 1998

2300gns bid twice for Limousins at joint Carlisle sale

By Jeremy Hunt

TWO Scottish Limousin herds achieved equal top prices of 2300gns when stock carrying the Linross and Crownhead prefixes were offered at a joint production sale at Carlisle.

Good breeding featured strongly in the leading prices achieved by the Linross herd of Glamis, Forfar breeders Bob and Jane Douglas.

The purchase of the mature Hydesville portion from the Powner family in 1994 had a significant impact at Linross and it was one of those cows, the senior cow Hydesville Barissa, that jointly topped the trade at 2300gns.

Sold for 29,000gns

Buyer J J Templeton, Kilmar-nock secured the 12-year-old Barissa, a show-winning Favori daughter out of the great Druk Larissa which sold for 29,000gns in 1985. Barissa was suckling a bull calf at foot by Lino.

A 2100gns call from S and P Edmondson, Keswick claimed the 1996-bred Linross Margarite, a Sevenoaks Ivan sired heifer in-calf to Lino. Another Ivan heifer in-calf to Gaulois realised 1850gns to McKinney Bros, Co Londonderry.

Bob and Jean Burnells well-known Crownhead herd from Inverurie, Aberdeenshire offered a selection of calved and in-calf heifers by successful sire Crownhead Hydro.

Peter and Anne Lang, Helmsley, North Yorks paid 2300gns for Crownhead Lille, a calved heifer with a Beef Value of +20 and suckling a bull calf by Hydesville Laser.

An identical bid from J and &#42 Phillips, Carmarthen bought the served heifer Crownhead Melody, in-calf to Bailea Mexico – a bull bought in February this year for 7000gns.

An undisclosed bidder gave 2100gns for another heifer and calf outfit and the Langs were in again at 2100gns to claim a served heifer in-calf to Mexico.

AVERAGES: Linross — 13 cows £1599; 11 served heifers £1240; 14 maiden heifers £945 and 11 bulls £1217. Crownhead – five heifers with calves £2047 and 11 served heifers £1579. (Harrison and Hetherington).

&#8226 A sale of unhaltered Limousin females held at Banbury reached a top price of 1020gns three times. The bids came for a cow and calf from West Sussex breeder J L Bairds Baird herd (to J R Lloyd, Oswestry); a Grange heifer and calf from Buriton Estates, Hants (to J J Comer, Swindon) and a heifer and calf from the Baird consignment (to J A Wood and Sons, Shropshire).

AVERAGES: 15 maiden heifers £626; seven served heifers £760; three heifers and bull calves £1064; three cows and bull calves £948; seven cows and heifer calves £885 and four cows £807. (Midland Marts)