8 March 2002

Carlisle gives big welcome to Lims return

By Jeremy Hunt

North-west correspondent

LIMOUSIN bulls marked their return to the Carlisle sale ring with a feverish trade, which levelled 100 deals at £3929 and a top price of 16,000gns.

The huge turnout meant ringsiders watching the pre-sale show struggled for a view of the bulls and buyers had to scramble for a bidding pitch.

The British Limousin Cattle Societys sale was the first Continental breed fixture in England for over a year and among the top bidders were several who had lost stock to foot-and-mouth.

Signing the 16,000gns cheque were Steadman and Judy Dodd, of Penrith, whose Redrock herd, which was established 22 years ago, was slaughtered last spring.

Like many others, including judge Ron Cruickshank, of Strathaven, they had been impressed by Lake District breeder George Huttons bull Cloughhead Radar, which stood supreme champion. This 25-month-old is by the Broadmeadows Cannon son Cloughhead Jurassic and showed power and hindquarter, typical of this bloodline.

The Handley family from Ingleton, Yorks, produced a tremendous team of bulls from their Gunnerfleet herd. Most had been bred from their 10,000gns investment Tunnelby Monkeytricks.

The star was Gunnerfleet Richard, which took the junior title and made 12,000gns. His dam, the Randall sired Una, has earned over £50,000 in bull sales. Buyers were David and Vicky Hill, who run the Raysonhall herd in Penrith.

At last Februarys sale, west Wales breeders David and Aled Edwards scooped the top price at 9500gns. And they were on the leader board again last week making 11,000gns for their Dyfri Riogrande.

By the French bull Jockey and out of a cow by Rake Denver, he has a beef value of 30, which puts him in the breeds top 1%. Buyers were Ayrshire-based John Smillie and his son John, of the Smithston prefix.

The sale, which achieved an 80% clearance, got off to a strong start with a good selection of older bulls. Several bids among the first lots nudged 3000gns.

Best price for mature sires was 7000gns, paid by GR Jones, Oswestry, for Stephen Potters Westside President, a Japelou son out of the successful show cow Broadmeadows Jiji.

Reserve intermediate champion Confluence Romeo, from Lincs vendor A Ogg, was one of two bulls at 10,500gns. He is by the Cannon-sired Hartside Jacko and heads for Kirriemuir, Angus, with buyer W McLaren.

The Handleys were back in the money taking 10,500gns for their Monkeytricks son Gunnerfleet Rocky, bought by I Renton and Son, Morpeth, Northumberland.

The breeds two top sires came up trumps for breeder G Rowson from Sutton-on-Forest in Yorks. He collected the intermediate title with the Cannon son Rombalds Rebel, bred out of a Broadmeadows Drummer cow. Buyers were ES and E Norman, Carlisle, at 10,000gns.

Mr Rowsons Rombalds Rapier, a much-admired Greensons Gigolo son with a beef value of 28, led his class and was later snapped up by fellow Yorks breeder Paul Byas, Driffield, at 9200gns.

Gary Swindlehurst was in charge of the Lancs-based Procters Farms consignment and topped a good class with Procters Rocco, a son of the 14,000gns Neutron. Roccos beef value of 36 complements his powerful conformation and he sold for 9000gns to J Penny for his Shannas herd in Aberdeenshire.

Averages 35 senior bulls £3693, 35 intermediate bulls £3805, and 30 junior bulls £4348 (Harrison & Hetherington). &#42