18 February 2000

Hobby Lims beat the rest at 10,500gns

A PLUMBER who keeps just five Limousin cows as a hobby scooped the breeds top price of 10,500gns at Perth.

Willie Lawson of Auchterarder, Perthshire sold his 20-month-old Windsole Observer to Northern Ireland breeder Sam Coleman, who was on his first buying mission to Perth.

Observer, who notched up a couple of good championships in Scotland last summer, is by Haltcliffe Hercules and out of the Broadmeadows Cannon sired Windsole Julia, the 1996 Royal Highland Show champion.

Observer had a Beef Value of 22 and helped lift the average for BLUP recorded bulls; 54 recorded sires averaged 2842gns compared with 37 non-recorded entries levelling at 2290gns.

High performance bulls achieved the best prices with the nine entries showing a Beef Value of 30-plus averaging 3610gns. The 17 bulls in the Beef Value range of 20-22 averaged 2930gns.

The overall number of bulls sold was only marginally down but prices eased by nearly £600 with the 103 deals averaging £2737 compared with £3308 for 110 last February.

Stirlingshire breeders Robert and Jean Grahams champion, Grahams Omar, made 7500gns. He had a Beef Value of 28, was by the French sire Jockey, and now joins David McKerrows herd in Fife.

The Homebyres herd of Kelso-based breed society president John Logan had a great sale with six bulls averaging £4000. Top was 6500gns for Homebyres Ocean taken by Proctors Farm, Clitheroe, Lancs. This son of Homebyres Homer had a Beef Value of 32, one of the highest in the catalogue. (United Auctions). &#42