28 November 1997

Is 28,000gns best ever UK price for a maiden heifer?

By Jeremy Hunt

A 28,000gns bid – thought to be the highest UK price ever paid for a maiden heifer – came at the Red Ladies Derby sale of Limousin cattle at Carlisle last Friday.

It was paid for the 20-month-old Ronick McAinsi, consigned by David and Ronald Dick, Mains of Throsk, Stirling and bred in the purple.

She is by Talent, the 1988 Royal Show champion Royal Show. And she is out of the great cow Broadmeadows Ainsi, that produced the prepotent sire Broadmeadows Cannon.

McAinsi was champion at this years Royal Show, but as well as her good looks she boasts an impressive BLUP performance. Her beef value of +64 with a +47.2kg for her 400-day weight and 0.61 points for muscling puts her in the top 1% of the breed in the UK.

At Carlisle she stood champion under judge Karen Henshall, Dumfries and was claimed by Doug Mash for his Brockhurst herd in Buckinghamshire.

Messrs Dick also achieved the second highest price of 6500gns for Ronick Matilda, a Cannon sired maiden heifer out of the imported French cow Giroflee, by Colibri. She was bought by J R and S Potter, Thirsk, North Yorks.

AVERAGES: Four cows £1858; five heifers with calves £2866; 30 served heifers £1464 and 34 maiden heifers £2358. (Harrison and Hetherington)