31 May 2002

Limousin herd tops 6800gns

AN unstoppable demand for pedigree Limousin females continued at Carlisle last weekend when 54 cows and heifers from Michael and Roger Hazards Mereside herd levelled at £2520, reaching a top price of 6800gns.

The herd, established in 1983, is based on some of the breeds most successful breeding lines with foundation stock from Uplands, Broadmeadows, Tanhill, Grange and Lumbylaw.

But it was an all-French bred first-calver with a stylish bull calf at foot that wooed the crowd drawing 6800gns from regular buyers Smiths of Bloxham for their herd at Banbury.

Mereside Petticoat is by Imprudent and out of a French cow by Colibri. She was sold with a February-born bull calf by Dyfri Orato. Petticoat was in-calf to the French bull Lascar imported by the Hazard Bros three years ago.

Penrith buyers Messrs Jenkinson mopped up several of the best lots on offer including Mereside Perry at 5200gns. By the Broadmeadows Cannon son Wheatsheaf Laird and combining Uplands, Goldies and Grange breeding, she was suckling a heifer calf by Lascar and was in-calf to him again.

The Jenkinsons also gave 4100gns for the 12-year-old cow Mereside Furycine, one of the herds most successful breeding cows by Oakley Oscar, and out of a Rocali dam from Broadmeadows. She was in-calf to Lascar, her ninth pregnancy.

And they continued to stave off ringside competition paying 3700gns for a 1998-bred Wheatsheaf Laird cow, another 3700gns for a young cow by the Greensons Gigolo-sired Bailea Jumbug, 3600gns for a 1997-bred cow by Imprudent and 3400gns for another Jumbug daughter.

Other principal bidders were RA Walker, Appleby, Cumbria who gave 4500gns for a cow by Imprudent, suckling a heifer calf by the French sire Lino, while JW Dent and Sons, Barnard Castle, Co Durham paid 4200gns for a cow by Mereside Grouse. (Harrison & Hetherington) &#42