28 February 1997

Limousins make £300 more this spring in NI

LIMOUSIN bulls are enjoying a remarkable run of spring sales, with the latest in Northern Ireland returning an average up £300 on last year.

A capacity crowd with cash to spend took the bull average to £2583 at the British Limousin Cattle Societys show and sale at Portadown last week.

The top price of 3400gns was paid for a first prizewinner from Co Londonderry breeder William Crowes Kilmaconnell herd.

Kilmaconnell Littlelad, a son of the 1996 Balmoral champion Mereside Filipo, won his class under judge Mr Billy Brown, Banbridge, and was sold to I Gray, Co Fermanagh.

A fleshy son of Triomphe, Hollybank Lotus, made 3200gns for owner William Scott,Lisburn. Bred out of a Hampton Valiant cow and with a 500-dayweight of 779kg, he went toFergus Kelly, Co Londonderry.

Scoring well on BLUP with a well above average beef value of +35 – good enough to achieve Gold Star status – was Newry vendor Peter Murphys Carrickaldreen Legend. By Gagnant and out of a Crownhead Fivestar dam, he made 3050gns after taking the reserve junior championship.

Hillfarm Larry, by the 1994 Royal Highland champion Filip, earned 3050gns for owners M and D McPolin, Newry. Another Gold Star bull with a Beef Value of +37, he went to J and G McMullan, Coleraine.

Keen breed supporters Hazel and Judith McCracken secured their first supreme ticketafter a long journey from Newtownards. Their smart Duc son, Seaview Lustre, made 2900gns to William Galway, Co Down. (Automart)