17 July 1998

Lims prove popular

THE busy summer show season and the frustrations of awkward silaging weather failed to deter a big crowd from turning out at Carlisle to pay a top price of 4400gns for a Limousin.

The bid came for Shire Imran, offered as stock bull in the production sale of cattle from North Yorks breeder George Westgarth – reducing numbers from his long-established Newsham herd.

The 1993-bred Imran already has some good progeny and is noted for his quiet temperament. He is by Gagnant and out of a Normande Bismark cow and was originally bought privately from his breeder Doug Edgar, Penrith. His new owner is Jim Hallam, Sandbach, Cheshire.

A Normande Ecosse sired heifer, with a powerful November-born Imran son at foot, made 3500gns to A and R Thompson, Saltburn, Cleveland.

Averages: 50 cows and heifers £1323; six served heifers £1216; 11 maiden heifers £857 and one bull £4620. (Harrison and Hetherington)

&#8226 A collective sale of Limousin cattle held on the same day produced a top price of 5000gns for the five-year-old bull Crownhead Jasper, a Berrichon son out of Fieldhouse Niki. He was part of a consignment of cattle which included 100 Limousin-cross cows and calves from T and P Cheshire, North Marston, Bucks. A pedigree Limousin cow and bull calf from R and M Birkett, Bristol made £2000. &#42