26 March 1999

Lumbylaw herd cuts numbers

LUMBYLAW, well known as the countrys largest Limousin herd and for its on-farm BLUP recorded bull sales, has decided to cut cow numbers.

Owner Richard Oates has built the herd up to 350 cows at his Jedburgh, Roxburghshire farm, but its put a strain on grazing and facilities. Numbers are being scaled back to 260 and the first production sale of females was held at Carlisle last week where prices reached 3200gns.

The top call came from Teviot Scientific, Comrie, Perthshire, for Lumbylaw Ninette, a Cloughhead Charlie sired served heifer. Bred out of a Goldies Carlos dam and with a Beef Value of +32, she was AId to the herds leading sire Haltcliffe Hercules last November and then allowed to run with Balfunning Maxim.

Another Hercules daughter figured in the leading bids when the maiden heifer Lumbylaw Ninki realised 2700gns to D and V Hill, Ousby, Penrith.

A batch of mature cows was included in the sale with the sixth calver Lumbylaw Glamour drumming up the most ringside interest to make 2100gns to A C and B M Morgan, Pontardulais, Swansea. This Goldies Carlos daughter was sold suckling a bull calf by Rachels Lancelot and was in-calf to Fedneyhouse Nelson.

Heifers suckling their first calf were led by Lumbylaw Milkmaid, a Lumbylaw Handsome daughter with a heifer calf at foot by Hercules. She made 1600gns to R Aitken, Glasgow.

Averages: Eight cows and heifers with calves at foot £1443; seven heifers in-calf £1327 and 18 maiden heifers £1149. (Harrison and Hetherington) &#42