24 July 1998

Nugget strikes gold

A LIMOUSIN bull bought as a stock sire many years ago at Carlisle continues to produce some outstanding progeny for Devon farmers Bill Quick and Sons.

Making one of their regular long-haul trips north, they picked up the top price of 5000gns with Loosebeare Nugget, a striking son of their prepotent sire Strathallan Diplomat.

With a Beef Value of +30, this January 1997-bred bull created a lot of interest among buyers at the mid-summer sale of Limousin bulls where 63 averaged £2147.

Out of an Uplands Buccaneer dam, carrying that influential line to Talent, Nugget was reserve male champion and reserve inter-breed junior bull at last months Devon County Show and was part of the champion interbreed pair at the Royal Cornwall Show. He was bought by Dr William Irvine of Teviot Agriculture, Perthshire. Full brothers to this bull have sold to 8200gns and averaged 4500gns.

R M Jones, Abergele saw his stylish Brenmick Moy, son of Broadmeadows Cannon, make 4900gns to W and G Tweedie, Biggar, Lanarkshire.

Joe Raine and Sons, Penrith invested 4200gns in fellow Cumbrians Matt and Craig Ridleys Haltcliffe Negus, a son of Newhouse Lordship while Brian Jones from Powys sold a November 1996-bred imported bull, Maxum, at 4000gns.

Maxum, by Lanaud, went to J Maxwell and Son, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Another good price for Mr Jones came with a 3400gns call for Bailea Nimrod, a son of his imported sire Imposant. Buyers were R McIntosh and Son, Huntly, Aberdeen.

(Harrison and Hetherington)