Superior Limousin sires in demand
BUYERS were ruthless in their selection of Limousin bulls at Perth but cash-starved suckled calf producers still sought-out superior sires and competed for them with determination.
It led to 93 bulls finding new homes to average £2813 and produced a top price of 7500gns.
Borders breeder Keith Redpath, taking time-out from his rapidly developing business in black Limousins, took the intermediate championship and enjoyed a great trade for his "conventionally-coated" string of bulls.
Redpaths Noble sold for the top of 7500gns. This son of Tanhill Rumpus out of the Uplands Baccarat-sired cow Softlaw Frisby heads for Islay to work on suckler cows for Donnie McCormick.
And three of his other bulls that figured among the days top prices were out of Frisby. Redpaths Nijinsky by Broadmeadows Cannon made 5000gns to Careston Estates, Laurencekirk and Redpaths Masterpiece, also by Cannon, made 4000gns to Ian Petrie, Ballintuim.
The intermediate title winner Redpaths National, by Cannon, was withdrawn from the ring but later sold for 6000gns to A Farmer for his suckler herd at Crook of Devon, Perthshire.
Michael Massie, from the famous Aberdeenshire stockbreeding family, stood champion with Elrick Neutron, a Goldies Irish son out of the 11,000gns Crownhead Elegant. Neutron, whose EBV of 38 puts him in the top 1% of the breed, made 6500gns to Bob Cunningham, Islay.
Bulls from the Shannas herd of Aberdeenshire breeders John and Margaret Penny attracted a great deal of attention prior to the sale.
And buyers turned their admiration into hard cash taking bidding to the days third highest level of 6400gns for Shannas Napoleon. This stylish, well-muscled son of Ronick Jalopy is out of a cow by Talent, a sire whose daughters are proving valuable assets to any herd. Napoleon went to south-west Scotland suckler man Charlie Mitchell.
Another son of Jalopy from the Shannas herd made 5200gns to J and W Thomson, Kelso.
Other leading bids included 5500gns for Shire Norman from Doug Edgar, Penrith (to J McGregor, Glenfarg) and 5000gns for Ronick Novelty from David Dick, Stirling (to S Sharp, Alford). *