21 June 2002

Trade fierce for pedigree Lim females

By Jeremy Hunt

SALES of unhaltered pedigree Limousin females continue to produce a competitive trade at Borderway Mart where the latest fixture saw prices reach 4000gns.

Although the influence of top sire Broadmeadows Cannon remains as strong as ever, breeders are always on the look out for quality females from unrelated families.

The two top price entries were both without Cannon breeding with the highest call coming for a second calver by the noted female producing sire Ami.

Local breeders G Phillips & Son, who run the Mardoneen herd, consigned Fewacres Nobelle. She is out of a Frisson cow from the family that produced Tanhill Rumpus. She was sold suckling a heifer calf by Greenfield Pete, a son of Ronick Hawk out of a Djerk dam. Nobelle stays in Cumbria with Messrs Howe, Appleby.

Midlands-based Walter Smith Farms accounted for two of the highest prices – Roughley Oriel at 3700gns and Roughley Jasmine at 2400gns.

Oriel, who has a beef value of 26, is by the French sire Flasch and out of a Greensons Finlay dam. She was sold to G Ibbs, Stoke-on-Trent. Her heifer calf at foot is by Wintles Matchwinner, who has a beef value of 40.

Roughley Jasmine is by the Oakley Vortex son Wedmore Emperor and out of the Wintershall Jupiter-sired Harvest Orchid, which was one of the Roughley herds foundation females.

Emperor is a Lime Elite sire with some good show wins behind him. Jasmine was suckling her fifth calf, a bull by Matchwinner. Buyer was M Walker, Skipton, North Yorks.

But Cannon breeding was in evidence as grandsire of Greenfield Ride, an in-calf heifer from south Wales vendors E Matthews and Sons. This served heifer is by the Cannon son Ronick Hawk and out of a Djerk dam. The heifer was in-calf to Genus Habitus and realised 2600gns to Messrs Hill, Penrith.

The same vendors also earned 2100gns selling Greenfield Rupee, a served heifer double-bred to Cannon, with two lines to Hawk, to J and S Little, Carlisle.

Best for Robert and Jean Graham of Stirlingshire was 2200gns for Grahams Rachel. This served heifer is 100% French-bred coming from the sire Illegal and out of a Bouquet-sired cow. The service sire is the French bull Pataud, who is by Hersey which stood reserve champion at the 1999 Paris Show.

Buyer was T Horn, Appleby, Cumbria, who equalled the bid to take Ringway Rowena, a served heifer by Ronick Luke, from breed society chairman Peter Henshall, Lockerbie.

The day included a female draft from the Middledale herd of East Yorks breeder Paul Byas, which sold to 2400gns when T and E Milburn, Carlisle, claimed Middledale Madelene.

This 1996-bred cow is by Herioque and has a beef value of 27. She was suckling a bull calf by Newhouse Nox.

Averages: 77 cows and heifers (served or suckling) £129 and 59 bulling and maiden heifers £970. Middledale – 36 cows and heifers £1175 (Harrison & Hetherington). &#42

Roughley Oriel and her calf, Roughley Sapphire, from Walter Smith Farms, were the top price outfit through the ring selling for 3700gns at Carlisles unhaltered females Limousin sale last week.