Beef optimism sees Lims hit 42,000gns at Carlisle

Wilodge Vantastic topped the British Limousin Society’s Carlisle fixture last week, earning 42,000gns for breeders Christine Williams and Richard Bartle.

Limousin breeders and farmers looking for crossing bulls pulled out all the stops at last weekend’s breed society sale at Carlisle with a top price of 42,000gns.

The prospect of better times for British beef helped lift the overall average for 142 bulls by £1244 on the year to an impressive £4353, but did not disguise the fact that 83 bulls remained unsold.

Overall champion and top price was Wilodge Vantastic from Christine Williams’ and Richard Bartle’s herd in Shropshire.

With a beef value of 43, he is out of the herd’s show and brood cow Ravenelle.

He is the first son of Wilodge Tonka to be offered. 

Vantastic heads for Oxfordshire to join the stud team at Peter Smith’s Ironstone herd in Banbury.

Another Tonka son, Wilodge Vontrapp (beef value 36), realised 8200gns to Richard Lawrence, Nuneaton, while the Procters Subaru-sired Wilodge Viceversa made 7000gns to John Kingan of Dumfries.

It was a good day for Lockerbie breeder Stephen Illingworth, with bulls at 24,000gns and 13,000gns.

His Glenrock Ventura (beef value +25) has a maximum Signet score for muscle development.

He is by Glenrock Spartacus and out of a Marquis dam and goes to Ian Handley’s Gunnerfleet herd at Carnforth, Lancs.

The 13,000gns Glenrock Victory (beef value +30) is a Rocky son out of a Kype Interrogate dam and heads for Dyfed with Mr & Mrs Jones & Daughters.

An undisclosed buyer parted with 21,500gns for Dumfriesshire breeders W Cruickshank & Sons’ Clury Vanityfair, a Sultan son.

There were two deals at 14,000gns.

Carnforth buyers R & B Harker took the Rocky son Carmorn Vandyke (beef value +40), while P Alexander of Perth matched the bid for the first son of Samy to be offered by Robert Graham.

His Grahams Voyagerman is out of a Jersey dam.

(Harrison & Hetherington)